British marine served with 42 Commando, Royal Marines in GB, Hong Kong and Malaya, 1948-1951
REEL 1 Background in Hull, 1931-1939: family and education. Evacuation to Elvington, 1939: experiences as child evacuee. Joining Royal Marines after family quarrel, 1948. Period of training with Royal Marines, GB, 1948-1949: basic training Deal; treatment by NCOs; serious accident during commando training, Commando School, Bickleigh; 1949. Period with 42 Commando, Hong Kong, 1949-1950: joining unit; pleasant experience of soldiering in Hong Kong; move into Whitfield Barracks after typhoon. Recollection of operations with Y Troop 42 Commando, Malaya, 1950-1951: arrival Penang, 1950; basing of Y Troop in mental hospital, Tanjong Rambutan; condition of patients in hospital; primitive ablutions and dysentery outbreak among marines. REEL 2 Continues treatment for dysentery; move to Kinding Camp outside Tanjong Rambutan; jungle patrols; interruption of supply drops; clash with insurgents in jungle and killing of one; question of identification of insurgents; personal morale on jungle patrols; removal of villagers from 'Stink Corner'; re-settlement of villagers; hostility of Malays towards Chinese; opinion of Iban trackers; suffering from spider bite; leave period, Sandys Soldiers Home, Singapore. Bout of malaria after return to GB.