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1946 to 1958 => Malaya => Topic started by: Robert Bonner on June 14, 2009, 05:38:44 PM

Title: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: Robert Bonner on June 14, 2009, 05:38:44 PM
I came across this very interesting site earlier today concerning one of the Ibans who served with 1st Manchesters in the jungles of Malaya in the 1950's.  They were a splendid group of men who later formed the Sarawak Rangers.  I have checked with Global Moderator George who confirms that indeed Maja anak Barak was one of ours and also that George has a photograph of himself with Barak which he will send on to the forum.  Watch this space.

http://pgbwarrior.blogspot.com


Robert
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on June 14, 2009, 06:29:40 PM
That was the one  subject heading I did not expect to see however, that period of our history is one that needs to be included at last in the annals of our glorious past.
When I received the message earlier today I was flabbergasted and went hunting through my photographs of that period knowing that somewhere amongst all that rubbish I had a photograph of this Iban Tracker taken up at 'Butlins Holiday Camp Kroh' when we were off on one of our 'play-days'. I had always known him as Mangi - for the life of me I cannot remember the real name of his partner whom we always know purely and simply as 'quarter to three feet' for the very obvious reasons that was how he stood and walked.
Hopefully I have been successful in posting the photograph of Maja and myself taken prior to going out for a few days. If I have failed I will come screaming for help from those more familiar with the system. I do have a larger photograph of the entire Sarawak Platoon taken at Port Dickson, Malacca on the day I picked them up officially as part of the 1st Bn. but would imagine that will be far too large to go on this site. If anyone has any recommendations on that score please let me know because to the best of my knowledge this photograph has never been published in any of our histories.
No doubt there will be many comments re the subject matter but that is what they were renowned for tribally and during  WWII.

Cheers,
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: themonsstar on June 14, 2009, 07:43:36 PM
George I take it that you are the one with the rifle and Mangi is the one with the SMG  ;D

Cheers Roy
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on June 14, 2009, 08:21:47 PM
As expected Roy,
I usually get 'which one is the Iban?' and took some stick when I was posted to the Sarawak Rangers as the late Alf Lomas, then RSM, said to me when it came up in orders'Who have you upset George? Sounds as though you have been posted to a football team!!' which to a man who had always played rugby was a terrible insult.
One thing - this may bring out some of the old mob getting their own back.
Cheers,
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on June 14, 2009, 08:29:26 PM
Many thanks for that link Bob,
Now that I have had the time to go through the entire document (all 32 pages of it) I am curious - in the KIA casualty listings they have my Cpl Adrian (No. 11 on their listings), the one killed at the same time as 2/Lt Raingill, down as a Pte. Correct me if I am wrong - neither of their bodies were ever recovered were they and they were buried where they died out in the ulu.
Looking forward to more 'encouraging' comments in the future  ;D
Take care,
George,
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: mack on June 14, 2009, 09:57:09 PM
george/robert
cpl adrians name doesnt seem to be on the armed forces memorial

mack
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: mack on June 15, 2009, 02:58:44 AM
2/Lt raingills name,was added to his hometown war memorial at hale,cheshire.

mack
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: Robert Bonner on June 15, 2009, 10:33:35 AM
Mack.
Yes.  Max Raingill's name was added to the elegant little war memorial in Hale village by the local council at the request of the Regiment's Malayan Veterans Association.

Corporal Adrian will not be on the  armed forces memorial as he was not a British soldier.  He was, to the best of my knowledge  Malayan, ex Malay Regiment and served with the platoon of Sarawak Rangers attached to the Manchesters.  I should add, despite his modesty, that George played an important role when given the task of educating these magnificent jungle dwellers into a reasonable military unit.  In this he was assisted by Cpl Adrian who became a very popular member of the battalion.  Such was his personality that  his name is always included with those Manchesters who were killed in the fighting.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: mack on June 15, 2009, 07:00:51 PM
thanks robert.
when george described him as MY cpl,i assumed he was a manchester.

mack
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on June 16, 2009, 09:46:33 AM
Morning Bob and Mack,
Sorry for possibly misleading you Mack by referring to Cpl Adrian as 'My Cpl' - that is precisely what he was, one of my men, an excellent N.C.O. who during his service with The Malay Regiment and also alongside Aussies had developed military skills above and beyond what you would normally expect from his background. He had been educated in one of the Missionary schools and his command of the English language was of considerable help to me following my 'crash' course in the Malay language with the 6th Bn The Malay Regiment up at Pengkala Chepa, Kota Bahru, Negrie Kelantan ( out of interest this was the point where the Japs first landed back in 1942).To see him working with me on the square at Tapah you would have sworn he had done the 'Guards Caterham' course, he would have made an excellent 'drill pig'.
His jungle skills had been honed to perfection and I learned a considerable amount from him in that respect and also I must admit from most of the members of that platoon which served me in good stead; after our first operational venture which was somewhat unnerving for me at the beginning wondering 'What if??' I soon began to realize that any headache I might have would be if and when we made a contact with the terrorists - the Sarawaks were eager to fight and kill, that is what they had joined up for and they wanted their longhouses to be proud of them.
Unfortunately whilst we had many success in finding traces of the terrorists movements and many of their food and ammunition/weapon dumps we never had a actual contact but I understand that they put the fear of God into several of the senior ranks of Charlie company during Operation Sword when they did make contact whilst I was back in UK when my father died.
Cpl Adrian was killed alongside 2/Lt Max Raingill 23 November 1953 and due to difficulties of the terrain and location they were both buried in the jungle, may they rest in peace, I think of him frequently and offer my own silent prayer each time.
Ada banyak bagus Kepala Iban - 'satu lagi empat jalan'.
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on June 16, 2009, 09:54:17 AM
Cpl. Adrian Ak T. Sarawak Rangers K.I.A. 23 November 1953.

Help needed it would seem Mack.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on June 16, 2009, 06:34:31 PM
Final attempt to post this photograph of Cpl. Adrian, he is seated extreme right hand side of the front row and in case you don't recognise me I am sat second from the left front row, the Manchester Regiment Officer was 2/Lt. Schwarz, the Bn I.O. at that time.
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: Robert Bonner on June 22, 2009, 10:58:07 AM
Just for general interest.  Here is a photograph of three of our Iban or Dyak  trackers taken in Kroh in 1951.  They are Entalang Anak Umpor, Nabay Anak Linggi and Jampi Anak Ngauh.  At this stage these splendid chaps rarely wore any uniform although in the photo Linggi is obviously proud of his Manchester Regiment badge. One of the most fascinating experiences was to watch them when they were not out on patrol quietly tattooing each others bodies in a blue dye .

Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: Robert Bonner on June 22, 2009, 02:44:40 PM
Since the last item on this subject I have been in touch with the originator of the blog that started this subject off and, for everyones interest, here is his response:

Oh! Great! I'm in the process of making my research on the exploits of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers which will finally lead me to write a book on them.  I'm now digging whatever I could find in the archives of Sarawak Museum. Sometime in October 2009, I will be going to London to do more researches. I know, the War Museum there have plenty of records.

As you can read from my blog, the Government of Sarawak has agreed with my plan to bring all the remains of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers back to Kuching.

                           Lt Col Robert Rizal Abdullah (Retd)  Ex- Malaysian Rangers.

As Moderator George is the expert on the Sarawak Rangers no doubt we shall be able to make some small contribution to Rizal Abdullah's research.

Robert

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Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on June 23, 2009, 02:09:21 PM
Hi Bob,
 Very interesting to read this item but I am somewhat dubious about being called an 'expert' the old definition of such was if my memory serves me right was - 'x' = spot; spert = a drip under pressure - therefore ' X  marks the spot where a a drip is under pressure '   ;D correct me if I am wrong ::)
Cheers.
George.

PS Have found another photograph of our Kroh Trackers, will post it asap.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on June 23, 2009, 11:06:59 PM
Gentlemen,

I'm touched by your warm recounts of the Iban Trackers attached to you during your stint in Malaya. Thank you for remembering them with fondness . It had been  their fighting spirits that had fired me to join the Malaysian Rangers in 1967. I'm proud to say the Malaysian Rangers is keeping alive what the Iban Trackers had proudly displayed - the fighting spirit..

I was supposed to meet Maja ak Barik yesterday (23 June) but unfortunately he couldn't make it. He now lives in Bintulu, one and a half hours flight from Kuching.

Afetr being wounded in 1957/58, he returned to Sarawak. Unable to simply doing nothing, he joined the Sarawak Constabulary, then progressed on to the Police Field Force, where he stayed on till 1975. He was invovled in a few more battles with the Communist terrorists in Sarawak and was a receipint of a Police gallantry medal. He retired a Sergeant. He is now 78.

He has 6 children who are doing very well in life. I will post some of his photos when I get back to my home in Taiping, Perak.

I interviewed another Tracker yesterday - Penghulu Jinggut ak Penghulu Atan. He was in the first group who came in August 8, 1948. A very colourful character. I asked him whether he was with the Manchester Regiment but the name didn't seem to ring a bell in him. This tracker went on to be a Sarawak Member of Parliament for two terms. Amongst his collections of medals and awards are the QMC and OBE. He still keep them except for the OBE which he lost many years ago. He wrote to find out whether he could get a replacement but was told otherwise. He is now 85 but still look sprightly and the glint still shows in his eyes.

Lt Col Rizal Abdullah (Retd)
(I'm an Iban converted to Muslim)
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on June 24, 2009, 09:46:54 AM
Good morning Col.,
I tried to open up with the Malaysian greeting Ke salamatan Jalan but my mind went blank, Welcome to the forum and the 'mad crew' we have on board  ;D.
I throughly enjoyed reading the original blog of yours when Bob sent me the link. Many years have passed since those days but I have the  Platoon photograph shown earlier on this site on the wall of our dining room and look at it every day to remember those persons whom I came to look upon as close friends. Most of their names I have long forgotten as unfortunately when I came home on compassionate leave in June 1953 I handed in my Platoon Nominal Roll Books etc and upon my return to them in August the entire lot had 'disappeared' along with I might add all of my personal items including my treasured beret and Sarawak Rangers cap badge which Col Baird, their OC at Port Dixon, had given to me on taking over the platoon and the only names I can recall were  - Cpl's Adrian, Changai,& Minggis (this latter one was if my memory serves me rightly the Head man), L/Cpl's Nyanau & Bujang who were never far from my side on operations ( self-appointed body-guards I believe!!).
I look forward to reading your book and trust that your researches in London will be highly successful.
Warmest regards fellow Ranger.
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on June 24, 2009, 10:37:06 AM


Dear George,

Welcome in Malay is 'selamat datang'. In Iban language is 'selamat datai'.


It is sad really, that all these years the exploits and services of these Trackers had been little known to the Nation.

I have brought it to the attention of the Country's highest leadership. A heroes memorial is on the planning board. God willing all the remains will be brought home to Sarawak and the dead and those still alive will be accorded a proper recognition - after 60 years!

Can you advice me where can I get the records of these trackers?
1.     List by intakes.
2.   The battles they fought / incidents/ambushes.
3.   The contacts / ambushes that led to their deaths.
4.   Other relevant informations.

Thanks George. Terima kasih banyak banyak.

