Major Hugh Seagrim, Distinguished Service OrderHonouring Major 'Longlegs'

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

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.

The small Norfolk village of Whissonsett recently honoured Seagrim in a special service at its church, where his father was once rector. On what was believed to be the 69th anniversary of his death in September _ there is some uncertainty over the exact date _ residents paid tribute to the unsung hero who surrendered to the Japanese to spare his loyal Karen supporters from further suffering.

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