I recently heard that there was a web site in the UK for past members of The Suffolk Regiment. As I am a resident in the United States, information this side of the pond is non-existent. Not knowing where to start, at least by sending this e-mail I wish to inform all and sundry that I am alive and well. My greatest regret was having my medal and ribbon stolen from me many years ago.
Am I tapping into the correct web site to get information from others who served in Malaya at my time.
As I said, this is my very first attempt, so any information would be greatly appreciated.
After graduating from the Essex Regiment. Meannee Barracks, Essex, I was drafted to Malaya in December 1949 to join the Suffolk Regiment. At that time I was very active in soccer and cricket and was picked to play for the Battalion team. After training and jungle duties , I was transferred to the HQ group in the motor pool.
I thank you for any assistance you can give me.


Dear Sir,
I am Karl Hack, a Singapore-based academic who writes on, amongst other things, the Malayan Emergency. I came across your site, and its list of books, while searching on 'Chin Peng'.
I thought you might like to note that:
1) Alias Chin Peng is now freely available in Malaysia and Singapore, and was in the top 10 list of non-fiction in the latter for some weeks.
2) A book I helped edit, namely:
C.C. Chin and Karl Hack (eds.),
Dialogues with Chin Peng: New Light on the Malayan Emergency
(Singapore: Singapore University Press, May 2004)
Price: Singapore $34 (I think that is about US $20, and by my reckoning about UK 12 pounds).
Also available via Hawaai University Press.
Dialogues with Chin Peng is based on two days of intense discussions involving Chin Peng, General Coates (Australian Army), Leon Comber, (ex-Malayan Special Branch), John Leary (ex-Malayan Scouts and author of works on the Orang Asli), Tony Short (ex-National Serviceman in the Emergency and author of a major book on the subject), and many academics.
Whereas Alias Chin Peng is a journalist and writer's fascnating rendering of Chin Peng's own, story, Dialogues captures Chin Peng's actual words, and shows him being questioned on motives, strategy, and events such as the Bukit Kepong attack. The book has introductions to the Emergency, to Chin Peng's life, documents, maps, previously unpublished photographs and propaganda material, and more. Above all, it shows the gaps, inconsistencies, and contestations: the process of history in the making.
3) Karl Hack and Kevin Blackburn - both based at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, are also currently writing a book on memories of the war and occupation in Malaya and Singapore, and how these have been shaped and commemorated. We are also planning a September 2005 conference, in Singapore, to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the official end of the war.
Our emails are kpblack@nie.edu.sg, and kahack@nie.edu.sg . Anyone wanting a taste, and taste only, of our work in this field, might see the last chapter of Karl Hack and Kevin Blackburn, Did Singapore Have to Fall? Churchill and the Impregnable Fortress (Routledge Curzon, January 2004). This is available from Amazon, but I am afraid currently priced at library rates. Anyway, ch. 6 tells a story of British, Australian, Japanese and Singaporean commemoration unfolding over the years, in abbreviated form.
I apologise for the self-evident and forthright marketing above, but do trust and hope some of this may be of use to you, or as background for your website. I am always open to inquiries, opinions, and information from you, your website viewers, and anyone who wishes to make a contribution to the record, or to putting any error they may spot to right.
I myself am Singapore-born, to British parents while my father was serving in the RAF in the Confrontation period. I was UK-raised, Oxford-educated, and have taught here in Singapore since 1995.
Best wishes in your endeavours,
Karl Hack.


I have only just found this site., and just sat here Chuckling and laughing to myself, did we really do all those things, experience them! I was in that area as a young Private Soldier frightened shitless!

Only we can look back on it now, with some affection. I lost a very good mate there, and still remember him to this day. We Were on a patrol in a very sensitive area and were told to try and get a live prisoner! We had a young Lt who lead from the back, because we  were so short of men, I was then the ranking NCO, can you imagine it! I am sure you guys can! Anyway, suffice to say we had a contact, where we lost one good man, (My Buddy) so we decided to pursue the insurgents. We finally cornered them and suffice to say were not very merciful.  It isn't at all correct in this day and age to say that is it, but I saw what they did to one or two of our lads.

I and my comrades finally managed to get back to base camp without further lose, Thank God, where I Was immediately reduced to the Giddy Rank of Private and the Lt sent home to Blighty for weak Leadership and Cowardice in the face of the enemy!

Next Day I was promoted Cpl!!!!

Nice talking you guys, be Proud, we did that and prevailed,

Terry Wilkes. (Ex QO Buffs, Airborne and Medic).

I wonder if you could supply me with any websites or list of old comrades or information for an old soldier who served in the 86 Medium Regiment Royal Artillery.  His name is Doug Irving (Cpl.) and he was part of operation Zipper in 1943.  He believes that there is likely to be a reunion of old comrades on the anniversary of the operation some time this year.  He would be very grateful to you for any information which you may be able to supply.

With thanks        Ken Martin

This email was received from Bert Emery. I am sure he would love to hear from anyone who served in the same regiment or was in Singapore at the same time.  email

If you have information that you can pass on to Martin please email him

Looking Back "firefight at Kroh"

Hello Mates 
   For years I have been trying to find some one who remembers  an incident that occurred in I think 1961  when  two of our twin pioneer aircraft from 209 Squadron  took a small detachment of 1RNZR to a place called Kroh on the Malay/Thai border   ( see NMBVA website "members stories)  They (the troops ) departed leaving us RAF to a "teabreak" . The "Sally Ann" turned up and dispensed char and wads........Then all hell seemed to break loose with sub m/c guns, grenades and rifles popping off.  We never got to the bottom of what actually happened because we had to depart......   and I have been puzzled ever since .   WELL  I have recently been in contact with an ex CO of 209 squadron ( Sqdn Leader Cess Crooks)  who wrote :- I did know of the "fire-fight" at Kroh.    It was before my time,  but I understand the Police Field Force were  chasing Chin Peng, the CT.  He eventually reached safety in Bentong, across the Malay?Thai border.     The RAF was not allowed to cross the border so Chin Peng and other CT commanders with him managed to get away . 
I feel quite relieved !     At last!  some one confirms  the incident  actually  happened    Crikey  I had started to think that I had imagined it !

Martin Shelvey




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