Rizal Abdullah
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on June 24, 2009, 12:52:20 PM
Afternoon Rizal,
Thank you very much for the reminder of the greetings, as the old saying goes 'Use it or lose it' and as I have not spoken Malay for so many years I can only recall odd words or the 'mock phrases' which some of us developed in our time with the 6th Bn at Pengkalen Chepa such as the one I signed off with earlier in this link ' Satu lagi empat jalan' which to us was simply 'One more 4 the road' and the other one which I ultimately developed as my morning rouse to the platoon ' Apa Changkol Iban' for the English equivalent of ' What Ho Ibans' in which they absolutely revelled.
Now then as for information availability as you listed - you absolutely amaze me, I would have thought that the Malaya Defence Forces or Army HQ in Kuala Lumpur would have had all that information at their disposal.
All that I can remember is being given a brief resume of their origins - namely that General Templar on taking over after the assasination of High Commissioner Gurney  developed the idea of forming the Iban Trackers into experimental fighting platoons to , as Robert Bonner quoted in his book 'Jungle Bashers' -Pages 74 - 75 - '...if I can prove that they can out-bandit the bandits in the jungle, I shall try to raise a Regiment of them.' - he did this in March 1953  and I was amongst the first batch of NCO's given the task of adding military skills to their already highly developed natural fighting abilities and fortunately they were very quick learners and adapted rapidly incorporating their own ' silent signals' into the existing British Army ones. As I have said previously I learned a terrific amount of 'survival skills amongst other things, I also learned very quickly to stop asking 'Appa makan' (What is it?) when a full mess tin  was put in front of me on the grounds of 'what you don't know won't hurt or upset you or your stomach!!!'
However, the only possible source of some of this information would in my opinion be contained within the Regimental/Battalion Intelligence/War Dairies wherever these may be kept - as I said in my last email - my own Diaries was handed along with the Roll Books etc  in when I went home to bury my Father and was not to be found when I returned, the new one I  started was handed in to the Bn I.O. when I was posted back to the UK on completion of my tour of duty.Whether or not this information would have been kept by the War Office/ MoD I have no idea at all, sorry Rizal. If I come up with any ideas on this I will let you know, meanwhile take care, and happy hunting.
Regards.
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on June 24, 2009, 01:40:37 PM
Dear George,

If ever there are any records of these Trackers it could have been kept in the archive of Sarawak museum.  I thought records on battles/contacts would have been kept in Units or War Museums in your country. Anyway, I'll find out. How about battles fought by your Regiment that involved the Trackers?

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on June 24, 2009, 02:13:34 PM
Bob,
I am going to have to come back to you on this query from Rizal, any ideas as to where the Bn War Diaries for Malaya are held? Do they still exist?  Do you have any of this information that he could use? This is the point in time where I regret ditching the book  'Tanah Merah' I had started to write back in the sixties/seventies when my memories were still quite strong and there were also most of the old gang to check out with for the odd details etc. However that is the situation at the moment and I would not like to rely on my memory for any of the incidents or even the areas we used to patrol. Looking through your book Jungle Bashers has revived some occasions but none in which I was personally involved.
I have even spent time on Google Earth looking down on some of the areas we were stationed in and am amazed at the changes in many instances, where there was dense jungle are now loads of villages and Holiday centres, view points and lookouts etc.
Here's hoping,
regards,
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on June 24, 2009, 04:09:53 PM
Dear George,

I appreciate your effort in trying to help out. Hope this Regiment still keeps the records of its Malaya stint. Do other British Regiments keeps records as you do?

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: themonsstar on June 24, 2009, 05:20:49 PM
Hi Rizal and welcome to the Manchester site

Have a look at this link, its to the Catalogue at the National Archives,Kew London, I put in the dates in for 1950-1955 its shows 1648 files/records, have a look if you find anythin you would like to see, let me know I will copy it & email (if its a small file/record) it to you or if its to big I will post it on a CD.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/searchresults.asp?SearchInit=0&txtsearchterm=Malaya+&txtfirstdate=1950&txtlastdate=1955&txtrestriction=&hdnsorttype=Reference&image1.x=24&image1.y=7&image1=GO


Cheers Roy
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on June 24, 2009, 06:27:21 PM
Dear Rizal,
Theoretically all Regiments kept War Diaries/Intelligence reports and these again theoretically should have been passed on to the War Office/MoD and now thanks to Roy our National Archives man and his listings you may be fortunate enough to have access to a lot of information.
I am just sorry that I have not been of greater assistance to you but hope that you will keep in touch with this site now that you have found us and keep us up to date with your findings.
Regards and take care,
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: Robert Bonner on June 25, 2009, 10:32:59 AM
Sadly the situation regarding official records is detailed in my Foreword to Jungle Bashers.

 I quote: "Unfortunately the battalion war diary was destroyed years ago on the instructions of the relevant committee at the Public Record Office as 'being of no historical interest'. Many of the dates and incidents come from my own detailed diary and scrap book kept at the time and from the Incident Log Book for 1953/54, now in the Regimental Archives."

No further comment.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on June 25, 2009, 11:10:45 AM
Morning Bob,
You know me - I never did read 'Forewords' - always head on into the nitty gritty. Thanks anyway for that information - where that puts Rizal now I have no idea at all.
I did send you a PM earlier re Turning of the Leaves as we will be up in Manchester for a few days ( do I need to renew my Passport or get a visa these day?) ::) in July to see a few friends of yore.
Take care,
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: mack on June 25, 2009, 09:17:19 PM
Sadly the situation regarding official records is detailed in my Foreword to Jungle Bashers.

 I quote: "Unfortunately the battalion war diary was destroyed years ago on the instructions of the relevant committee at the Public Record Office as 'being of no historical interest'. Many of the dates and incidents come from my own detailed diary and scrap book kept at the time and from the Incident Log Book for 1953/54, now in the Regimental Archives."

No further comment.
personally,i think their attitude stinks,they are supposed to be the keepers of records,yet they destroy records at the pinch of an hat,they were someones history.

mack >:(
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on June 26, 2009, 09:51:29 AM
Morning Mack,
 I agree entirely with your comments - yes indeed, the history of each and everyone shown on that photograph including myself and the twelve men of the Bn killed prior to 1953, (plus of course the casualties of each and every other unit including Ibans and Dyaks that had been serving in the Federated States of Malaya since it all began back in 1948!!)
However, I suppose the excuse that would have been given was that 'The Malayan campaign was ONLY an EMERGENCY in Aid of the Civil Power and not a War as such'. It didn't end remember until 1963 when a 'Peace deal' was made when Chin Peng came out of the jungle at Baling and Malaysia  then came into existence as an Independent Nation. A former school friend of mine in The Malayan Police force was also  killed down in Rawang in 1952 - were their records also destroyed as being of no historical interest ???
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on June 30, 2009, 04:22:33 AM
Gentlemen,

I'm touched by your kind assistance. I will browse through the informations and links you have given me and will definitely let you know.

I just came back from Kuching, Sarawak to meet and talk to one of the earliest Iban Tracker by the name of Temenggong Jinggot anak Penghulu Atan (FF 622). Tracker Maja anak Barik who was with The Manchester Regiment, unfortunately, couldn't make it to Kuching. I brought Tracker Jinggot to a local media in Kuching. They interviewed him and will get his story published soon.

Tracker jinggot was awarded a couple of awards from the Queen (see pictures) - QMC and the OBE. Can you tell me which are which?

(http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/5995/trackertemenggongjinggo.jpg)

(http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/3263/trackertemenggong4.jpg)


Rizal Abdullah
Malaysia
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on June 30, 2009, 03:01:35 PM
Good afternoon, Rizal,
 I have just spotted your email and must advise that none of the medals displayed are the O.B.E. ; I have been trying without success to find a photograph of the Order for you and must rely upon other more knowledable personages on this site to hopefully come up with an answer for you.
I will continue my searches for you meanwhile I hope someone else can help.
Take care,
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rafboy on June 30, 2009, 04:39:39 PM
For information on the OBE see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_British_Empire
Cliff
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 06, 2009, 01:11:47 AM
Dear George,

In your earlier posting you mentioned the date of the contact made by a sub unit of The Manchesters Regiment where Tracker Adrian and 2/Lt Max Raingill were killed was 23 November 1953. In the "Dead of the British Forces in the Malayan Emergency 1948 - 1960" it is mentioned as 27 November 1953. Please refer to http://www.britains-smallwars.com/malaya/ROH/ausarmy2.htm

Altogether, 21 Trackers and Sarawak Rangers were killed in the Emergency. I am compiling the contacts that led to their deaths. Can you send me the detailed story of the contact that involved Tracker Adrian and other trackers if any, in your Regiment?

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: Robert Bonner on July 06, 2009, 10:22:51 AM
Rizalbob.
27th November 1953 is the correct date, as shown on the list which you mentioned.    2nd Lieuteant Max Raingill commanded 5 Platoon of B Company.  Both he and Corporal Adrian of the Sarawak Rangers were killed during an assault on a terrorist camp in the Sungei Inas Forest in Kedah. During the assault one terrorist was killed.
Robert
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 07, 2009, 08:56:50 AM
Bob,

Thank you for the information.

If I go to London to make some research on the Iban Trackers & Sarawak Rangers - their enlistment lists, which units they attached to and the contacts that led to their deaths - where do you suggest I go to? Please advise.


Rizal Abdullah
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 09, 2009, 03:37:50 PM
Many thanks for that link Bob,
Now that I have had the time to go through the entire document (all 32 pages of it) I am curious - in the KIA casualty listings they have my Cpl Adrian (No. 11 on their listings), the one killed at the same time as 2/Lt Raingill, down as a Pte. Correct me if I am wrong - neither of their bodies were ever recovered were they and they were buried where they died out in the ulu.
Looking forward to more 'encouraging' comments in the future  ;D
Take care,
George,

Thank you George for pointing out that Adrian ak Tandang was a Cpl and not a private as listed in my list which I took from: http://www.britains-smallwars.com/malaya/ROH/ausarmy2.htm/   

Another point that I would like to ask: Tracker Maja ak Barik (Mangi?) told me The Manchester Regiment was redesignated as The Green Jacket. Is that true?
Can you verify the story I wrote about Tracker Maja ak Barik in my blog
http://pgbwarrior.blogspot.com/?

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 12, 2009, 01:43:58 PM
Good afternoon Rizal,
I have been offline for the past week on a trip up to Manchester to see some of my wife's family and also to meet up with some of my former comrades of the Manchester Regiment at The Turning of the Leaves last Wednesday 8th July in the Regimental Chapel in Manchester Cathedral. I am very glad to have been able to get Cpl Adrian's true rank corrected in your details, he was an excellent NCO as I have said on previous occasions. I am also very glad that Bob has been able to give you the details of the action because I was already on my way back to the UK  as a member of the Advance Party to take over Harrington Barracks Formby for the Bn's return in 54 when that incident occured. I think that Maja may have been thinking of another Regiment when he refers to the 'Greenjackets' - they were if I remember rightly the Rifle Brigade units - KRRC etc. The Manchester Regiment did wear Bottle Green Facings on their No. 1's and also on their Mess Dress along with a Green Patch behind the Fleur de Lys on their berets but never had the title of 'Greenjackets'.
I will have to rebrowse your article on Maja again later today before I can give any responses to that query as I am still trying to sort out all the emails in my inbox when I opened up again this morning.
Trust that you are well,
take care.
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 12, 2009, 05:41:25 PM
Back again Rizal,
Maja's details or memories are slightly adrift I regret to say, the only time I or any other sections of the Manchester Regiment were stationed in Johore was when we first arrived there and did our familiarisation Jungle Training at Khota Bahru, the Jungle Warfare School of that period staffed pimarily by Australian Military personnel most of whom had seen WWII service in Papua New Guinea - in fact our Sgt had seen action on the Kokoda Trail up in the Highlands. After six weeks there we went by train to  Prai (Butterworth) from there by road up through Baling and into Kroh where we took over from C Company of The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and inherited all the Iban Trackers  including Maja who had been operating with them. I think all in all there were something like twelve of them some of whom have already had their photographs posted on here. I must dig out that old box of mine which is up in the loft where I should have more photographs of that period.
The only contact action that I can recall was on my first (area familiarisation) patrol with the KOYLI was when we went out to Ayer Hitam Police Post which had come under sustained attack but by the time we arrived there the terrorists were long gone and althought we did a follow-up for three days nothing materiliased, they had nipped over the border into what we knew then as Siam (Thailand).
Will have another think and see what else if anything the old grey cells can come up with.
Cheers for now, my evening meal is ready, adda banyak makan.
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 12, 2009, 06:50:13 PM
One other occasion that Maja might recall was when we were doing a search of the Kwak Valley, again very adjacent to the Siamese border and Maja picked up a very strong and very recent track, we immediately went into Red Alert mode and Maja was off with my leading scouts right behind him. The track led us through some former cultivation areas then onto higher ground, round a large outcrop into really rugged terrain. Maja gave us the halt and listen sign and we could hear chopping sounds within possibly a hundred yards or so so again I moved alongside Maja to give him protection if necesary with my M2 and we moved along - Maja giving me the high sign that we are very close when sudenly my left leading scout stumbled and discharged his Owen Gun, just one round but we heard the clatter as the terrorists grabbed their weapons and gear and took off up the re-entrant in which they had constructed their intended overnight accomodation. We chased up the climb as best we could but I called it off, dusk was closing in, maybe half an hour's light left if that and withdrew back to where the remainder of the patrol had been casting around to see what if anything they could find, the basha was great as also was the cooking pot and its contents left behind by the three possibly four terrorists we had disturbed. Maja was fuming but eventually calmed down and stopped berating the leading scout who had accidently fired his weapon. We were only supposed to be out for the day, had emergency rations of a 24 hour pack between two in the event of something along this line happening and although we did a thorough search and follow the following morning we had to call it off and return to base camp in Kroh where following the de-briefing during which I lost my temper and finished up pulling a 'severe rep.' from the Coy Comdr for '...rubbishing the system and powers that be in K.L. which prevented us from following up across the border into Siam.' That was the major problem in that corner of Negri Perak and why we had so little success in kills there.

