(Director of Borneo Operations). Initially based in Brunei, later
moved to Labuan.
HQ DOBOPS Intelligence Section
Central Brigade HQ. Based on HQ 51 Gurkha Infantry Brigade, located in Brunei. Its tactical area of responsibility (TAOR) was the Interior Residency of Sabah, and 4th and 5th Divisions of Sarawak.
Armoured Recce Units:
The Life Guards, From UK Spring 1965. Deployed to Singapore, Seremban and Sarawak. Equipped with Ferret scout cars.
1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, Deployed from UK 1965-1966. B and C Squadrons served in Engllie.
The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars, arrived from Aden in 1962. Based in Malaya. Returned to UK. They were then sent to the island of Borneo where the Indonesians had decided that it was time for an attack before Malaysia was formed. To Counter this various deployments were made to firstly Brunei,and then to Kuching, from Kuching troops were deployed to outposts at Serian, Sunghi Tenghan, Simmangang and Bau. At first the Squadron Headquarters was based at the Police Flats in Kuching, this was in fact a Squadron of armoured cars under the Command of Maj. J T Paley MC, Saladin, Saracen and Ferret, troops were deployed to Kuching Airport and while there Semengo Camp was constructed and was occupied by the Squadron on St Patrick's Day 1963. For a time CoMBrit For Borneo was Major John Paley MC, he was succeeded by Lt Col John Strawson the CO of the QRIH. altogether the regiment had Squadrons in Borneo and Malaysia until being returned to Germany in late 1964.
This was a great time for the various Troops who got the chance to fire the Saladin Main Armament in support of the Units chasing the Indonesian Insurgents back over the Border between Sarawak and Indonesia. There were also patrols on foot through the Jungles to seek out CCO Terrorists who may have infiltrated and also to carry out Heart and Mind exercises to the local population in divisions 2 and 3, these being mainly Dayak Headhunters many of whom lived in Longhouses and had not seen a soldier since the end of the Second World War, however they always seemed to know when we were on the way(Jungle Telegraph) much better than our Radios. These visits were a wonderful eye opener for the soldiers and proved to be very successful.
There is an awful lot more that could be told but suffice to say that the Queen's Royal Irish Hussars acquitted themselves as they have always done and upheld the finest traditions of the British Army and the United Kingdom. Thanks to George Moores for this entry.
4th Royal Tank Regiment, From Aden 1964. Squadrons based Sarawak, Brunei, Singapore and Seremban. For a short while in late September/early October 1965, after an incident involving a "lost its way over Malaysia" Indonesian C-130 Hercules carrying Indonesian RPKAD, the company base at Ba Kelalan (5th Division) was supported by two Royal Tank Regiment (RTR)(4 RTR?) personnel, who installed and manned a 0.50in calibre Browning HMG in the air defence role. This was later taken over by suitably trained personnel from the Gurkha company, after the recall of the RTR. Equipped with Saladin armoured cars and Ferret scout cars, Returned to BAOR 1966.
5th Royal Tank Regiment (H Sqn), From UK. H Squadron deployed in North Borneo February-September 1966. Equipped with Saladin armoured cars and Ferret scout cars. Returned to UK.
1st Bn Scots Guards (with 9 Company, Irish Guards under command - 9 Company also included a platoon made up of Coldstream Guards). From UK. Based Terendak, Malaya. Borneo tours Jan-April 65, Sep-Dec 65. Returned to UK 1966.
1st Bn King's Own Scottish Borderers, from UK 1965.
1st Bn Queen's Own Highlanders, Arrived Singapore April 1961. Deployed to Seria, Brunei on 8 December 1962 by air and HMS Cavalier to quell revolt. Deployed to Borneo May 1963.
1st Bn Gordon Highlanders, From UK January 1965. Returned to UK February 1966.
1st Bn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. From Edinburgh,UK 1964. Based in Selarang Barracks, Singapore. Deployed on first tour to Borneo early 64 - September 64 in 4th Division (Belait and Tutong areas), second tour February-May 65 Balai Ringin, Gunong Gajah and Plaman Mapu, third tour November 65- April 66 Serian, Pang Amo and Plaman Mapu. Returned to Seaton Barracks, Plymouth UK in November 1966.
