FAMILY HISTORY- DONALD CHARLES MELLICAN
BURMA/INDIA and the War with Japan 1941-45
I am trying to trace my sister Kathleen Antoinette pet name Netta,
born 12/6/1921, and my youngest brother Reginald Oscar Mellican, born
My sister and my mother Kate(nee Carter) Mellican, born 23/12/1898, were
reported as having been evacuated by plane from Burma in 1942. Source of
report was the British Red Cross, Geneva 21/6/95 Ref: OP/ACR/ARC/dcu.
Also referenced under 109/PW/33 by the Indian Red Cross.
My father, Arthur Rupert or Robert Mellican, was born on 2/1/1896, and
married my mother at St.Marys R.C.Cathedral, in Rangoon,Burma. His
fathers name was Thomas Mellican, and my mothers fathers name was
John William Carter, and her sister, Ruby Carter.
It is not known where my parents were born.
I left home, to join the 3rd. Light A.A.R.A in Rangoon, on 1/9/1941, and
that was the last time I saw my family, Netta(born 1921),Patrick(born
1925), Kingsley(born 1930), Bridget(born 1932), and Reginald(born 1934).
My sister Netta and I were born in Rangoon, and my other brothers and
sister were born in Moulmein, Burma.
I was actively engaged with the Japanese invasion of Burma, and later
learnt in India whilst I was in the Burma Intelligence Corps, that my
entire family had perished, attempting the trek through the jungle, from
Myitkyina(North Burma) to India via the Hukawng Valley - Shinbwiyang -
Tipong - Margherita. This was reported to the Administrator North
Another report I heard, was that my father, who had progressed some way
with Reginald, handed the little boy to some Gurkhas onward to India.
The Indian Red Cross reported that my father actually crossed the Indian
Border, but died shortly afterwards.
8. After I retired in 1988, I concentrated on trying to trace Reginald
through the media, Sky TV, periodicals, Embassies, the Red Cross,
Salvation Army, and the British Legion. When I was informed in 1955, of
my sisters and mothers evacuation from Burma, I included them in my
search, adding the British Library Records, Blackfriars, London, as
another source of information.
9. My fathers trade was an engineer, and he served with the Irrawaddy
Flotilla Co. Rangoon, Prison Service Rangoon, and finally in the
Moulmein Municipal Corporation from 1930-41.
10.My great grandfather originated from Gorce(or Gorey), Co.Wexford,
Ireland, before going to India. My grandfather Thomas Mellican went from
India to Burma. My great grandfather and grandfather, were rumoured to
be Army orientated. My father served in the 1914-18 War in the Middle
11.My mothers grand parents were rumoured to have originated from
Shipley in Yorkshire.
I would be extremely grateful, if someone out there, could possibly give
me, even a very small lead, to my sister Nettas, and/or my brother
Saturday, 04 September, 1999