Apologies for any lamp swinginmg that may be implied.
Cheers.
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 14, 2009, 12:04:24 PM
Hello again Rizal,
Since writing my last emails I have been doing some checking up on my history of other regiments and advise that - in 1968 1st Bn The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry became the 2nd Bn Light Infantry (LI), then in 2007 the LI merged with the Royal Green Jackets to form a new regiment The Rifles and the former 1/KOYLI/LI became the 5th Rifles. So to some extent Maja's naming of the 'Greenjackets' is in fact correct in the long run.
Is this yet another example of the possible Extra Sensory Perception that I used to detect in the Ibans/Dyaks on odd occasions which they generally referred to as 'Bad Dreams'?? and in many instances would trouble them so greatly to such an extent that the individual concerned was sometimes 'dodgy' on operational activities and I had to keep a close eye on him??
Regards,
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 18, 2009, 03:48:00 PM
Hi George,

The Ibans of the old days were great believers of the supernaturals, good and bad spirits. They strongly believed in dreams. The warning cry of a certain bird would command immediate respect and they would never leave the long house until the spirits had been appeased. You must had seen the bundles of talismans and amulets these Iban Trackers were wearing around their wastes and necks. They have full faith in them too. Many modern Ibans still cling to these beliefs today.

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 18, 2009, 08:17:57 PM
Yes indeed Rizal,
Their amulets and little bundles hanging around their necks were a very familiar sight and I used to enjoy evenings with them when we were back in main base camps watching them extend their tattoos and listening intently to the explanations of what the various markings meant.  They tried for many months unsuccessfuly to have me tattoed and were very reluctant to let me get away without any markings whatsoever.  I did wear a bracelet of hair they had plaited for me on my wrist and when it eventually succumbed to age, wear and tear I burnt it and spread the ashes to the wind as had been explained to me when it was first put on my wrist.
Whilst I was up in Manchester last week I met up with a couple of the lads who had served with us in Keroh (Kroh as it was on our maps in those days) and told them about you and your book and the intended Memorial and return of the remains of all Iban Trackers back to Sarawak  but neither of them are computer minded so sadly they will not be joining us on the Forum.
I have not as yet found any more photographs as I have been quite busy elsewhere doing some research for one of my great nieces who is over in France and Belgium this week and next on a school trip to the Battlefields of WWI including giving her some of the names of relatives who are included in many of the Memorials and one or two of the cemeteries over there. I will be interested to hear her comments upon her return.
Otherwise take care Ranger,
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 19, 2009, 03:09:15 AM
Hi George,

It astounds me how you communicated with them. I don't think they knew a word of English or Malay. May I have your permission to use some of the photographs you had posted in this site?

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 19, 2009, 09:45:37 AM
Morning Rizal,
My contacts were basically via Cpl Adrian acting as translator/interpreter, along with the other NCO's who had attended Mission Schools, and some pigeon English etc which I had developed  over the years whilst serving in the Middle East and East Africa, quite interesting in the very beginning when many errors and misunderstandings occured but as time passed we began to understand one another very well and I began to pick up the odd words here and there of their dialect as also did some of them pick up some of my 'expressions' in English which could be quite 'entertaining' at times.
You may use any of my photographs which you may find useful and also if you like you may quote me if I have given you any information you may find useful. I enjoyed my days with the Rangers they were wonderful people in their own right and I just wish it could have be much longer, however, circumstances as such are beyond the control of us mere mortals.
Take care,
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 21, 2009, 11:49:39 AM
Second try with this photograph Rizal,
Taken at Kroh mid 1951, L - R - Dana, Tampi and Gani - behind them are the Medical centre, Sick Bay and Signals H.Q. for B Company; away to the left of the shot is the Officers Mess .
Fingers crossed this time again.
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 21, 2009, 12:19:55 PM
Dear George,

It is amazing you still keep this photograph in good condition -  even after 58 years!

Can I have your permission to use them in my write ups?

Kroh is now called Pengkalan Hulu (translated as Interior Base). It has grown into a township now, catering mostly to the cross-border trades with Thailand.

The place where your camp used to be is now a sprawling Border Regiment camp. I'll post some photographs when I visit the place the next time.

Selamat malam (it is about 19.30 here now)

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 21, 2009, 01:20:53 PM
Afternoon Rizal,
A lot of those photographs of that period in my albums are beginning to fade and discolour I regret to say in particular some of those taken on operations and are totally unsuitable when scanned.
You are more than welcome to use each and everyone I have sent to this site, I will continue to look for others, my main regret being that I did not have the full names of each of the trackers concerned since my Roll Books disappeared long ago, someone has them that's for sure.
I have also been searching for the Platoon Office sign made for me by our Pioneer Sgt. Ted Widdowson as I am positive you would love to see a photograph of that - basically it consisted of an Eagle wings spread with the Union Flag in its beak and 'Iban Tuffs' above that, painted in brilliant colours on a piece of hardboard about A4 size and I have treasured it for many years now, I will continue to look for it, it has to be in the house somewhere.
Meanwhile as it is only 1315 here I will simply say Selamat Hari ( if my memory serves me rightly).

George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 21, 2009, 02:23:28 PM

........... '...rubbishing the system and powers that be in K.L. which prevented us from following up across the border into Siam.' That was the major problem in that corner of Negri Perak and why we had so little success in kills there.

George.

We were still burdened by the same problem right to the very day the CPM gave up their armed struggle in 1989. After ambushing our troops they would slip back across the border into Thailand and there was absolutely nothing we could do. By that time, time was also running out on them. Most of them were elderly. They couldn't recruit new cadres. The sustained operations to deny them the masses support were bearing fruits. They had to save face and called for a compromise.

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 22, 2009, 02:34:09 PM
OOOOPs, Advice please -- can anyone rotate this picture for me?
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 22, 2009, 03:18:50 PM
Dear George,

Thanks a million for that precious photograph. It has shed a lot of light on the early beginning of the reformed Sarawak Rangers.

I have checked with the Army's records here in Kuala Lumpur and there seemed to be some records of the Rangers kept in the archive. Records of the Trackers, however, are not available.

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 22, 2009, 05:10:39 PM
My pleasure Rizal to have been of such help to you,
At least you have the picture whilst the folk elsewhere on this site will have to do a contortionist act to view it. I am still trying to work out what has happened because in my PC the photograph is perfectly ok and not standing on end.
I am also pleased to hear that Kuala Lumpur Army HQ has got some of the Ranger Records which will hopefully give you all the details of the Ibans in the two photographs ( adda banyak banyak bagus).
I will continue to look through my 'archives' and see what other, if any, gems I can find.
Take care and keep in touch.
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rafboy on July 22, 2009, 08:12:55 PM
Hope this helps.
Cliff
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 22, 2009, 11:13:53 PM
Dear George,

Can you name the officers seated at the front row of both platoons? Who are the gentlemen in white?

Thanks again.

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 23, 2009, 09:06:31 AM
Hi Cliff,
Many thanks for that rotation - I owe you one,
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 23, 2009, 09:16:38 AM
Selemat Datai Rizal,
The Officer in the centre of both photographs was Lt. Col (Dickie) BAIRD, an Australian from Tasmania I believe who had been appointed as Officer Commanding Sarawak Rangers (presumably by General Sir Gerald TEMPLAR who had been appointed High Commissioner (C-in-C) following the murder of the previous H.C.) The Officer from the Manchester Regiment on the first one was 2/Lt. SHWARZ, a N.S. officer acting as the Bn Intelligence Officer at that time. (Protocol, British Army, type, in those days - as Platoon Sgt I could take them into action with potential fatal results but I was not allowed to sign for them!!!) Ridiculous - however.
The W.O.II was from the Royal West Kents but I am not too sure of his name (might have been Bill WALKER)and the two gentlemen in white were I understand the Agents from Kuching involved in the recruiting of Ibans. Other than that I have no ideas at all - the photographs were sent to me a couple of weeks after I had picked the platoon up and although I wrote to Col. Baird asking for names, details etc I never received any response unfortunately.
Any other questions you may have I will do my best to try to remember and give you an answer.
Regards,
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 23, 2009, 09:50:29 AM
Dear George,

Thanks. Your memory is crystal clear!

My suggestion to bring back the remains of the Trackers and Sarawak Rangers to Sarawak is now fully backed by the Sarawak State Government. I paid a call to the Deputy Chief Minister a week ago to brief him on what we have done and require. The State is picking up the case and will do what they have to do at the National level. You can read it in my blog: http://pgbwarrior.blogspot.com/

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 23, 2009, 10:27:27 AM
Hi again Rizal,
I have just read your latest blog update and am now printing it off to keep as my souvenier of events after my time with the Ibans.
I congratulate you on your progress to date and wish you every success in having got the backing of the Sarawak State Government to bring home the remains of those gallant Ibans who died in the conflict.
It is nice to see 'true democracy in fulfilling the wishes of the people' being carried out in this way.
I will continue with my searching for any other possible materials I may have that could be of interest to you.
Cheers for now,
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 23, 2009, 10:48:00 AM
Thanks George. I would appreciate it very much.

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 25, 2009, 10:53:06 AM
Hello again,
Still not found the Platoon sign but am continuing the hunt, meanwhile here is another passible photograph of the First Platoon with Cpl. Adrian at the left of the centre rank on the rehearsals for the Passing Out Parade at Port Dickson.
I am still having problems handling photographs but at least you have copies of some of the earliest ones of the Sarawak Rangers now.
Take care,
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 25, 2009, 11:30:09 AM
Dear George,

Thanks again for the precious photograph. Do you have close ups of the Rangers' cap badge?


Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 25, 2009, 11:40:55 AM
Selemat Datai Rizal,
Unfortunately no - I will try to see if I can extract a beret and badge from one of the photographs and, if successful, will put it on here for you. As I said in one of my earlier messages, someone helped themselves to my beret and badge when I came home for my father's death, plus all of my personal gear including many local items that I had purchased to take home eventually. No one knew anything of course. However, that is all water under the bridge.
Surely someone out there must have an original somewhere. Mind you I seem to remember some years back that I wrote to a Militaria Dealer's address in Kuala Lumpour requesting one and never heard another thing from them. They must have been manufactured locally down in Malacca , maybe KL HQ might have some information on that score.
Take care,
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 25, 2009, 11:59:49 AM
Dear George,

Terima kasih Apai Tuai George (literally meaning "old (tuai) father (apai) George" but the Ibans used it to address their elders with respect).
Just like the Indonesians who address their leaders/elders as "Bapak /father". Even their President is Bapak.

I'll enquire around when I go down to Kuala Lumpur next which is 4 hours drive from my home in Taiping, Perak.

God bless.

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 25, 2009, 12:05:04 PM
By the way George, is that the Malacca Straits in the background of the picture? Wasn't that the Segenting Camp?

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 25, 2009, 02:11:00 PM
Hi again Rizal,
Yes indeed, I was trying to remember the name of the camp and for the life of me couldn't but that is definitely the Malacca Straits in the background, a wonderful beach, the biggest danger being the coconuts in season when 'battle-bowlers 'had to be worn to avoid split skulls.
Many thanks for the greetings, must try to remember that for the future.
No doubt I will take some ribbing when the others have read this, however, such is the prerogative of age.
I spent some time at the BMH Taiping whilst doing my promotion examinations (1st Class Cert.) c. 1951 and in the late afternoon we used to drive out to the 'Blue-Hole' I believe it was called, a swimming pool created by damming up one of the mountain streams, following which a nice meal with a few beers in one of the restaurants nearby, Happy days indeed despite the circumstances.
By the way I think we have six of our boys buried in the Taiping Cemetery from 19th June 1952 -
Pte. J. GRADY. ; Pte. W. BAILLIE.; Pte. T. ARRANDS.; Pte. M. HARRISON.; Pte R. SMITH. & Pte T. TRAYNOR.  Should you get the time and opportunity I would appreciate the chance of photographs of their graves for this site please.