1st Bn Queen's Own Buffs (Royal Kent Regiment) was deployed from (Kowloon) Hong Kong to Borneo on active service, firstly to Kota Belud in Sabah (for two months) and then to Serian, Tebakang and Tebedu in Sarawak, (1st Division – for four months) from February to August 1966
1st Battalion, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment)
1st Bn Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers, Deployed at end of campaign 1966.
1st Bn Royal Leicestershire Regiment, Deployed 1963.
1st Bn Royal Hampshire Regiment, Deployed from June 1966.
1st Bn Royal Ulster Rifles, From UK 1964. Returned to UK.
1st Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, Based Terendak, Malaya. Borneo tours January 1963 to April 1963 and December 1963 to April 1964.
1st Bn Durham Light Infantry, From Hong Kong June 1963. Returned to UK June 66.
1st Bn Green Jackets (43/52), Based Penang, Malaysia from Spring 1962.Deployed from Singapore aboard HMS Tiger to Brunei. Action at Miri. Returned to Penang April 1963.
2nd Bn Green Jackets (KRRC), Borneo 1965.
3rd Bn Green Jackets (RB), Borneo 1965.
2nd Bn Parachute Regiment, From UK. Borneo tour Dec 64- June 65. Action at Plaman Mapu. Returned to UK August 1965.
3rd Bn Parachute Regiment, D Company Borneo tour Jan - June 1966.
1st Bn South Wales Borderers (3 Platoons deployed at intervals during 1965/66 attached to other battalions while the SWB were based in Hong Kong).
10 Platoon, 'D' Company, 1st Bn South Wales Borderers (24t Regt) A platoon from Hong Kong based 1SWB - attached to 1DLI for the duration of their Borneo tour in 1965/6... Training in Sabah - company base at Bunan Gega but we also served at Plaman Mapu. I was platoon commander. Our platoon was the only unit (as far as I understand) during Confrontation, to be shelled by the Indonesians. This happened on a Claret operation on 11 March 1966. Thanks to Bryan Tichborne for this entry.
No 1 Guards Independent Company, Major JGH Head MBE, Major Sir NKL Nuttal. Deployed Borneo 1964. Two tours under SAS command. Later redesignated as G Squadron SAS.
22 Special Air Service Regiment
A Sqn deployed to Borneo. Tours Jan 63, August 63, July 64, May 65, Sep 65.
B Sqn deployed to Borneo December 64-Feb 65, July 1966
D Sqn deployed to Borneo Apr 63, Feb 65, May 65
51 Gurkha Infantry Brigade
99 Gurkha Infantry Brigade (West Brigade) stationed in Sarawak, CO Brigadier A.G. Patterson O.B.E. M.C. 1962-4, Brigadier W W (Bill) Cheyne DSO OBE 1964-1966.
1st Bn 2nd Gurkha Rifles, Was stationed in 5th Division Sarawak (including Ba Kelalan) in late 1965, handing over to 1st Bn 6th Gurkha Rifles in January 1966. Company Commander was Major J. Chapple (now Field Marshal Sir John Chapple).
2nd Bn 2nd Gurkha Rifles, Based Malaya. Borneo tours 1962, 1964.
1st Bn 6th Gurkha Rifles, Was stationed in 5th Division Sarawak (including Ba Kelalan) from January 1966, handing over to 1st Bn 7th Gurkha Rifles in June 1966. Company Commander was Major A. (Tony) Streather (on attachment from GLOSTERS) (Well-known Army mountaineer).
2nd Bn 6th Gurkha Rifles, Borneo tours 1962, 1964.
1st Bn 7th Gurkha Rifles, Was stationed in 5th Division Sarawak (including Ba Kelalan) in from June 1966 until end of Confrontation. Instrumental in the capture of Lt Sumbi and his band of Sukarelawan (Volunteers) - the unit that carried out the last incursion into Malaysian Borneo. Company Commander was a Major Jenkins.
2nd Bn 7th Gurkha Rifles, Borneo 1965 -66.
1st Bn 10th Gurkha Rifles, Borneo tours 1964, 1965.
2nd Bn 10th Gurkha Rifles, Borneo tours 1964, 1965.
In September 1965, L/Cpl Rambahadur Limbu was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery during operations in the "Bau district of Sarawak". The action actually occurred in Indonesian Kalimantan during the secret "Claret" operations.
Gurkha Independent Parachute Company, Raised 1 April 1963. Converted to SAS type company June 1964.
The Royal Malay Regiment
3rd Royal Malay Regiment, Deployed to Tawau.
