The MALAYAN EMERGENCY & BORNEO CONFRONTATION
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“ The fight to found Malaysia ”
So I'm not surprised there isn't any mention of it in the museum.
Ted Glover 5001
On landing craft transporting soldiers and equipment all over the jungle rivers of Borneo.
Also served on riot squads in Singapore
I'm Magdelene De Rozario and I originally come from Sarawak, Borneo. I am at present based in St Andrews, Fife.
I'm currently researching The Malayan Emergency/ Brunei Revolt/ Indonesian Confrontation. But in particular the Malayan Emergency (the revival of Sarawak Rangers officially formed in 1872 but disbanded in during WW II) in the hope to honour of our home grown unsung heroes the Iban Trackers & Sarawak Rangers.
I started a thread on here about 5 days ago now in the hope of getting to know my countrymen better through stories from British army veterans who had had them as jungle trackers. As all of you would be aware of and agree with me that they were/ are largely illiterate in those early days. As such there is very little written records of their experiences. We don't even have an official list of names for all those who went over to Malaya to assist the British Army with their jungle tracking skills. I have, twice now, travelled into the interiors of Sarawak to seek them out at their various longhouses. I have met those who are still alive and well. They are in their very late 80s and early 90s with memories they wish were sharper.
This is only my pilot comment on here to introduce myself.
It is my hope to write a book in honour of my countrymen, I have given myself 5 years to produce a decent piece of work. I am currently 2 years into it.
Magdelene De Rozario
The reason you didn't receive a medal was that the GSM Malaya Clasp was only issued from 1948 to 1960 then in 1963 The Formation of Malaysia began and the confrontation between Malaysia and Indonesia kicked off. Those entitled to receive the new GSM Borneo Clasp medal.Were those forces who served in that conflict between 1963 and 1966 There was no recognised Conflict between 1960 & 1963 so no medal was issued.
I was based at Seletar and spent my first 6 months at the FETC (Nee Soon) on an Indonesian language
course. I spent time in Labuan and Malaya many times on detachments. Did 2 tours!
John Whitman - Malaya 1955-57. There is a photo of him and his comrades in the RGJ photo archives from 1957. I'm here to ask if anyone remembers him? It is his 80th birthday this year on new years eve and we are compiling a 'This is Your LIfe' story book and celebration. It would be lovely for him to hear or read messages from those he shared that time with. Thank you. Deborah (daughter)