George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 25, 2009, 02:52:26 PM
That pool still exist. It is called Burmese Pool. I used to go there once a while with my family. It is a popular spot during  weekends. There are also 4 Rangers buried in the same Kamunting Christian Cemetry. Yes, I definitely will go and take some photographs when I return from Kuching, Sarawak on the 1st week of August.

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 25, 2009, 07:39:43 PM
Dear Rizal,
Terima kasih adda banyak banyak for the proposed grave photographs. I have already sent you three more by PM and will now attempt to get one of them at least onto this site for all to see what the badge really looked like.
Fingers crossed yet again.
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 25, 2009, 08:59:15 PM
Dear George,

It looks very similar to the present cap badge worn by the present Royal Malaysian Rangers - Malayan kriss and Iban parang Ilang (sword) crossed and with a three-coloured backing. Thanks George.

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 26, 2009, 11:35:12 AM
Morning Rizal,
Glad to hear that there has been little if any change in the design of the Badge, my apologies for saying crossed kriss' instead of Kriss and Parang Ilang.
Before I forget, the PM I sent to you has come back to me this morning 'Undeliverable' - I had just sent it to the email address in your profile for this site.
Will continue my searching for items that may be of interest to you.
Take care,
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: Robert Bonner on July 26, 2009, 12:13:37 PM
Dear Rizal,
I'm having difficulty in getting a good reproduction from a photo of two of the Ibans who served with D Company at Terap in 1952. But in the meantime their names, to the best of my knowledge, were Rejap anak Bagi and Sakarok Rantau Panjai.
Best wishes.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 31, 2009, 10:17:18 AM
Selemat Datai Rizal,
I trust that you will have a safe and successful journey to Kuching in the next day or so and look forward to hearing from you on your return home. As yet I have had no success whatsoever in my search for the old original sign off my office door, it has got to be in the house somewhere.
Take care,
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on August 02, 2009, 11:59:46 AM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

I came back from Kuching on night 30/31 July and had to rush to Kuala Lumpur to attend a function officiated by our Prime Minister in honouring all the bravery award recipients (those still alive), including those awarded by Britain during the First Emergency 1948 - 1960.

The monthly allowance of our equivalent of a VC, Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa (SP) was increased from RM400 to RM2000.00 /about 340 pounds, our Panglima Gagah Berani, equivalent of the MC was increased from RM300 to RM1500.
Likewise recipients of the MC and MM were also given the monthly allowance. You can read it from my blog http://pgbwarrior.blogspot.com/

The only GC receipient of the Malayan Emergency, Tracker Awang anak Rawing is still alive and he received RM2000 monthly allowance beside the one he still receive from Britain. Tracker Menggong anak Panggit who was awarded a George Medal, however, had passed on a few years back.

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on August 03, 2009, 09:49:30 AM
Selemat Datai Rizal,
Congratulations on your increase in RM!! I read your blog and was impressed as always by the photographs included therein, what a chase around you must have had.
I was very busy in the garden yesterday preparing and making a new 'raised bed' for growing some vegetables this coming winter and next year and also clearing an area for a greenhouse we will be erecting in the near future so the old back is groaning and aching  somewhat this morning but will soon wear off when I start working again. More heavy rains are being forecast for the next few days so I must get the job finished or at least almost finished today so that I don't make too much mud in that spot which would bake hard in the next lot of sunshine - that is assuming we are going to get some.
Will email you again later today, meanwhile take care,
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on August 04, 2009, 07:57:21 AM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

Gardening? I like gardening too. Just love to see what I plant, grow beautifully. Somehow, I have problem with the soil in my backyard. It is not fertile enough and my plants don't seem to grow well, despite using organic fertilizers and mixing it with soil I bought from the nurseries here.

I plant assorted plants - mostly edible fruits and vegetables.

Any tips?

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on August 04, 2009, 06:41:13 PM
Dear Apai Rizal,
If I remember rightly Taiping had a reputation similar to that of Manchester in the north where I was born and grew up in that it rained quite a lot and that is most likely the cause of your soil problem, any nutrients in it are being washed out (leached) so it would seem that what you would need would be large quantities of good manure, preferably from a stable to build up the organic content and thus hopefully overcome the problem.
I often think back and remember the usual edible plants being grown in a relatively small area of practically every garden it seemed to me and at meal times fresh herbs etc were being gathered to use in the evening meals to produce all those wonderful flavours, now my mouth is watering at the mere thought of it. I saw a programme on the TV the other evening with Rick Stein on his travels around Thailand and Malaysia and my mouth watered at his every step. Hey ho.
Still no trace of that door sign I had, we have one last area to search, under the eaves where we store quite a lot of items that are no longer in use but we just cannot bear to throw them away.
Real hoarders. Not a lot of news from here currently, very dull and overcast with the chance of some rain, hopefully tomorrow after I have had my haircut I shall be back at work in the gardeb again finishing of where I started yesterday, Take care.

Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: saumua on August 13, 2009, 11:18:02 AM
Final attempt to post this photograph of Cpl. Adrian, he is seated extreme right hand side of the front row and in case you don't recognise me I am sat second from the left front row, the Manchester Regiment Officer was 2/Lt. Schwarz, the Bn I.O. at that time.
George.

I have this photo in my collection with all the names. Do you have the naming too or do you want me to post it?

Shaun
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on August 13, 2009, 01:01:55 PM
Dear Shaun,

Appreciate if you could name all the personnels in the photographs (for both the 1st and the 2nd platoons of the Sarawak Rangers)

Thank you.


Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: saumua on August 13, 2009, 01:14:24 PM
I have emailed you........

Dear Shaun,

Appreciate if you could name all the personnels in the photographs (for both the 1st and the 2nd platoons of the Sarawak Rangers)

Thank you.


Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on August 13, 2009, 05:31:22 PM
Good evening Shaun and Rizal,

This is indeed a 'turnup for the books' - I too would like the names of both platoons for my own copies.
Where might I ask you did you get hold of your copies? I have vague recollections of making a couple of copies for a former colleague of mine in Ashton-under-Lyne to hang on the wall in the pub for which he was 'mine host' at that time.
You have most certainly aroused my curiosity.
Trusting that you will hopefully oblige,
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on August 14, 2009, 02:30:17 PM
General information to all,
Have received PM with the relevant details from Shaunamua and imagine that Rizal will be very pleased with all this additional information for his history of the development of the Sarawak Rangers and wish to express my thanks publicly to Shaun for these details.
Looking forward, hopefully, to many more similar surprises still to come.
Still haven't found my door sign and am beginning to wonder just where it has disappeared to. Have not given up on it completely as yet.
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: themonsstar on August 14, 2009, 10:57:21 PM
Hi George

I've only been out 3 years, but ask me if I can find anything. My son Jacob (9years) must think hes Rambow ::)


Cheers Roy
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on August 15, 2009, 09:08:29 AM
Morning Roy,
Ok then I will ask - Where did I put it ??
 :P
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on August 18, 2009, 10:35:07 AM
Selemat Datai Rizal,
I was beginning to wonder if this site had reached the end of its days, however I have just read your 'blog- update  and have noted with delight the new information you have added including some of the photographs I have sent to you, many thanks for that. Just one point my surname is not 'Theshed' but SWETMAN.
I have also noted the new photographs, all in all a very interesting blog-site and one that I will watch avidly in the future.
As you may have noted I am no further advanced in my search for that elusive 'Iban Tuffs' door sign and am beginning to wonder if I have accidentally/inadvertently thrown it out when unpacking since coming down here. A great shame if I have because with it is also my old 'B' Company flag that we flew at Kroh, Berlin, Minden and Brentwood  - how many of those old company flags are still in existence I wonder?
I must admit to some disappointment at the lack of messages relating/referring to the Iban Trackers from other former members of the regiment, many of whom are still alive and kicking, however, so be it.
Take care and keep in touch,

Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on August 22, 2009, 01:28:34 PM
A vey fine morning indeed to you Rizal,
We have found the elusive door sign, it has turned up in a box of books we had forgotten about completely which were hiding in the back of the garage, may have to do some juggling to get it onto this site as my son Sean scanned it but it seems somewhat larger than the allowed kbs so will have a word with my prime helper in that score rafboy otherwise known as Cliff.
Watch this space.
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rafboy on August 22, 2009, 08:50:20 PM
Sorry it has taken a while to get this posted for George, I have been out enjoying summer whilst it is here.
Cliff
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on August 23, 2009, 11:09:52 AM
Morning again Cliff,
Many thanks, as I said previously no problems - it was missing for eighteen months so a few more days was neither here nor there.
Now then Rizal, you have a photograph of  the very special door sign created for me and the Platoon  by the late Ted Widdowson, former FEPOW, and Pioneer Platoon Sgt 1st Bn The Manchester Regiment which I found screwed to the door of the Platoon Office at Tapah on our return from one of our ops. The Ibans loved it and spent many hours of an evening in copying it, I cannot say I ever saw it being tattooed on anyone but I did see a couple of parang heads on which it had been carved, they would indeed be a treasure to find.
Regards,
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: saumua on October 02, 2009, 10:37:16 AM
Dear Rizal,
Terima kasih adda banyak banyak for the proposed grave photographs. I have already sent you three more by PM and will now attempt to get one of them at least onto this site for all to see what the badge really looked like.
Fingers crossed yet again.
George.

Here is the cap badge.

Shaun
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on October 03, 2009, 06:01:28 PM
Hi again Shaun,
You had sent this to me previously along with quite a few other photographs for which I am very grateful. I have a feeling that this thread is just about dead, I have not heard or seen anything from Rizal since the second week in August, I hope he is ok and that nothing has happened to him. He is supposed to be coming to London this month to carry out some more research at the MoD and I had intended to make the effort to try to arrange with him for a meet somewhere in London and give him the 'infamous Door Sign - Iban Tuffs' to take back to Sarawak to put in the Rangers display that he is building up, however.
 Very few of the Manchester Regiment Malayan Veterans have bothered to come onto the site, those that have have disappeared quite quickly again (perhaps the fact that one of those 'notorious senior NCO's of those earlier days is answering their queries has frightened them off (:-))) )-OK the chances are they do not know about it. Most of the regulars that I knew in the Bn at that time have long gone, those that are still around just do not seem interested, Be that as it may.
Take care and regards to downunder.
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on November 08, 2009, 09:51:49 AM
I regret to advise that despite my efforts to contact Rizal I have so far been unable to get any response; having checked his PGB blog I also note that not a thing has been done to it since 16th August 2009, not even the corrections which I pointed out to him required alteration, so I am coming to the conclusion that something drastic has possibly happened to him.
Should anyone have any contact at all I would appreciate their further advice.
Meanwhile life must go on - let us see if we can liven up this section once again - Are there any of B or C companies other than Bob Hinsley and Ron Boardman still alive and kicking?? ::)
What has happened to all of those who began to show interest but then drifted away into potential oblivion? No names no Pack Drill  ;D
Satu lagi empat jalan !!! ;D
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: saumua on November 08, 2009, 10:52:33 AM
Hope Rizal is OK. I assume you have his gmail address?
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: saumua on November 08, 2009, 11:59:09 AM
I just got an email reply from him he is AOK.  ;D
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on November 08, 2009, 12:29:51 PM
Hi All,

My apology for the disappearing act. I am feeling rather down at the moment as my project to bring back the remains of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers to Kuching seem to have stalled.

I have formed the necessary machinery in Sarawak to handle all necessary responsibilities. We have appointed Sarawak's Chief Minister as the Patron and the Deputy Chief Minister as our Advisor. Everything was actually going according to plan - until the appointment of the two gentlemen above. Now I find I cannot move without the agreement of the two personalities. But they were the ones who had been giving me the full backing.

I have been trying to get them to write an all-important letter to the Federal Government - telling them of its intention to bring back the remains. Upon receiving this letter, the Federal Government will then form a body to handle it at the Federal level. I have not got this link yet.

On top of this, I have decided to put on hold my research trip to London - until the Influenza A (H1N1) pandemic is under control.


Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on November 08, 2009, 12:58:13 PM
Dear George,

Remember you sent me this picture to point out the cap badge the Experimental Sarawak Rangers platoons were wearing?

