British marine served with 42 Commando, Royal Marines during Limbang Raid in Brunei, 12/1962; served with 42 Commando in Borneo during Indonesian Confrontation, 1963
REEL 1 Background in Shaftsbury, GB, 1944-1961: family; education; interest in joining military. Aspects of training as marine with Royal Marines in GB, 1961: reasons for choice of Royal Marines; reception on arrival at Deal, 5/1961; issue of kit; drill; inspections; physical training and route marches; arms training; sea training at Portsmouth; landing craft training; pattern of infantry training at Lympstone; section and troop attacks; firing sub-machine gun; grenade training; instructors; corps ethos.
REEL 2 Continues: pattern of commando training; reasons for back squading; encouragement of sporting activities; final endurance test including water tunnels; presentation of green beret; drafting to 43 Commando at end of commando course. Recollections of operations as marine with L Troop, 42 Commando during Limbang Raid in Brunei, 12/1962: joining commando in Singapore and jungle training in Borneo; rapid move to Brunei; degree of awareness of situation; arrival in Brunei Town; embarkation on landing barges; atmosphere on barges prior to action; first sight of Limbang at dawn; under insurgent fire; damage caused by machine guns; insurgent weapons.
REEL 3 Continues: disembarking under-fire; deploying in defensive positions; escorting POWs to police station; in defensive positions over night; patrolling from Limbang to search for insurgents. Aspects of period as marine with 42 Commando during Indonesian Confrontation in Sarawak, 1963: move to Sarawak early 1963; deployment to border area; attack by Indonesian forces on base; follow up operations. Aspects of various postings with Royal Marines, 1963-1967: drafting to 41 Commando in GB; drafting to HMS Mohawk; attitude towards sea service; reaction to discharge for loss of hearing; attitude towards service with Royal Marines.