5th Royal Malay Regiment, Deployed to First Division.
2 Troop attached to 4th Regt RA. The original 2 Troop served in Malaysia from August 1963 to January 1966. Terendak Camp - attached to 45 Field Regt RA. Approximately half the troop went to Borneo from May to December 1965 - Troop HQ was with 4 Regt HQ in Bau with a Green Archer section at Stass and Serekin fortified positions on the border - elements served under fire as radio relay stations with Gurkha patrols on forays against Indonesian CCO's (Clandestine Communist Organisations). Troop Commander - Lt H.H. Mews RA later to become OC Kings Troop RHA and eventually Prince Charles' equerry. The remainder of the Troop remained at Terendak - involved in preventative measures against Indonesian infiltrators.
2 Locating Troop, RA. Formed from 22 Locating Battery, 1st May 1963 based in the UK initially at Perham Down then at Larkhill. The Troop on it's second FARELF attachment was part of 6 Light Regt RA based at Terendak Camp Malacca. The troop comprised of 3 sections - met, radar and artillery intelligence. The tour of duty for the attachment to 6 Lt Regt was December 1965 - March 1968.
The Troop Commander was Capt K R Harding and the radar section officer was Lt. A.A. Windam. Shortly after arrival in FARELF the troop was attached for operations to 137 Java Lt Battery in Kuching and deployed it's 'green archer' radar at Tebedu alongside a section of 5.5" guns of 132 Battery (The Bengal Rocket Troop) of 6 Regt RA.
At the end of 'confrontation' the troop returned to Malcacca and the radar section prepared for an attachment to 18 Lt Regt RA in Hong Kong. The section sailed from Singapore with it's radars and other equipment on 27 December 1967 on the LSL Sir Bedevere.
Purpose of the operation was border watch with green archer radars. In February 1968 the troop returned to Malacca to prepare for end of tour. Many Thanks to Brian Harrison for the detailed entry.
3 Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (Locating Troop) 3 Locating Troop equipped with Green Archer mortar locating radar. Deployed to Borneo 1965-66.
4 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. In 1963 a platoon (All volunteers) was raised from 4 Field Regiment, RA to strengthen the deployment of the Royal Leicester Regiment which was badly under strength. The platoon operated indepedently of the Royal Leicester's, and were based at SEPULOT airstrip. The Platoon carried out airstrip defence and jungle patrols, usually 10 man, 14 days. The Platoon deployed from Hong Kong for a tour of nine months, before returning to Hong Kong. Commanded by Lt/Col. Bob Lyons; Regiment took over from Australian Artillery Regt. 4th consisted of HQ. Bty, 88 (Arracan), 97 (Lawsons Company), 29 (Corunna)Btys. 29 and HQ. Bty. served in Kuching, 97 Bty. served with the Gordon Highlands at Kalabakan Sarwak. a sub-section fo 97 battery deployed to 5th Division, Sarawak, supporting 1/2 GR at Ba Kelalan and later 1/6 GR. Equipped with Italian 105mm Pack Howitzer M56. The GPO was WO2 (BSM) Ron Baynes and the Gun No.1 was a Sgt Chris Beck. 88 Bty was split up all over Borneo. Initial training and acclimatisation took place in Tarandak camp Malaca Malaya.
Air Troop, 4 Light Regiment, Royal Artillery. The Air Troop 4 Light Regt. R.A. formed under Capt. L.C. Bond in June 1965 at Kluang, Malaya with 3 Sioux helicopters and sailed to Kuching on the LST Reginald Kerr. Transferred from mid-river upstream to Kuching by LCV because of capsized vessel at the Kuching dock. Initially based at the Batu Kitang waterworks along with the REME LAD. Later in the year moved into the more secure Semengo Camp. The pilots and technicians exchanged posts with those from 49 Regt. R.A. (Hong Kong)in late December. Thanks to Dickie Dawes for this entry.
6th Light Regiment, Royal Artillery based in Terendak camp, Malacca. 6 x 105 Howitzers to cover border areas. Tour of Malaysia was from January 1966 to April 1968. H(Ramsay's Troop)Bty, V Bty equipped with 105mm howitzers. 132 (Bengal Rocket Troop)Bty equipped with 5.5" guns. V Bty deployed in Bau and Lundu areas 1966.