(http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/7585/trackerff1386unauaksaoh.jpg)

This Tracker's name is FF1386 Unau anak Saoh. His son who works in Johor Baru contacted me. He told me that his father is now staying with him. He joined the Sarawak Rangers in 1952 and was attached to 1st Bn The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). I have pieced together his stories which I hope to post in my blog later.

(http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/2265/unauaksaohnow.jpg)

This is the latest picture of Tracker Unau anak Saoh.


Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on November 08, 2009, 02:20:53 PM
Rizal,
Wonderful to hear from you again and to know that Unau ak is still alive and well. It would seem that I may have been trying to use an incorrect email address for you as the ones I sent came back with a message to say not being accepted.
Sorry to hear that your project has been stalled, once Committees are formed all plans seem to go to pot, best committee has and always will be is of one.
Look forward to hearing more from you and hope that all will be resolved and back on track once more.
Take care, regards,
Apai tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on November 22, 2009, 12:41:42 PM
Dear Apai George,

Tracker Unau anak Saoh (FF1386), through his son, has sent me pictures of badges of British Units. He joined the Iban Trackers in 1952 and was attached to 1st Bn The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).

This was Tracker Unau anak Saoh in his uniforms.

(http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/6615/unau1.jpg)

Unau with his collection of badges.

(http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/686/unau2.jpg)

Could you please identify these units?

(http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/97/badge1w.jpg)

(http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/7069/badge2u.jpg)

(http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/9843/badge3w.jpg)

(http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/5183/badge4d.jpg)

(http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/2987/badge5.jpg)

(http://img694.imageshack.us/img694/4158/badge6.jpg)

(http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/2655/badge7.jpg)

(http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/2198/badge8.jpg)

(http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/8126/badge9q.jpg)

(http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/7727/badge10.jpg)

Thanks George.

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on November 22, 2009, 06:49:38 PM
Good evening once again Rizal,
By golly the years have treated Tracker Unau anak Saoh very well. Please convey my good wishes to him, now for the badges,
The first one below the one in which he is holding the board with them all displayed is -
1) The Cameronians, (The Scottish Rifles) ; 2/3) Not too sure but consider these could be the older type Royal Marines cap badge as worn by the old 40 & 42 Commando who used to be stationed up in Northern Perak ;4) The King's Own Scottish Borderers : 5) Royal Marine Button: 6) The Suffok Regiment 8) Not too sure will have to recheck on that one: 9) Royal Artillery collar dog, possibly Officer's type: & last but not least 10)  Royal Marines Brass shoulder title.
I will have to recheck on number 8 and get back to you tomorrow on that one.
Have been a bit off-colour this past few days, my old knee and leg problems have flared up and given me a rough couple of days, will be back tomorrow.
Take care.
Apai tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on November 22, 2009, 09:56:52 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

Sorry to hear about your ailment. Now that you mentioned pain, a friend gave me a tip on how to get rid of pain in the body. I'll look it up and will post it separately later.

Thanks for giving names to the badges. I'll inform Tracker Unau about it too.

Have I told you about the latest development on the plan to move the remains of the Trackers back home to Kuching? The Sarawak State government has allocated a 15.4 acres of land for the project. To me that is almost half the battle won.

Take care George.

Warmest regards.

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: sphinx on November 22, 2009, 10:32:42 PM
The badges that are shown are:-

Cameronians
Royal Marines 
KOSB
Gordon Highlanders
KOSB button
Suffolk
Royal Army Pay Corps
Royal Artillery Officers Service dress collar badge
Royal Marines shoulder titles
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on November 22, 2009, 10:42:26 PM
Thank you for the confirmation.

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on November 23, 2009, 10:32:12 AM
Morning all,
Thanks for the confirmation Sphinx, I just noticed that I had omitted the Gordon Highlanders and the crown on the RAPC threw me hence my reasons for rechecking. Must be getting old or something.
Regards.
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on November 29, 2009, 11:52:15 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

Ref: "Sorry to hear about your ailment. Now that you mentioned pain, a friend gave me a tip on how to get rid of pain in the body. I'll look it up and will post it separately later."

I refer to my earlier promise to send you a tip on how to reduce pain. As I have not tried it myself, it is better for me not to give you the concotion. Sorry George.

Apai Rizal
(Have I told you about the 15 acres of land given by the Sarawak Government for the Heroes Monument where the Trackers and Sarawak Rangers will be finally laid to rest on their homeland?)
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on November 30, 2009, 11:59:48 AM
Good morning Rizal,
Aches and pains currently minimal I am pleased to say, not to worry re the 'concoction' - the way the 'PC 'elf and Safety mob works here' chances are the ingredients would not be available here.
Yes you had advised me of the good news about the 15 acres  being set aside for the Memorial site, we have a similar site for the names only of those who have died since WWII set up at Alrewas near Lichfield, Staffordshire.
Did you ever manage to get down to Kamunting Cemetery for the photographs of those lads of our killed 1951, I think with all of the other problems you have had on your mind of late that it has probably slipped your memory. They would be greatly appreciated on this site I am sure.
Had one of our former young NS officers on the telephone to me last night from up in the Orkneys and we had a good natter about old times and old friends, a very pleasant half hour or so.
Weather here is horrible at present, getting colder and chances are that the flooded areas up north will now have additional problems with ice and snow, the last items of course are the least of your worries in Taiping. ;D However, take care, and keep in touch.
Regards,
Apai tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on November 30, 2009, 12:47:44 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

No, I haven't forgotten your request. I have been running around all over the country, trying to establish my little business. Do you happen to have the details of the graves - the plot/row etc of each and everyone of them? It will be easier to make the search if you have the records. If not, don't worry, I'll find them anyway.

Take care.

Warmest regards.


Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on November 30, 2009, 06:20:29 PM
My sincerest apologies Rizal,
I ought to have known better, however unfortunately I do not have the details of plot or row only their names
J. O'GRADY - K.I.A.9th June 1951.
WM. BAILLIE : T. ARRANDS : M. HARRISON : R. SMITH : T. TRAYNER - All K.I.A.  19th June 1951.

Take care,
Apai tuai George

PS Definitely not one of my better days it seems , even got the date wrong.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on December 03, 2009, 09:26:32 AM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

I went down to the Cemetery this morning. The Cemetery is situated along the Taiping - Kamunting road - just about a kilometre from the centre of Taiping town.

It is sandwiched between a residential/business lot and a BHP petrol station. It is no longer in use.

There are a number of Commonwealth Forces KIAs buried there. When I came in, I met two Indian men (father and son) who were apparently looking after the place. They seemed to know the locations of each and every headstones there. When I inquired about the six Manchesters, they brought me to the locations without hesitation. I took down their mobile phone number: 6012 5098466 (Arumugam).


(http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/386/manchestersgraves1.jpg)
                                   Entrance to the Cemetery


(http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/1749/manchestersgraves4.jpg)
                                J. Grady, T. Arands and T. Traynor

(http://img709.imageshack.us/img709/1187/manchestersgraves5.jpg)
                                                    J. Grady

(http://img704.imageshack.us/img704/2622/manchestersgraves6.jpg)
                                                   T. Arands

(http://img709.imageshack.us/img709/4461/manchestersgraves8.jpg)
                                 R H Smith, W M Baillie and M Harrison

(http://img709.imageshack.us/img709/3540/manchestersgraves9.jpg)
                                                    R H Smith

(http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/3223/manchestersgraves10.jpg)
                                                   W M Baillie

(http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/8557/manchestersgraves11.jpg)
                                                   M Harrison

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on December 03, 2009, 09:37:58 AM
Dear George,

I'm attaching the photograph that didn't come out in the earlier posting.

(http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/9196/manchestersgraves7.jpg)
                                         T. Traynor


Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on December 03, 2009, 10:13:42 AM
My most heartfelt gratitude to you Rizal for those photographs, three of those were close friends of mine and it is the first time I have actually seen their graves, Thank you very much indeed.
I will leave it to the experts to include them on the main War Grave site but would like them to remain on this site also so that newcomers can see them and remember them.
Adda banyak banyak Terimah Kaseh.
Apai tuai George,
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on December 03, 2009, 10:18:23 AM
Dear George,

You are most welcomed. Is it 02.30 am at your place there now? Notice the time in your posting.

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on December 03, 2009, 10:42:45 AM
No Rizal,
The time here at this moment is 1037, the timings for the letters on this site are somewhat different by about seven  or eight hours, something to do with the setup I understand.
Thank you once again,
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on December 05, 2009, 02:38:04 PM
Mysterious Rangers Grave in Taiping

According to the record, there are only four Sarawak Rangers buried in Taiping Christian Cemetery. When I visited the graves on 3 December 2009, I saw a fifth headstone with the inscriptions (some words are missing):

".............Malaysian Rangers died on 16 Jul 1958
11 months 10 days
Rh Gawang, Sg Pakan, Julau, Kanowit."

Firstly, the Malaysian Rangers did not exist before 16 September 1963, the day Malaysia was formed.

This headstone is not the usual standard granite with the Sarawak Rangers badge inscribed on it. Even the words are roughly written.

As the age of the deceased was 11 months and 10 days, could it be the child of one of the Sarawak Rangers? Following this, there are a lot of questions in my mind. Were Sarawak Rangers allowed to bring their wives/family along with them to Malaya? Were they given proper housing? Where were they based at that time? Were there any of them in Taiping, Perak?

As of now, we do not know. There are very little documented records kept by the Malaysian Army. Most, if not all are kept by the British Army/Administration in various archives in London.

Can anyone help unravel this mystery?




 The four Sarawak Rangers grave with a fifth mysterious one

(http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/4965/sarawakrangersgravestai.jpg)

 The mysterious "Malaysian Rangers" grave.

(http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/4965/sarawakrangersgravestai.jpg)

  One of the Sarawak Rangers grave.





Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on December 05, 2009, 05:53:46 PM
Good evening Rizal,
There were definitely no wives or families with any of the Sarawak Rangers who came to the 1st Bn. The Manchester Regiment in 1953 and I do not recall seeing any at Seginting Camp either.
It could well have been the child of one of the early Sarawak Rangers having a local affair with one of the local lassies because they were allowed to take local leave whilst in Malaya towards the end of 1953 if I remember rightly, but why state ....Malaysian Rangers? - as you say they did not exist back in 1958. Whether or not these records would have been held by the War Department is a mute point, more than likely only the Unit to which they were attached would have had such records in my humble opinion.
It is definitely a mystery - could either of the two Indian persons who have such knowledge of the military graves be able to help you in this instance? might be worth a try along those lines, perhaps there may be documentation associated with the Cemetery records, after all it is highly unlikely that they would  allow unknown or nameless burials to be made without some form of medical certification/death certificate.
Who was responsible for paying the Rangers? maybe there is some record hiding around which refers to a financial arrangement/allotment being made by the Ranger concerned , then again he might have just sent her monies on a weekly/monthly basis through the post or gave it to her direct. It is definitely a guessing game here.
Sorry I cannot be of greater assistance - you have aroused my curiosity that is for sure.
Regards. Apai tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on December 06, 2009, 01:52:39 AM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

Thanks for trying to help. I'll try these avenues:

1.   The Church which administer the Cemetery / the Caretakers.
2.   Trace the soldier back to his long house in Julau, Kanowit, Sarawak.

Warmest regards.

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on December 20, 2009, 03:01:14 PM
May I take this opportunity to wish all Manchesters a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
May you all be blessed with good health and prosperity.

(http://www.picspik.com" target="_blank"><img src)


Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on December 20, 2009, 04:51:02 PM
Apai Rizal,
 Adda banyak banyak terimah kaseh for those good wishes, and may you also be blessed with long life, good health and prosperity.
As you may have read or maybe reading we over here are in the throes of a very cold spell of weather, you stay where you are until it has cleared away, we had some three inches or so of snow the other day but it has all cleared away down here after the heavy rains of last night but some areas of the country are in absolute chaos, as is usual following this type of weather - we never had such transport problems with the old steam engines - however they are now few and far between, relics of the past, like some of us.
Warmest regards to you and yours,
Take care,
Apai tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on February 15, 2010, 01:37:52 AM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

It is rather quiet on my home front here. I am still battling for my cause to bring the remains of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers home to Kuching, Sarawak. (from Malaya). I am waiting for the Federal Government to commit themselves to the cause before I could go all out to launch my fund raising campaign.

