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Empire Orwell

Contributed by 
Capt. R. D. Proudlock, R.A. (Ret'd)

I sailed from the U.K. to Aden on her in early 1954, eventually landing up  in Singapore for a second tour of duty in Malaya.

My first tour was from late 1947 to 1951 with the 26th. Fd. Regt. R.A.- the very first unit to start what was later called The Emergency.  We, of course, operated in an infantry role and, initially, had the assistance of two former Force 136 people.  Based in Tampin (Negeri Sembilan), initially we operated out of Bahau (Pahang).  On 18 (?) August 1948, I had the opportunity to lead the assault (with 20 men) on a well defended C.T.position in Sungei Buloh, just 12 miles west of Kuala Lumpur.  We recovered 7 bodies and, by all estimates, killed 17 C.Ts., but were unable to find the bodies in the undergrowth.

Capt. R. D. Proudlock, R.A. (Ret'd)

Empire Orwell


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