12 Light Air Defence Regt: 9 (Plassey) Bty and T(Shah Sujah's Troop)Bty rotated between Tampin (Malay Peninsula) and Borneo. Deployed to Borneo. Equipped with L40/70 Bofors and FCE7 radars. Returned to UK 1966.
16 Light Air Defence Regt: Commanded by Lt Col HD Way. Deployed from BAOR in March 1965 for 30 month tour of Singapore and Borneo. 30 (Rogers's Company) Bty, commanded by Major Bell, 32(Minden) Bty, commanded by Major Arend, each carried out two operational tours at RAF Changi, Singapore and RAF Kuching, Borneo. Equipped with L40/70 Bofors and FCE7 radars. 4.2" Mortar crews who were deployed on the border in Sarawak firstly at Padawen and later at Nibong. Returned to the UK in November 1966.
16th Light Air Defence Regiment RA LAD REME: REME LAD in Cyangi, Kuching Borneo & Singapore.
20 Medium Regiment RA, 12 (Minden)Bty, 43 (Lloyd's Company) Bty. Based in Tampin, Malaysia. Equipped with 5.5" guns. Returned to UK 1963.
12 (Minden) Battery fled out to Kuching about 12th December 1962 and were based in the school at Bau some 8 miles south of Kuching. The Bty Commander was Major Walker RA. and the BSM was BSM Tony Wilcox. The abattery received both the old GSM (Brunei)and the 62 GSM (Borneo)because the GSM 62 replaced the old one two days after the battery arrived in Kuching. The battery's guns were left back in Tampin and the battery acted as infantry patrolling the Border. The battery left Kuching in (I believe) March 63. Thansk to David Williams for the 12 (Minden) Battery information.
22 Light Air Defence Regt: From BAOR . Based at Tampin, Malay Peninsula on short emergency tour to provide additional Short Range Air Support and Defence at RAF airfields, reinforcing RAF Regiment LAA squadrons. 42(Alem Hamza) Bty and 53 (Louisburg) Bty deployed to RAF Kuching. Equipped with L40/70 Bofors and FCE7 radars.
29 Commando Light Regiment RA 20 Bty, 79 (Kirkee)Bty and 145 (Maiwand) Bty.
Based in Singapore, Deployed to Borneo to provide artillery support to units in border areas.
Equipped with 105mm pack howitzers.
22 Locating Battery, RA. A Sound Ranging Troop (22 Locating Bty) left Larkhill December 65 and returned July 66. Deployed at Biarwak?,Stass. 7 Mile Bassar. Located with units from Royal Marines and Coy of the 2 or 7th Bn Royal Australian Regiment.
40 Field Regiment, RA. 38 (Seringapatam) Bty, 129(Dragon) Bty and 137 (Java) Battery.
38 (Seringapatam) Lt Battery, Replaced 97 Bty (4 Field Regiment) supporting 1/6 GR and later 1/7 GR. Equipped with Italian 105mm Pack Howitzer M56. The GPO was WO2 (BSM) Curtiss and the Gun No.1 was a Sgt Deeves.
40th Light Regiment, Royal Artillery HQ battery, 3 miles outside Kuching June 65-June 66. Supporting 38 Bty, 129 Bty, 137 Bty & HQ Bty of 40 Fd Regt. in Pegiru and other forward locations. Based in 7 Mile Bazaar, Bau for short period. OC LAD Captain Shotton. AQMS Burford. AQMS Hancock.
45 Field Regiment RA
70 Bty CO Major J.B. Keenan, based at Kuching with A Troops att Lintang.
116 Bty and 176 Bty equipped with 105mm Pack Howitzers.
170(Imjin)Bty equipped with 5.5" guns, stationed in Sarawk.
49 Field Regiment RA (Air Operations Troop)
94 Locating Regiment RA, (73(Sphinx) Bty)
95 Commando Light Regiment RA 7 (Sphinx) Bty, 8 (Alma) Bty , 148 (Meiktila) Bty. Based in Singapore.
Deployed to Borneo to provide artillery support to forward units in border areas. Equipped with 105mm pack howitzers. Both 8 (Alma) and 7 (Sphinx) batteries completed a tour in 1965-66. battery HQ was co-located at Bty HQ was co-located at Balai Ringin with the HQ of the Inf Bn being supported. Single gun detachments were forward with the infantry companies at Gunan Gajak, Plaman Mapu and Pang Amo. Due to roulement and boundary changes the batteries supported 1 RGJ, 1 DLI, I A&SH, 40 Cdo RM and 1 RNZIR. The Cdo Lt Btys were (for RA purposes) under command of the RA Regt in First division with HQ in Kuching, but for all practical purposes we worked with and for "our" infantry. 140 (Meiktila) Cdo AO Bty was represented in Borneo by a Naval Gunfire Support Forward Observation Team deployed with the Tawau Assault Group. Thanks to Mike Jackson for this entry.