How is the bad weather now there? No damage incurred on your properties?

Warmest regards.


Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on February 15, 2010, 10:23:38 AM
Selemat Datai Rizal,
First of all may I ,on behalf of the Manchester Regiment Forum, offer you our most sincere congratulations on the State Award of the Pegawi Bintang Kenyalang (P.B.K.)  you were invested with by the Chief Minister for Sarawak a couple of weeks ago. It is a most interesting and notable award as I have observed from your blog 'PGB Warrior', and highly deserved for your work especially that of the 'Heroes Memorial for the Sarawak Rangers and Iban Trackers' that you are getting established in Sarawak, may you receive many more such honours.
I noted also this morning with some amusement your message in the 'Newbie' section re the 'Crawler' - obviously your name has not be recognised - you are far from being a 'newbie'!!!.
I am also thanking you here for your PM re the 'Door Sign' and look forward to the day when I can hand it over to you for installation in it's final and permanent resting place. You will also be getting a PM from me later today re your other comments.
Take care,
Warmest regards,
Apai tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on February 15, 2010, 03:59:57 PM
Dear George,

I would like to thank you and the The Manchester Forum for congratulating me for being awarded the PBK by the State of Sarawak. It is more meaningful when you are fast disappearing into the background.

Warmest regards.

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on February 17, 2010, 11:18:33 AM
Hi Robert,

I was going through the earlier postings when I came across this bit from Robert Bonner's posting:

"Corporal Adrian will not be on the  armed forces memorial as he was not a British soldier.  He was, to the best of my knowledge  Malayan, ex Malay Regiment and served with the platoon of Sarawak Rangers attached to the Manchesters."

Cpl Adrian anak (son of) Tandang was an Iban from Sarawak. He was from the Sarawak Rangers.


Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: Robert Bonner on February 17, 2010, 05:04:02 PM
Rizal.

Many thanks for that information which puts the record straight.  Corporal Adrian was certainly well liked and respected by those he served with in the Manchesters.
His name is included in the plaque in our museum which names the casualties from Malaya and will be included in a new plaque which is to be erected in the Regimental Chapel in Manchester Cathedral.

Best wishes.

Robert
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on February 23, 2010, 02:20:46 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

After months of waiting, I finally heard the good news today that my project to bring back the remains of all the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers killed and buried in Malaya (to Sarawak) has recieved the full support of our Prime Minister himself. He made the announcement during one of his visits to the Iban long houses in Sarawak today. So, your door sign will find its home in the Heroes Memorial, the final resting place for these brave men. If it is not too much, I would appreciate it if you could give a short write up on its history.

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on February 23, 2010, 02:35:04 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

I have authored a book entitled "MY ADVENTURE". Would you be interested to have one? Please give me your postal address.

Warmest regards.


Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on February 23, 2010, 05:51:07 PM
Good evening Apai Rizal,
That is indeed excellent news re the Sarawak Prime Minister's announcement, congratulations on your total success.
I shall began to think out a suitable historical resume for you in respect of the Door Sign.
I also take great pleasure in accepting your offer of a copy of your book " My Adventure"  with my warmest gratitude and  I shall send you a PM immediately after this email with my postal address. It is rather strange because I was also thinking the other day of asking for your home address in order that I could post the sign to you - what do you think of that idea?
Sincerest and warmest regards,
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on February 23, 2010, 09:28:34 PM
Dear George,

Thanks. I'll send you my postal address through the PM.


Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on March 02, 2010, 01:17:25 PM
I have just received an e-mail from Rizalbob advising that his project to bring home the remains of former Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers killed in Malaya during the Emergency has received the full support of the Prime Minister and he (Rizal) was briefing the current Chairman of the Malaysian Rangers Corps this afternoon, so things are moving slightly faster now.
The Rangers Door Sign will be on it's way to him by Friday of this week.
Great news all round.
Cheers. George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on March 02, 2010, 02:03:14 PM
Dear George,

Thanks for posting that great news in this forum. I'll keep everybody informed as to the progress of this project. I think good news of this nature should be shared - especially when it involved a common past.

Warmest regards


Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on March 11, 2010, 11:36:59 AM
Dear George,

Your parcel and its contents, the Door Sign and the two pages of write up have reach me this afternoon in good condition.
Thank you very much for that priceless piece of history.

It is amazing that the door sign has survived 57 years. The paint is still very bright. My first thought is to encase it in glass. On second thought, shall I hand it over to our Sarawak State Meseum in Kuching? They can enhance, do recovery works and keep it in a safe place until the the Heroes Memorial is ready.

Your write up is very interesting and definitely help clear the air as to its beginning.

Some questions on the door sign, George:

1.   What bird specis is that?
2.   What flag is that?
3.   Why is the flag in the bird's beak?
4.   What is "Iban Tuffs"?

Sorry, I want to make sure I can answer querries about them when people ask me later.

Best Regards

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on March 11, 2010, 12:22:20 PM
Dear Apai Rizal,

I am very pleased to know that the sign and its history have arrived safely with you, I must admit to having been on ' tenterhooks' for the past few days since I posted the parcel to you - the first time it has left my possession since May 1954.
Now then to answer your questions as best I can - from memory - when I asked Ted Widdowson about the makeup of the design he told me that he considered it as follows " A mythical representation of the Phoenix which, having risen from the ashes had reminded him of the Sarawak Rangers also having been reborn; he did not know what flag represented Sarawak so had used 'Poetic Licence' by using a representation of our 'Red Ensign (THE flAG of the British Merchant Navy) and showed the 'Reborn Rangers' helping us to carry and fight for the the flag whereever it was necessary. As for 'Iban Tuffs' this has a twofold meaning - firstly -Ted came from Norfolk and there was a village somewhere near him by the name of Topt (locally pronounced as TUFFS) which he explained is an Old Anglo-Saxon name for 'The People who lived in the trees or forest' which he considered apt for the Ibans, - secondly it was a complimentary name that showed their fighting abilities lauded on them by the british soldiers.
So there you now have your explanations ready to answer those who ask for them,
Warmest regards,
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: harribobs on March 11, 2010, 12:27:00 PM
I have just received an e-mail from Rizalbob advising that his project to bring home the remains of former Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers killed in Malaya during the Emergency has received the full support of the Prime Minister and he (Rizal) was briefing the current Chairman of the Malaysian Rangers Corps this afternoon, so things are moving slightly faster now.
The Rangers Door Sign will be on it's way to him by Friday of this week.
Great news all round.
Cheers. George.

Excellent news!

chris
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on March 11, 2010, 03:16:58 PM
Dear George,

Thanks George. Everything is now as clear as daylight. I'll handover the door sign and the two pages of write up to the Director of The Sarawak Museum for safe keeping as well as doing any restoration jobs that need to be done on it. The Museum is, after all, a part of the Main Committee for the relocation of the burial sites / remains of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers. We have given it a name:  OPERATION NGERAPUH (an Iban word meaning to exhume and relocate remains of the dead).

Once the Heroes Memorial is ready, the Door Sign will be placed there permanently, together with the two pages of its history. I will add the explanations on the representations that you have just given me.

I am going to embark on the first job:  getting the written consent from all the NOKs of the deceased before the plan could be brought up to the Cabinet for a formal nod.

Warmest regards.

Apai Rizal  
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on March 11, 2010, 07:18:47 PM
Dear Apai Rizal,
It has been my privilege to have been able to assist you in this small way with what to me has been a souveneir of my past association with the Rangers but to you is 'that priceless piece of history'- maybe this has been the original supreme intention all along - for me to hold on to that Door Sign until such time that you turned up looking for information.
I am currently thoroughly enjoying your book, strange again that two of the places you mentioned - Sungei Kuak near to Keroh and Bukit Besar, Kulim area - were also areas in which I had had contacts with the terrorists all those years earlier.
We also had an 'encounter' with the Sungei Perak - following information received that a group of CT's were camped adjacent to it - unfortunately the two semi-rigid craft with o/b motors we had been 'assured' would be available weren't when push came to shove ( does this sound familiar?) and we finished up attempting to do the job via boats which sounded similar to yours - leaking like sieves and totally unwieldly; the river was in flood spate, we embarked and pushed off, immediately we were caught up with the current and before the stern man had a chance the steering rudder oar sheered off and we broached throwing all six of us into the mainstream; the second (backup) boat attempted to rescue us but only succeeded in making matters far worse by running us down, however, we survived and lived to laugh about it later when the second boat crew turned up two days later having sailed right past the CT camp at a great rate of knots and finished up some ten miles or so down stream before getting ashore.
There was NO second attempt on this method of CT intercept ever tried again to the best of my knowledge with our unit.
Regards,
Apai Tuai George.

Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on March 11, 2010, 11:55:20 PM
Dear George,

Some of the names you mentioned in the two pages are familiar. Dublin Estate, for instance, was our operation area in the early 70s when I was a 2/Lt and had just joined 3rd Rangers. I remember we had befriended the Estate Manager and one Sunday he called us over to his big house on top of a hill (I find the Brits had a nack for hills to build their homes / mansions, based on my observations here in Malaysia). We had a sumptuous lunch of "tosay" and curry chicken. That was my first "tosay" and it was "finger-licking" good.

Thank you George, you certainly have been a great help in piecing together that early part of Reformed Sarawak Rangers history that had been unknown to us, particularly Malaysians. Would you be interested to witness the opening ceremony of this Heroes Memorial later? (Thinking aloud) It would be an honour to have you here for the occasion.

Warmest regards

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on March 12, 2010, 09:46:22 AM
Dear Apai Rizal'
Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to be able to witness the opening ceremony of the Heroes Memorial but regretably I have no choice but to decline your most generous thoughts on this matter on the grounds of my age and health. Following my massive heart failure back in February 2004 when my family were advised to prepare for the worst as I had possibly less than 30 minutes to live my subconscious mind must have kicked in and said 'No way !!' - I have fought back to reasonable health but am registered disabled and require a twenty four hour carer,  my dear wife bless her is largely responsible for my still being here; also I am not allowed to fly any more as a result of my condition so my journey to Malaysia is totally out of the question.
I hope to be still around when the Memorial does open and will be with you 'In Spirit if not in the flesh', I also hope that we will continue to maintain contact, I have enjoyed my little exchanges with you and I think the Forum has been expanded because of those exchanges.
Take care old friend, warmest regards to all concerned with the project,
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on March 12, 2010, 10:14:08 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

I'm so sorry to hear what had happened to you. I sincerely hope you are all right now. Take a lot of water that has a high content of alkali as it has a therapeutic quality and has the capacity to generate new cells. It is doing wonders here in Malaysia.

Yes, we are living in a "bonus time" and has to be extra careful in taking care of our health. I often forget that. I always thought I'm a forty year man instead of 62.

I'm sad you wouldn't be able to come. Perhaps you could recommend a replacement? If my effort for a fund-raising campaign materialise, we could sponsor the fares and accomodation.

Take care George.


Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on March 13, 2010, 10:26:02 AM
Dear Apai Rizal,
I had precisely the same problem - always thinking in terms of still being a 'young man' - ultimately the time arrives as it has when being some 27 years older than the door sign you have to sit back and admit it.
Following on from your offer to recommend  a replacement we have had a family discussion  as to who would be the most suitable person and have arrived at the most obvious fact  of my son Sean and his dear wife Laura being my representatives, insofar as expenses being concerned we would accept responsibility for one of them - how does that appeal to you? Is this acceptable to you?
I sincerely hope so,
Awaiting your further advice,
Take care,
Apai Tuai George.

PS.My apologies to each and every one else who was shouting"Pick Me, Pick Me!!!"
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on March 13, 2010, 11:18:41 AM
Dear George,

I'm ok with your decision. Let's keep our fingers crossed that my fund-raising campaign will be a success. My next thought on this aspect is that I may be asked to look for other candidates from other Regiments that the Trackers and Sarawak Rangers had been attached to during the 1948 - 1960 Malayan Emergency. I have a total of 42 Units in all. If there is a need to invite all, I will leave the decision to Sarawak's Deputy Chief Minister who is our Advisor.

Take care George,

Warmest regards.

Apai Rizal.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on April 06, 2010, 11:06:19 PM
Dear George,

UPDATES ON OPS NGERAPUH

Just to update you on Operation Ngerapuh (relocation of remains of Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers back to Sarawak). We had 2 committee meetings so far. The first one was held in Kuching, the capital city of Sarawak. The latest one was held on 24 March 2010 in Kuala Lumpur where various arms of the Army, Police, Customs, Health Ministry and KL City Hall were given responsibilities.

