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MALAYA.

1st  BATTALION THE WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/malayan-jungle-patrol-aka-malaya-report

The Malaya Emergency started in June 1948, Communist backed terrorists were attempting to over throw the Goverment.

In May 1950 The 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment sailed from Liverpool to Singapore. Some of the men in the Regiment were young recruits fresh from training completing their National Service.

The objective of the mission was to keep the terrorist in the jungle where survival was difficult.

 

These photos have been sent in by Frank Chadwick who was in Malaya with the 1st battalion The Worcestershire Regiment during 1950-52. Frank  enlisted in 1947 and was in `D' Coy. Frank`s most enduring memory of being in Malaya was the thought of making sure he got back home.

Frank also spoke of his fondness for the Malay Guides, without whom the job of stopping the Guerillas would have been extremely difficult. He remembers the heroic action of one of the guides by the name of Awang anak Rawang who was shot in the thigh and despite his wound he dragged a soldier to safety. This action earned Mr Rawang the George Cross. Frank unfortunatley missed the former guide`s visit to 1 WFR in Hampshire, only finding out after the event. After Malaya Frank was posted to Norton Barracks.

As Frank is now getting older some of his memories are fading and he would appreciate help with names, dates, occasions of the photographs.

If anybody would like to share their memories, Photos and experiences of their time in the Malaya Emergency. We would also like to hear from the families of men of the Worcesters who served in Malaya and have stories to share.

Please contact   nigelfish@ymail.com  any photos received will be kept safe, or good copies will suffice for the website.

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R.S.M. Knox, laying wreath, Frank remembers him weeping at the loss of some of his men.
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Soldier on right is Cpl. B. Stanton , sadley Killed In Action
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Photo of Charlie Marsden, unfortunately he drowned when vehicle went into river, Frank remembers him being Lt. Gabbs driver and the Regimental comic
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Some of the Malaysian guides
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