Headquarters 5 Infantry Brigade Signal Squadron (205 Signal Squadron). Departed UK (Tidworth Jellalabad Barracks) Autumn 1965 returned to Tidworth September 1966. OC 205 Sig Sqn at the time Major P.A.C. Baldwin. HQ located at Sibu adjacent to Airport in Sarwak 3rd Division. Believed the location was called "Airfield Camp"". RAF detachment at airfield were flying Scottish Aviation Single and Twin Pioneers also a detachment of Whirlwinds. 3 Flt AAC attached the time. During the early part of 1966 some members of HQ 5 Inf Bde were airlifted from Kuching to Sibu by New Zealand Airforce Bristol Freighter.
10 Signal Regiment
18 Signal Regiment at Princess Mary Barracks, Commanding Officer was Lieutenant Colonel W. W. Cock [R Signals], 1 Squadron Commander Captain J, A. Tonnison, Troop Commander lieutenant P. J. Brunton between 1964-1966.
19 Infantry Brigade Signal Squadron (Air Portable)
Ops Troop, 2 Sqn , 19 (Air Formation) Signal Regiment Ops Troop was based at RAF Seletar but deployed in late December 1962, initially to RAF Labuan, then to Brunei and later had a detachment in Kuching. The Troop Commander was 2Lt Rollo Rumford. The Troop provided telephone communications using 40 Line Field and Fortress Telephone Exchanges and Telephone Set J (Tele Js) for the deployed RAF detachments at these locations. During the first 6 weeks of the operation over 90 miles of D.10 cable was put down. Thanks to Rollo Rumford for this entry.
208 Commonwealth Signal Squadron, This unit was based at Terendak, Malacca. The unit comprised of approximately 60 % British and 40% Australian Signals Corps personnel. Commanders varied, one being major David Commerford (Royal Australian Signals). The unit provided communications support as required to the various units comprising 28 Commonwealth Brigade, and it's title later changed to HQ 28 Brigade Signal Squadron in 1967?. A Coast watching post was maintaing at Kuala Linggi, working jointly with No. 2 Fed Recce of the Malaysian Army. Detachments of personnel were sent to Borneo on 3-month tours, usually to Kuching. Units known to have been supported by 208 Commonwealth Signal Squadron are 40 Marine Cmmando, 1st Scots Guards, HQ 28 Brigade BMA, at least one Gurkha Infantry Regiment as well as providing VHF rebroadcasting support between groups, operating as an independent detachment. Thanks to John Darling for this entry.
249 (Farelf) Signal Squadron. Based at 18 Signal Regiment in Singapore (Princess Mary Barracks) and was actively involved in Brunei and Borneo for the entire period. Detachments from HF Troop and other Troops were deployed in Brunei, Labuan, Tawau, Kuching, Jesselton, and other locations. CO Major Webb. Major Walker, 1961-64. Thansk to Petr Ormefor the amendment to this entry.
266 Signal Squadron, 606 Troop became 266 Sig Sqn in late 1964. It later became JCUB. Thanks to Peter Drew for this entry.
536 Signal Troop, Attached 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders, From UK January 1965. To Hong Kong February 1966.
543 Signal Troop 543 Signal Troop (Royal Signals), administered by 208 Signal Sqn, Terendak Camp, Malacca, was attached to 1 RNZIR. The troop provided comms back to Brigade & support for regimental comms functions. The troop accompanied 1RNZIR on the Pontian deployment, and the Balai Ringin Sarawak deployment during May - Oct 1966. Many Thanks to Lynn (Lee) Burgess for this entry. 545 Signal Troop who were present in the theatre, both in Sabah and Serawak from early May to late September in 1966. The Troop was deployed with the advance party of the 1 Queens Own Buffs and moving to Serawak, located in Serian at Bn H.Q. There we worked alongside the Gurkha Signal Troop from 248 Gurkha Signal Sqn who were based in Kuching. On thier departure with the rear party of 2/10 Gurkha Regiment the Troop then provided comms both to forward units 1 QOB and to Bde in Kuching. Thanks to Norman Horton for this entry.