The sad news is, however, a new piece of land will be given to replace the one that was given earlier. Don't know yet where this piece of land will be.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on April 08, 2010, 01:38:08 PM
Good afternoon/evening Rizal,
Firstly my apologies for delay in responding, my arthritis has been playing up this last couple of weeks due possibly to the fact revealed in my latest blood tests that my Thyroid Replacement medication has been insufficient so the GP has increased it by 50%. I am due to see him tomorrow and have further blood tests in about six weeks time to see what the 'then' situation will be, at least I am able to walk around at the moment which was impossible a couple of weeks back.
I have been keeping an eye on 'Op Ngerapuh' via your PGB Warrior link, and noted that the original site was 'Prime Property' so wondered how long it would be before economics stepped in and took over; let us hope that now the Committee work has been extended to cover the various other arms involved it goes ahead fairly smoothly without too many more changes of plan.
Take care old friend,
George (feeling very much Apai Tuai currently!!)
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on April 08, 2010, 02:07:44 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

Sorry to hear that your arthritis is troubling you. My right ankle is also giving me a little trouble once in a while. I have to lay off all sea food like prawns, cuttle fish etc. as they will worsen my ankle. I heard plenty of garlic will help. I have never tried it anyway.

Yes, I think I'm losing the original 15.4 acres site. I heard the State is giving me a smaller plot somewhere. Do not know where yet.

Cheers George. Hope your pain will go off soon.

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 15, 2010, 03:40:40 PM
Hi Guys,

Just to let you know that I'm still alive and kicking. It is just that I have less responsibility in Op Ngerapuh (the project to bring the remains of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers killed during the 1st Malayan Emergency and buried in various parts of Malaya, home to Sarawak). The Malaysian Army was given the responsibility to see the project through.

However, as the initiator of the project, I get invited to attend selected meetings.

I have lost the initial site for the memorial. A property developer has gobbled it up.

As the Sarawak State Election is drawing very close, I have no doubt they will give another piece of land soonest. I can see the state leaders are using this project to win the support of the Ibans.

Cheers.


Rizal Abdullah
Taiping, Malaysia
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: Robert Bonner on July 15, 2010, 05:36:28 PM
Dear Rizal.

As always, very good to hear from you. What a great pity that the original site you visualised has gone to the dreaded developers. It's a world wide problem I'm afraid.However let us hope that the Sarawak State leaders give this the priority it is due.

Tell your committee that you have the backing of the UK

Best wishes,

Robert   
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 15, 2010, 07:49:10 PM
Good evening Apai Rizal,
As you may recall I did warn you way back that once a 'Committee' had been appointed things would start to go wrong ;D - it was ever thus. However good to know that it is an item in the Election so things are looking good from that point of view. As Robert has said the valueable sites are being snapped up by developers everywhere.
Even in this neck of the woods, one of the houses up on 'Millionaires Row' has been on the market for some twelve months or more at just under a million £ ultimately with no takers, plenty of land, wonderful views across the Solent and Isle of Wight etc. The other day whilst driving back back from a visit to Buckley's Hard my daughter in law Laura pointed out the fact the some developers must have bought it and demolished it prior to building a block of apartments or similar. Since that time two other adjoining properties have gone on the market!! ::)
Hey ho.  However as Robert has also stated inform the Committee that you have the backing of not only the UK but especially one of the people involved in the rebirth of the Sarawak Rangers - yours truly!!
Take care, bye for now.
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 17, 2010, 03:18:03 AM
 Dear Apai Tuai George and Robert,

Thank you so very much for your support. It is heart-warming to know you have the support of friends as far away as the UK, especially when one of them was involved in the rebirth of the Sarawak Rangers.

Actually I have no worry now about the project as it has received the nation's highest attention. Our Prime Minister himself has given his support. It is a matter of when it could be completed. As I have pointed out, it is one of the issues that the ruling government has to expedite, bearing that an election is coming up. They do not want the Opposition to exploit this issue.

Personally I feel the loss of Sarawak Rangers, when it was disbanded on 16 September 1963 when Malaysia was formed, was a loss to Sarawak, in particular the Ibans. What the Ibans could do and capable of may be gone for good. There is no way we could form an all-Iban unit now. What a pity.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 17, 2010, 10:42:27 AM
Apai Rizal,
Would it not be possible to form a company within the Malay Rangers and name it Sarawak Ranger Company? It need not necessarily be formed completely of Ibans!! but it would retain the name for posterity.
Just a suggestion worthy I believe of being submitted to the Malaya Army Command for their consideration, just another 'iron in the fire' for the Election period.
Warmest regards and always in our thoughts,
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 18, 2010, 12:04:12 AM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

Thank you for the idea. Sounds great. I am for the idea. After reading about their history and accomplicements which went back as far as 1862, the least Sarawak could do is to keep its memories alive by forming an Iban Company within 1st Bn, The Malaysian Rangers. This way, maybe, the fear and concern of the political leaders on its adverse outcome could be pacified.

The main problem is how to inject this idea so that it is accepted by the country's top CEO? There is no other way. Sarawak must take the initiative and ask for it - all in the name of keeping the centuries of tradition of the Sarawak Rangers alive again even if it means only for ceremonial purposes.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 18, 2010, 10:03:16 AM
Morning again Apai Rizal,
How do this approach sound -To the CEO Sarawak - 'We are creating a Memorial here in Kuching to the Dead Ibans and Trackers who gave their lives in the past Emergency ; how about also creating at the same time a Living Memorial from here and now, one which which will be seen and be a constant reminder to  everyone, wherever they serve, by creating an Iban or Sarawak Company within the Renjer Malaysia'.
There is nothing  basically new in this idea, many British Army Regiments have companies named after former Battle or Historical Honours/connections bestowed  upon the original Regiments ; for example within the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment there is a company called 'Arnhem' company an honour won by the 1st Battalion The Border Regiment(one of the Lancashire & Cumberland Regiments that form the Regiment) back in 1944 - they also wear the shoulder Glider  patch to support that honour, again won at the same time.
Some emphasis could be given to drawing his attention to the fact that something along those lines could very well be a 'vote-puller' in the forthcoming elections !!! That type of information is always attractive to all politicians.!!
Fingers crossed apai Rizal, Warmest regards,
apai tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 18, 2010, 10:18:02 AM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

A great idea. Since I have started the ball rolling, I may as well push for the idea. No pain no gain.

Anymore similar examples in the British Army that I can quote in my letter to the CM of Sarawak?

Thanks again George.

Warmest regards.


Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 18, 2010, 11:46:25 AM
Apai Rizal,
One that I should have remembered immediately - No 2 Company of the 2nd Bn., The Grenadier Guards is today known as Nijmegen Company - again from the same action as The Border Regiment - Operation Market Garden ,  September 1944, for the part The Guards Armoured Brigade took (late as it was  ::)(ahem!!)) in relieving the 1st Airborne Division.

Surely what is good enough for Her Majesties Foot Guards and 'The Dukes' should be good enough for the Renjers Malasia  ;D
I have also asked the other mods on this forum for any other examples  that they may know of.

We're working on it,
Take care.
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 18, 2010, 02:01:40 PM
Morning Apai Rizal, I trust that you have slept well - here are a few more examples provided by Timberman & others of the Forum -

The Parachute Training Company trains individuals who want to be Para's. It is made up of 7 Platoons named as follows :-

Arnhem : Athens: Breville: Bruneval : Normandy: Oudna & Rhine - all significant battles of WWII that the Para's took part in.

The Infantry Training Battalion has one remaining company comprised of 4 Platoons named as follows :-

Ypres : Chindit : Barossa & Crimea. Three very significant WWI & before battle locations  plus another famous fighting unit of WWII in Burma.

These are the modern ones, many Infantry Regiments and some Corps named their sub-units after WWII battles such as Somme ; Mesine etc. so traditionally there is a very long history.

Let us hope it impresses the CM of Sarawak sufficiently to take the project on board.
Cheers for now,
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 19, 2010, 03:40:34 AM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

Thanks again. The British Army is very steep in traditions and very proud of it.

The Malaysian Army is very different. As we are governed by the political leaders we are at their mercy. Foremost in their mind is creating one Malaysia where all races must consider themselves as Malaysians first. Good and noble idea but as you can see it affects the Army as well. Sarawak and Sabah are independent within Malaysia but they are not allowed to have an Army of their own. Thus creating an all-Iban unit may be met with hostility, initially. But I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best.

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 19, 2010, 09:41:40 AM
Morning again Apai Rizal,
I can well understand your apprehension and if I may I would refer you back to one of my previous messages - No 142 of the 17th - in which I stated and I quote - ' It need not necessarily be formed completely of Ibans !! but it would retain the name for posterity.'
I am well aware of the political attitude in Malaysia 'where all races must consider themselves as Malaysians first.' and I admire the idea so I am not going to attempt to go against it but we are attempting here to retain an 'Historical connection' between the current Renjers Malaysia and the Regiment from which they were formed back in 1963 The Sarawak Rangers and this is the line that I suggest we should follow so that when we are all long gone those then serving in the Ranjers Malaysia will still be aware of their forebears ( Regimental ancestors).
You stated the fact that the British Army is built on tradition - I most definitely agree but it had to start somewhere along the line and this again is the sort of point that I would be inclined to make in any application, with emphasis possibly on the fact that this is the sort of 'bond' that will bind the races together that the politicians are aiming to achieve..
In a lighter note to quote an old English saying' There are more ways of choking a donkey than feeding it with strawberries' or better still ' If you cannot beat them then join them!!'

So we are still supporting and encouraging you to go for it.
Take care,
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on August 17, 2010, 12:18:49 AM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

A lot has happened in the last two months to Ops Ngerapuh now renamed Ops Mai Pulai, an Iban word meaning "Operation Bringing Home". I think this clearer and better understood.

Last month, the State of Sarawak has taken full control of the Operation by forming a State Committee to liase with the Federal Committee on all matters regard Ops Mai Pulai.

The plan is to bring the remains home to Kuching and rebury them in a cemetery adjacent to St Joseph's cemetery not far from the Sarawak Club, Sarawak Museum and the memorial / Cenotaph of World War II heroes. This Cenotaph will undergo renovation and expansion to cater for a bigger space for parades etc.

I am not involved in any way but I have told the committee to at least invite me for the official launching of the Memorial. I have also told them that representative/s of the Manchester Regiment be invited too, as some of the members of the Sarawak Rangers had fought alongside the Regiment. During the twelve years of fighting, Sarawak Rangers had been attached to 42 British Regiments.

The target date of this project is set for 31 August 2010. So, if this date is kept and the committee feels it appropriate to invite you, you may be in Kuching at the end of August 2010.

See my latest write-up in http://pgbwarrior.blogspot.com/
By the way George, ref. the 1st picture / pl, is that you seated second from the left?

Apai Tuai Rizal.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on August 17, 2010, 11:11:59 AM
Good morning/evening Apai Tuai Rizal,
Your latest email has caught me very much by surprise, I am hoping in actual fact that you have possibly made an error in quoting the date of my potentially being in Kuching at the end of August 2010 because firstly we will be away on holiday as from 28th August 2010 so will not be available to be in Kuching, secondly there is no way that we could have organised Travel documents, visas etc in such a short space of time. Sorry to be so blunt about that Rizal and I hope I am not offending you by having stated that.

In response to your query concerning the Platoon photograph taken at Seginting Camp, yes that is me seated second from the left front row in my younger and more sprightly days - all of 57 years ago. Where did all those years go to??

I haven't as yet has a chance to read your latest writeup on PGB but will do so later today, I was at the hospital yesterday for my pace-maker checkup which was passed as perfect, they are now trying to determine why after it has been inside me for 17+ years the battery appears to be in 100% condition - it does not appear to have dawned on them that it could be because I have not been using it a great deal which of course raises all sorts of other medical questions such as 'Did I actually need one originally?' Maybe - it just seemed to be a good idea at the time !!  ;D.
Otherwise, great to hear from you, take care and keep me posted on progress.
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on August 17, 2010, 12:05:37 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

Sorry to hear about your health but I pray that you'll be alright.

