British civilian schoolchild evacuated from Malaya to Australia, 1942-1943 and in GB, 1943-1945. Officer served with 1st Bn Royal West Kent Regt in Malaya, 1951-1952
REEL 1 Recollections of evacuation from Malaya to Australia, 1942-1943: memories of hearing of outbreak of war with Japan; character of evacuation from Malaya via Singapore to Australia; living conditions in Perth; story of what happened to his father in Malaya and receiving news from him; reasons why his mother wished to return to GB; character of voyage from Australia to GB aboard Sarpedon, 1943. Aspects of period as schoolboy living in GB, 1943-1945: settling in Wandsworth after 9/1943; education in Haywards Heath area.
REEL 2 Continues: sound of V1 passing over school at Haywards Heath, 7/1944-8/1944; re-uniting with his father, 11/1945. Recollections of operations as platoon commander with 11 Platoon, D Coy, 1st Bn Royal West Kents in Malaya, 1951- 1952: background to volunteering for unit during National Service; joining unit at Kuala Kuba, autumn 1951; story of ambush on 11 Platoon at Ulu Caledonia Estate prior to his arrival; his taking over newly formed 11 Platoon on arrival; introduction to patrolling; typical size of jungle patrol; attack on insurgent camp and capture of sentry, 1/1952; success of Corporal Healey's section in Tanjong Malim area, 2/1952; quality of Iban trackers.
REEL 3 Continues: shooting of sentry and pinning down by Bren gun fire during operation in Rawang area; use of EY rifle; outcome of operation including capture of insurgent's equipment; problem of gaining accurate intelligence information; planned ambush in Rawang area; footwear worn by insurgents; success of ambush; degree to which his own background in Malaya helped him.
REEL 4 Continues: end of his National Service, 1952; attitude to having served as National Service officer during Emergency; performance of National Servicemen; opinion of insurgents; army morale; effect of arrival of Gerald Templer, early 1952; meeting with Templer in Kuala Lumpur.