606 Signal Troop, Stationed on Labuan from August 1963 to February 1964 then on to Brunei. 606 Signal Troop became Joint Communications Unit Borneo (JCUB) in 1965, Headquarters in Labuan with detachments in Sabah (Tawau) and in Sarawak (Kuching).
651 Signal Troop, located in Kuching.
248 Sqn Queens Gurkha Signals. Based in Kuching.
247 Sqn Queens Gurkha Signals. Ex UK/BAOR. Deployed to Brunei Feb 64. Based Bolkiah camp.
Royal Army Service Corps (became Royal Corps of
Transport on 14/7/65):
3 Company Ipoh in 1962, moved to Terendak camp in Malacca in September 1964.
15 Air Despatch Regiment RCT 55 AD Squadron (formerly 55 Air Despatch Coy RASC) CO Major R. Wallis, 61 Squadron CO Major D. Garner, 69 AD Squadron, 130 Flight CO Major Riggall. Based at RAF Seletar.
47 Air Despatch Company, A Platoon deployed from UK December 1962 to relieve platoon of 55 AD Company. Based RAF Seletar. CO Major D Cardle
32 Regiment RCT (24, 25, 46, 61 Squadrons) 46 Squadron was re-quipped with the LSTs Arromanches, Ardennes, Ajedabia.
33 Maritime Regiment RCT. 10 Port Squadron (formerly RE), 74/75 LCT Squadron, 37 Maritime Squadron.
10 Port Squadron served at Kuching, Labuan, Brunei and Singapore, supplying all forces in Borneo from 1962 onwards. There was a detachment on Tawua. Equipped with RPLs, Z Craft and some civilian landing craft. CO in Brunei was Captain Winscall. Skipper in Kuching was SSgt R Wright.
11 Air Supply Container Section
50 Supply Depot Based at Labuan
61 Company, RCT with LAD REME. Station at Labuan and Commanding officer Lt Richard Gibbs.
130 Flight, RCT based originally at Kluang, Malaya, then Seletar Singapore. bases in Tawau, Brunei, Sibu and Kuching. Operating under the command of Brigadier Harry Tuzzo. later to become General Sir Harry Tuzo.
Gurkha Transport Regiment 30 squadron, 31 squadron.
RASC Supply Depot, Kuching. Rasc Supply Depot took over in 1964 from 42 commando in Kuching. Origanally due to go to Labuan on HMS Albion was changed Mid south china sea to sarawak by tramp Steamer. I was ACC attached and one of the First ACC out there in Sarawak. In Charge of Kitchen was Cpl Pete Amos also Pte Barry Ponsford and two others under the RASC messing officer. Thansk to Ian B. Read for this entry.
11 Independent Field Squadron, Royal Engineers. Terendak Malacca Malaysia.1963-1965.
3 Troop, 19 Topographic Squadron, RE(42 Survey Engineer Regt RE) served in 2nd Division, based at Simangang, fm 8.2.64-8.8.64. The squadron was responsible for mapping 2nd Division. 2/10 Gurkhas were also based there at the time. OC Captain Davies(dai), S/sgt Wally Osborne was 2/ic. The RNZAF provided fixed wing air support alongside RAF helicopters. During this period the Gurkha Padre was shot down whilst returning from Kuching.
32 Field Sqn. Borneo tour 1965-1966. Stationed in Kuching, Sibu, I Division and Sibu, 3 Division.
54 Corps Field Park Sqn. Members of Plant Increment, attached to 54 Corps Fld Prk Sqn RE worked throughout Sabah, Brunei and Sarawak from 1965 to 1966. Provided plant fitters to maintain and repair plant being used by British, Australian, Gurkha, and Malay Engineer units.
59 Independent Field Regiment, based in Singapore and served on operation Crown and also patrolled in Malaya.
84 Survey Squadron, 1 Topo Troop based at Sibu & Nanga Gaat.Parent Unit in Singapore.Mapping Sarawak.
OC Lt R.Wood (later Major General D.Mil Svy). 1 & 2 Troops were in Borneo continuously from 1956 to 1967. Parent Unit OC Major R.Busk.
