Malaya & Borneo Veterans unveil memorial at St Paul's 22/04/2005
The Unveiling and Dedication of the Memorial Plaque
of the National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association took place on Thursday,
April 21 at St Paul’s Cathedral.
THE DAILY EXPRESS 22/04/05
At Last.... we honour the heroes of jungle wars
By David Pilditch
Honours Fallen in South-East Asia Wars
A memorial plaque will be unveiled today to commemorate soldiers who fought and died in conflicts in south-east Asia.
More than 360 veterans from around the UK will gather for a service of dedication in the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
Thousands of men served in Malaya, Borneo, Singapore and Brunei during the Second World War, the Malayan Emergency and the Borneo Indonesian Conflict.
The Malayan Emergency lasted from 1948 to 1960. As a result of the 12-year jungle war, fought by British and Malay forces against the army of the Malayan Communist Party, the independent democratic nation of Malaya was established.
The 1962 to 1966 Borneo Indonesian Conflict was a small, undeclared war which came to involve troops from Australia and Britain.
The conflict between Indonesia and Malaysia resulted from a belief by Indonesia’s President Sukarno that the creation of the Federation of Malaysia was an attempt by Britain to maintain colonial rule behind the cloak of independence.
Among those attending today’s service will be the Duke of Kent who will unveil the Portland stone plaque.
The plaque reads: “Remember with pride and gratitude all those who fell in the service of the Crown and in the cause of freedom for the peoples of South East Asia.”
The Duke will be joined by the High Commissioners of Malaya and Borneo, Ivor Caplin, Minister for Veterans at the Ministry of Defence and the Lord Mayor and Mayoress of London.
A contingent of 10 serving Ghurkhas will form a Guard of Honour at the entrance to the crypt to welcome the group.
General Sir Gerry Johnson, patron of the National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association, said: “Their fathers won the Second World War; the generation honoured by this memorial secured the peace.”
The 30-minute service of dedication will be held in St Faith’s chapel in the cathedral’s crypt at 11.30am.