Thompson, Barrie Victor John 'Barney' (Oral history)
British private served with 1st Bn Royal Hampshire Regt in GB, Hong Kong, Malaya and Singapore during Indonesian Confrontation, 1964-1967
REEL 1 Background in Reading and Plymouth, 1941-1964: family; education. Aspects of period with 1st Bn Royal Hampshire Regt in GB, 1964-1966: background to enlistment in unit; story of how unit had adopted tiger cubs in Malayan Emergency; character of married quarters at Aldershot, 1965; refusal of unit to use parachute assault course; friction between unit and Parachute Regt in Aldershot. Period as private with 1st Bn Royal Hampshire Regt in Hong Kong, 1966: arrival in Hong Kong, 1966; barrack service from Chinese servants; how he was deceived by Chinese 'death money'; regimental loyalty of infantrymen; troop's use of brothels and military police patrols; fate of Private Libby at hands of Chinese mob; riot drill and use of internal security box; amusing story of making tea on departure from Kai Tak.
REEL 2 Continues: flight from Hong Kong to Singapore. Period as private with 1st Bn Royal Hampshire Regt in Malaysia, 1966: course at Jungle Warfare School at Johore Bahru; encounters with snakes; use of Iban trackers; coping with climate; reasons why quartermaster received MBE; method of controlling his civilian labour gang; relations with Provost Sergeant Brian 'King Rat' Allard; contact with US troops at school; his production of unit magazines; skills of barrack-room servants; contrast in attitudes to hygiene between Malays and British; showering in rain; snake story; question of water conservation and dehydration death on Pantai Ridge; reasons for unit doctors banning of 37 pattern belts.
REEL 3 Continues: hearing of Indonesian attempts to invade Malaysia; question of capabilities of Indonesian Army; Australian Army snake-bite equipment; amusing story of 'Mad Jock' Hunter's attempts to get out of soldiering. Recollections of operations as private with 1st Bn Royal Hampshire Regt in Borneo during Indonesian Confrontation, 1966-1967: arrival and disposition of unit, 1966; reprimand for shooting at Indonesian marines; amusing story about camp hygiene; lack of security at tactical base; relations with local monkeys; equipment of Royal Greenjackets; soldier who went native; hearing news of birth of his second son; effect of World Cup film on patrols; soldier who made fortune from showing pornographic films.
REEL 4 Continues: how Special Air Service warn unit about snap inspections; method of removing leech from penis; dealing with unit fatality; Operation Timbertop against Communists insurgents; handling of surrender of Communist insurgents; equipment that Communists insurgents had; character of rations; celebration of Minden Day, 1/8/1966; attempts to catch jungle pigs; question of respecting Indonesian border; amusing story of accidental sinking of patrol boat; killing of monitor lizards to aid villagers; an ambush sprung by monitor lizard; patrolling in jungle; method of carrying out sentry duty at night in jungle; end of Confrontation and disposal of ammunition; demilitarisation of Ulu camp.
REEL 5 Continues: case of refusal to stand to; Malaysian Police officers' method of dealing with Communist opponents; intention of soldiers to buy themselves out of army after tour of duty; conditions in Singapore at end of tour in Borneo; return to GB, 1967; opinion of Indonesian troops.