2 Troop was based in Sabah from September 1963 to July 1969 and then moved to Sarawak until September 1970 and then to Pontianak (Indonesia) for six months.
Many Thanks to Albert Ernest Field for the detailed information.
Brunei Works Section, Royal Engineers
I was posted to the unit from Nov 63 to Nov 64 (and subsequently to 11 Indep Fd Sqn RE, Terendak). We were a small works unit responsible for medium and minor works and Repairs & Maintenance under the command of the DCRE, Major J. D. Townsend-Rose, MC, RE assisted by three WO2 Clerks of Works, a WO2 storeman supervisor, a CPL Draughtsman CPL Tony Stock Architecural, a CPL and LCPL Clerk (self)and Driver. One of the WO2 and the driver were detached to Seria. We were located in the Customs Building on the Brunei River and worked in co-operation with the Public Works Department (PWD) next door to 10 Port Sqn RE. CPL Frank Reid was in the Stmn position for part of that time and we both subsequently (and independently) emigrated to Australia and enlisted in the Royal Australian Engineers. Frank saw service in Vietnam and I served in Papua New Guinea for three years. Thanks to Adrian Rogers for this entry.
50 Gurkha Field Regt
69 Gurkha Independent Field Squadron
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
9 Infantry Workshops and 10 Infantry Workshops. Both detachments operated independently One in Brunei (Bolkiah Camp) and the other in Labuan. In 1966 the workshop in Labuan was detached and was allocated the designation of 69 Stn Wksp to the end of the confrontation.
Mobile Servicing & Repair Detachment 75 Aircraft Wksp., REME was a detachment from the main wksp in Kluang, Jahore. The Unit was on Brunei airport, and serviced Army Beaver, Scout & Sioux aircraft. There was a small detachment on Kuching Airport, servicing Auster AOP aircraft. In July 1966 a number of us were posted to Kuching to form 78 Aircraft Workshop. Accommodated in a shophouse at Six and a Half Mile Bazaar, on the Serean Road,in the same compound as 137 Java Bty, 40 Light Regt. RA. The initial Parade as a Workshop about 3 weeks before the cessation of hostilities.
P.W.D. Inspection Team att. Det. 10 Inf. Wksp. Brunie Town. The team was raised in Jan 1963 to inspect and report on the condition of the P.W.D.earth moving equipment abandond by local P.W.D.staff at the start of the insurrection.
Royal Military Police
5 Brigade Provost Unit
19 Brigade Provost Unit
Borneo Provost Section
51 Gurkha Infantry Brigade Provost Unit, Gurkha Military Police.
99 Gurkha Infantry Brigade Provost Unit, Gurkha Military Police. Stationed in Kuching, Sarawak.
Army Air Corps
3 Flight Army Air Corps Advance party of the unit went out around November 1965.
3 Flight was attached to 5 Brigade Headquarters, based in Sibu. We had a number of detachments in the 3rd Division mainly at Kapit, where we operated a small airfield and at Nanga Gaat. The unit was about thirty strong. Having 6 pilots, commanded by Major. J. Cullens. 12 soldiers of the 16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers, as ground crew, responsible for Vehicles and Radio Operations. The rest being members of the REME, their Senior NCO was Staff Sgt Sanderson. Major Cullens was awarded the MBE and Sanderson the BEM. Thanks to Don McLean for this entry.
detachment first deployed in Brunei/Borneo 12/13th December 1962 and moved to
Anduki Airport within a week returning mid January 1963 to Brunei and then onto
Kluang. A small detachment was sent to Kuching in April/May 1963, the full
flight by July/August 1963. This was soon shared with 16 Flight and when I left
on completion of my 3 year FarELF tour in September 1964 was still going on. I
believe 7 Flt returned to reform as a Scout Helicopter Flight in October 1964.
At the time of the Brunei Revolt the OC was Capt Panton R Sigs December 1962, Major Fleming QHF having returned to UK in Oct/Nov.1962. 7 Flt did not open-up Belarga Airfield it was already in use but the 7 Flt detachment was established there after the Long Jawie incursion mid 1963 to have an aerial presence of the surrounding area. Thanks to Ron Ward for this entry
10 Flight Beaver and Scout aircraft. Deployed at Long Pa Sia
11 Flight Based at Kluang and Long Pa Sia
14 Flight Sioux helicopters. Operational and supply tasks
20 Flight Austers. Observation tasks.
656 Light Aircraft Squadron Deployed Brunei,Sarawak and Sabah 1962-66.
Army Catering Corps
Intelligence Corps, provided Int Sects to all Formation HQ, ran interrogation centres, and Field Intelligence Officer (FIO). All FIO's were administered by and belonged to 2 Intelligence Company.
