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Honouring major 'Longlegs'

Hugh Seagrim was an unsung war hero who gave his life for the Karen people and the British empire

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  • Newspaper section: Spectrum
  • Writer: Mark Fenn
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It's a long way from the genteel village of Whissonsett in eastern England to the steamy jungles of Myanmar, but the memory of one man lives on in both. 

SOLDIER’S TOWN: The Mae La refugee camp near Mae Sot, on the Thai-Myanmar border, is home to a dwindling number of Karen World War II veterans and their widows.

Maj Hugh Seagrim, a British war hero executed by the Japanese nearly 70 years ago, helped raise a guerrilla army from the Karen tribe that played a crucial role in World War II.

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