Three Midland war veterans will be among select company marking the 60th anniversary of VJ Day with a special reunion at the Imperial War Museum in London today.
A hundred veterans from the Fourteenth Army and former Far East prisoners of war are expected, among others, to attend the ceremony at which The Duke of Edinburgh will be the guest of honour.
Among the guests will be 85 year-old Charles Wall, from Kingstanding, Birmingham; Ronald Hadley, aged 81, from Bearwood, Sandwell, and David Baker, 80, from Birmingham.
Prince Philip, patron of the Burma Star Association, served with the British Pacific Fleet and witnessed the final surrender of the Japanese.
The event will be hosted by the museum's deputy chairman, Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Squire, to mark the end of the Second World War.
Dame Vera Lynn, who entertained the troops in Burma, which she later described as the greatest adventure of her life, and actress Joanna Lumley, whose late father served with the legendary Chindits, will be among the guests.
Others include former Fleet Air Arm pilot Vice-Admiral Sir Roy Halliday and Norman Richardson who were rescued by the destroyer HMS Whelp in which Prince Philip was First Lieutenant, after being shot down on 29 January
Former Speaker of the House of Commons Lord Weatherill, who served in Burma with the South Wales Borderers; Lord Slim, President of the Burma Star Association and son of Lieutenant General Slim, popularly known as Uncle Bill, who commanded the Fourteenth Army, and Countess Mountbatten of Burma, daughter of Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten, who was Supreme Allied Commander of the South East Asia Command will all be present.
Also attending will be George MacDonald Fraser, author of the celebrated Flashman series of novels,
who served with The Border Regiment and The Gordon Highlanders; artist Jack Chalker, who made secret sketches, diaries and paintings recording his experiences as a Japanese prisoner of war; science fiction writer Brian Aldiss, who served with The Royal Signals, along with Eric Lomax, author of the highlyacclaimed The Railway Man, who endured two years of torture, starvation and distress at the hands of the Japanese, and Fergus Anckorn, the longest-serving member of The Magic Circle, who as a prisoner of war on the infamous Burma-Thailand railway, distracted his Japanese guards with conjuring tricks.
The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas will perform at the event. n A special wreath-laying ceremony will be held today at Birmingham's Hall of Memory, Centenary Square, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of VJ Day.
The ceremony, which starts at 11am, will include representatives from exservicemen's associations and Second World War veterans, with a two-minute silence, a service and wreath-laying.