Counter Intelligence Platoon (Malaya)
Counter Intelligence Platoon (Singapore)
2 Intelligence Platoon, 19 Airportable Brigade
5 Intelligence Platoon, 51 Gurkha Infantry Brigade(Central Brigade)
15 Intelligence Platoon, 5 Infantry Brigade(Mid-West Brigade)
19 Intelligence Platoon, 99 Gurkha Infantry Brigade(West Brigade)
20 Intelligence Platoon
21 Intelligence Platoon, (reinforced by personnel from 19 and 22 Intelligence Platoons in Malaya) (formed Interrogation Centre in Brunei and HQ COMBRITFOR?)
22 Intelligence Platoon, 28 Commonwealth Brigade
2 Intelligence Company Commanding Officers were Capt G.D.Jenkins upto September 1965, Capt J.F.C. Althorp from August 1965 to October 1965 and Capt K D Jago from June 1966. 2 Intelligence Company HQ was based on Labuan Island, it was responsible for G1 and G4 issues: pay, promotions, Part II Orders, and issue of AFG 1033 items of equipment, such as personal weapons and medical supplies.
Interrogation Team (based in Singapore, operated wherever there were Indonesian PWs). It was commanded by an INT CORPS captain, its personnel included INT CORPS, REME and RASC (all Indonesian speakers and trained interrogators).
Special Military Intelligence Unit.
Royal Army Medical Corps
15 Field Ambulance, R.A.M.C. Air Portable. From October 1965 till October 1966. The main base was at Ong Tang Swee Rd Kutching but individuals posted to various outposts along the border including Saba. I did a stint at a Heath centre in Kutching before going 'up country' to a camp Wong Padong 25 miles or so beyond Simangang. The fist unit I was attached to was the 4th Royal Tank Regiment who had just taken over from the Q.D.Gs., then with the Life Guards for the last 4 months. As well as providing medical cover to the units at base and on patrols, a lot of time was also given to treat the Iban in their villages and longhouses as 'Hearts and Minds'. Thanks to Eric Hamilton for this entry.
LAD attached to 15 Field Ambulance
16 Commonwealth Field Ambulance, Brunei uprising 1963, Brunei cottage hospital injured personel from Queens Own Highlanders, Gurkha and 42 commando. Kuching police barracks and kuching hospital, January 1964, recovering injured and dead returning bodies to UK.
A medic was permanently attached to the SF base, serving the Gurkha company, the RA detachment and the local populace when requested.
23 Parachute Field Ambulance, Early January 1965 a platoon of 23PFA left Aldershot with 2Para flying to Singapore. We then went to Transit Camp at Neesoon.We attended jungle warfare school at Kototingi for about a month. We then sailed to Kuching. From here we went up country to an area called Sarawack.We were then split to the company's of 2Para and helicoptered into the various base camps in the jungle about 3000yds from the Indonesian border. The thre of us set up asmall medicl centre on camp and took it in turns to go on ambush and hearts and minds patrols. Thanks to Reg Collett for this entry.
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
19 Ordnance Field Park (Air Portable) 19 OFP was part of the Colchester Based 19 Air Poratble Brigade deployment to the Firs Division of Sarawak from Jan - Nov 1965. It was based in Tanah Puteh, Kuching, with a detachment in Simmanggang in the Second Division.
22 Air Maintenance Platoon
98 Ordnance Maintenance Park, Kuching
99 Ordnance Maintenance Park, Labuan
Royal Army Pay Corps
Royal Army Educational Corps
Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps
Royal Army Chaplains Dept
Joint Comms Unit Borneo (J.C.U.B.), Joint Comms Center (Army, Navy, Air Force) Situated in Labuan, Borneo. Was an experimental Com.Center with all three services working together. C.O. was a Royal Signals Major. Stationed there 1965-66.
No2 Comcen Troop Joint Communications Unit (Borneo) was stationed in Kuching with 3 Commando Brigade rear HQ at the police headquarters. One of the commando officers was Captain Sir Stuart Pringle (later Commandant of the Royal Marines).