A pair of identity discs worn by Michael Rugman of the 15/19th King's Royal Hussars in Malaya during the Malayan Emergency.
Two discs of white metal, one oval the other round. In the discs are stamped "23217940 / C OF E / RUGMAN MJ". The two discs are connected by a short loop of cord passing through holes in each disc. A longer loop of the same cord is passed through a second hole in the oval disc.
The identity discs issued to Trooper Michael John Rigman of Blackheath, South East London. In 1954, as he approached the age of National Service, Michael enlisted for regular service so as to enable him to choose his unit. His choice of the XV/XIX King's Royal Hussars was based on his desire to travel - unavailable to him in civilian life. Rugman was aware that when he enlisted in September 1954 the KRH, an armoured vehicle unit, had just arrived in northern Malaya on board the EMPIRE CLYDE for operations during the Malayan Emergency. In March 1955, following basic and trade training Rugman joined Technical Troop, HQ Squadron at Ipoh in the state of Perak as a driver / signalman of Saracen armoured cars.
These disks were worn by Rugman for the remainder of his twelve years of British Army service (1954-1966), which included a three year period in the reserves (1957-1960), and a further period of overseas service in Munster, Germany as part of the British Army of the Rhine. During this time the unit acted as nuclear escort regiment for Corporal missile equipped Royal Artillery regiments.