Personally, I feel the target date is too soon as preparatory works on the cemetry hasn't started yet. A team tasked to scan the presence of remains in the graves is now making the round all over the country where the graves of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers are located. There is yet exhumation works to be done - all in accordance to the traditional Iban rites.

I think it will take them another 2 months to complete the mission. I suppose Sarawak is seeing this project as important because of the coming State General Election. The ruling party wants to use this as a mean to win Iban supports.

Take care George.

Warmest regards.

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on August 18, 2010, 10:07:40 AM
Selamat Datai Apai Tuai Rizal,
Many thanks for your prayers re my health, I am fine really - good and bad days as all of us have at one time or another. 'The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.'

I agree with you whole heartedly, the whole operation is now 100% political and like all political targets is over-ambitious and highly unlkely to be attained; compromises have already taken place and there are likely to be others in the future. I would think that you are being very generous in your thinking in terms of two months before completion. I would be inclined to consider more likely between six to twelve months, however, this is not a political forum so we will leave it at that.

At least the basic principles behind your original idea will still be achieved but having said that it is sad that you are now completely outside the committee, let us hope that you get the recognition you richly deserve when Ops Mai Pulai reaches fruition.
Please keep in touch and take care, warmest regards.
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on August 18, 2010, 07:11:23 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

Another thing; regards the door sign you had posted to me. It is still under my care. I'm going to suggest to the State Committee, who had proposed to enlarge the memorial / world war 2 cenotaph adjacent to the Sarawak Rangers cemetery, to cater for a small display area where relevant photographs / documents, etc. could be displayed for public's viewing. I intend to hand over the door sign for display there, if not, I will hand it over to the Sarawak Museum. What do you think?

Warmest regards.


Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on August 19, 2010, 03:07:54 PM
Morning/evening Apai Rizal,
Strange, I was only thinking last night about the door sign and what might happen to it now. Your idea sounds as good as any that I can think of.
My main concern was that it be preserved for posterity as a reminder of those early days of the Rangers, I had considered leaving it to the Museum of the Manchesters in Ashton but that was before I made contact with your good self and the Rangers of today, then I realised that if I passed it over to you it would be going 'back home'!! which is the best place for it.
 I wouldn't mind betting that were the question 'What do you know about the Sarawak Rangers refered to in this sign?' be put to 99% of those who served with the Manchester Regiment the answer that you would get would be 'Haven't a clue'.
So if it cannot be displayed permanently near to the Sarawak Rangers Cemetery I would suggest it go into the Sarawak Museum along with other relevant documents re its origin and photographs of the original platoons so that future Ibans can see it as being an additional period  to their already long history.
I hope that is to your liking, take care, warmest regards,
Apai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on August 19, 2010, 05:13:26 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

That is exactly my thought. Priority one is for it to be displayed at a "mini museum / show room" near the cemetery where the Ibans will be finally laid to rest. Together with it I will have the relevant write-up that you had written and photographs of the 1st and the 2nd platoon of the Sarawak Rangers and any others that will be deemed suitable. Priority two will be the Sarawak Museum.

Warmest regards.


Apai Tuai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on August 26, 2010, 04:40:32 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

How can I get a copy of Robert Bonner's book "Jungle Bashers?"

Please advice.


Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: Wendi on August 26, 2010, 06:46:11 PM
Hi Rizal !

George has gone to Manchester on holiday so I don't know he can talk while he is away, but Robert is a member of our forum.

The book is available here http://www.tameside.gov.uk/webapps/shopping/moreinfo.php3?368

But perhaps postage to your part of the world is a problem.

I'm sure one of us can order it on your behalf and forward it to you? I'm sure many of us would be happy to do that if George is not available.  Perhaps Robert can make special arrangements, if not I'd be happy to oblige.

Kind regards
Wendi  :)
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on August 26, 2010, 10:50:14 PM
Dear Wendi,

Thank you for replying my email. I would like to know how much is the postage before I commit myself to buying one. Sometime postage is more than the price of the book.

Thanks again.


Rizal
Title: Re: Sarawak Rangers
Post by: rizalbob on December 21, 2010, 08:42:26 AM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

How are you getting on? Hope you are in the best of health.

George, I need your help to identify members of No. 1 platoon which was attached to the Manchester Regiment in 1953, also no. 2 platoon, if you can. I have been staring at the pictures of both 1st and 2nd platoons hoping the names would pop up!

The operation to move the remains of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers KIA between 1948 to 1960  back to Sarawak is still ongoing, though the completion date has been delayed.

(http://img46.imageshack.us/i/1952malaccasarawakrange.jpg/)

(sorry, unable to upload the pic of the 1st pl.)


Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on December 21, 2010, 11:06:50 AM
Good morning Apai Rizal,
They say that great minds think alike - I decided last night  that I would send you an email today but you beat me to it.
Aside from the lengthy freeze that we are enduring, age etc, I am in reasonably good health; I noted on your blog 'PGB Warrior' recently you have come up with a medicinal  treatment from a plant in your garden  for your aches and pains ( Arthritis) but I cannot find the plant concerned in the European zones, does it have any other name do you know?. ;D
Names of the platoon - if only I had made a duplicate of my Platoon Roll Book - I have the photograph of No 1 Platoon in front of me now trying to stir the old grey cells - so far the only names that I can remember are my two ' self appointed bodyguards' - second row, fifth in from the right L/Cpl BUJANG ;  third row sixth in from the right L/Cpl NYANAU. The Cpl sat on my left had a name something like RECARDON who had served with the Australian Forces in Singapore and New Guinea I believe in WWII.  the one at the left end of row 2 something like MINGGIS and the one at the extreme right of that row was Cpl ANYAM who received a Commendation for one of the operations around 1954 after I went back to the UK having completed my tour of duty.
Sorry old friend that I cannot remember anything more - it was fifty seven years or so ago. Apai tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on December 21, 2010, 11:13:43 AM
Minor problem there Apai Rizal but it seems ok, I ran out of space.

PS. I said some time back that the anticipated completion date was a very dubious one but at least it is still ongoing which is the main objective you had in mind at the beginning of your task.
Warmest regards,
Apai tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on December 21, 2010, 11:47:03 AM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

Thanks for the reply.

Yes, the project is still ongoing. The Federal Committee is carrying out most of the ground works. I was left out of the Sarawak State Committee - a move I saw as trying to kick me out from being involved in the State affairs as I had been very vocal in upholding / criticising what I felt is not right for the people. But there is a move now to get me back into the committee.

I'll PM you on the scientific name of the plant. I doubt you can get the plant in your place. I'm getting more and more positive testimonies that the juice of this plant can eliminate gout / arthritis and general body pain and I am planting more of this plant in my backyard.

Best regards

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on February 24, 2011, 10:23:47 PM
Dear George,

Back to the subject of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers. I am contemplating of making a trip back to Sarawak to meet and interview the remaining and still alive 60 or so members of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers. I need their stories for my book.

After you had "collected"no. 1 platoon from their training depot in Port Dickson, you brought the pl to your Regimental base. Where was the base? What happened to the pl after that? Was the platoon ever broken up and attached to other Regiments / troops?

Rizal
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Post by: george.theshed197 on February 25, 2011, 10:38:18 AM
Hello again Apai Rizal,
Great to hear from you again on this subject, from Segintin we travelled by train back to The Manchester Regiment base at  Temoh Hill Camp, TAPAH where we were greeted by the Officer Commading Lt. Col. Close-Brookes, the Adjutant and RSM W.O.I. A. Lomas.
At Tapah I extended their training to Platoon formations on the march - in Open country, Rubber Plantations and eventuall Primary and Secondary Jungle. We did a lot of work around the various new settlements that had been created in the area and numerous Min Yuen and terrorist supporters who were supplying food etc to the CT's were intercepted along with the supllies they were making. We then moved to those outlying settlements or individuals who had been missed on the initial movements of the Thompson Plan to carry out the same interceptions.
We next moved with the Battalion across to Pahang and were based firstly at Triang then Temerloh, South Pahang with other Companies being at Mentakab and Kuala Krau where we had  relieved the 4th Bn The Malay Regiment; there we really got into the deeper aspects of actually tracking and finding bandit movements, resting places etc and one or two older small camps. It was during this phase that I was informed of my father being seriously ill and was airlifted out back to Temerloh and then on to Kuala Lumpur and to Singapore for return to the UK, arriving there on Coronation Day for Queen Elizabeth II, 2nd June 1953 . During my absence the Platoon took part I understand in several operation in the Raub area including Operation TROJAN where under the command of Capt. W. Thorpe, M.C, they found a major food dump at the top of a very steep hill. According to a section of the JUNGLE BASHERS the platoon was then put under the command of 2nd Lt. SCHWARZ the young officer who had signed for them at Segintin, (on the platoon photgraph). Will continue on another letter.
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on February 25, 2011, 11:55:02 AM
Part 2.
Hi again Rizal,
Rather than occupy possible several pages of this index with further extracts from the JUNGLE BASHERS I will try to summarise the locations and actions of the platoon.
It seems that the platoon re-examined that hill the following day when a CT jumped out from behind a tree and fired a magazine from his sten at the leading scout, he missed completely and it was surmised later that the sight of a tattoed Iban had terified him because he did a massive leap backwards over the side of the hill whereupon the Ibans went after him, but after a short while the chase was called off due to the inhospitable terrain down which they slipped, tumbled and rolled.
Another Op in which they took part was MATADOR in the KEMAUL Forest Reserve west of the Pahang River, twelve days, resupplied by three air-drops. It seems that the C Coy and Sarawaks found two clearings where vegetables had been grown by the terrorists, the bulk remained in the first clearlng whilst Capt Thorpe and an Iban by name of SENGGALANG went forward to check the second clearing, where a terrorist collecting vegetables and Capt Thorpe spotted one another simultaneously, as Capt Thorpe aimed his carbine the CT disappeared to a flank, Senggalang seemingly had gone to the same flank and the terrorist's luck ran out, he was killed.
When I rejoined the Bn in the September the Sarawaks were out on Operation BROADSWORD, a major op which lasted from July 1953 to March 1954, the company base was in the Dublin Estates of the BONGSU forest reserve, when they came in a few days later their excitement at seeing me was short lived because someone (orderly Room?) had found out that I should not have returned to Malaya as my PYTHON tour had run out and I was flown back to the UK immediately as part of the Advance Party to prepare for the return of the Bn to Harrington Barracks Formby Lancs.
As far as I am aware the Sarawaks remained with C company until the Bn rebased in Selarang Barracks, Singapore prior to their return to the UK in April/May 1954 and were then returned to Seginting or Sarawak, I believe it was the former.
Hoping this is of use to you, should you have any other questions I will try my best to answer them.
Warmest regards, Apai tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rafboy on March 12, 2011, 02:52:14 PM
Posted on behalf of George for Rizal.
One of the Stone Memorials in the Regimental Chapel.
Original post is a Word Document picture of the Memorial, I have edited to add a jpg enhanced photo.
Cliff 
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on March 12, 2011, 04:21:22 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George.

Hope you are well.

Thanks for the info on the Sarawak Rangers. Can I have your permission to use whatever info and pictures you have written and posted here for my up-coming book on the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers 1948 - 1963? I am planning to meet and interview as many as I can of the remaining 60 of them now living all over Sarawak next month. Some of them are living in long houses that are only accessible by long boats. I'm excited to embark on the journey. I'm requesting for the Army's logistic and administrative support.

You mentioned one soldier by the name of Senggalang. He was one of the 100 soldiers who had voluteered to contunue  serving with 1st Bn The Malaysian Rangers when Malaysia was formed on 16 September 1963. He later became an Instructor at the Jungle Warfare School at PULADA in Ulu Tiram, Johor. He retired as a Warrant Officer II.

The relocation of the remains of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers buried in Malaya seems delayed. Sarawak has identified a piece of land not far from the State Museum but they seemed to have stalled in getting it approved. I don't understand these people. It is a Federal government project now and getting the land approved should simply be just a formal proceedure. They need pricking.

Warmest regards and take care.


Apai Rizal

Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on March 12, 2011, 05:06:47 PM
Hello again Apai Rizal,
Good to hear from you again, of course you may use any of the information, pictures etc, for your upcoming book which ultimately I look forward to reading.
I would dearly love to make that journey around Sarawak with you visiting  and renewing aquaintance  with those  remaining members of my old platoon, we went our separate ways in somewhat strained circumstances but I treasure my memories of my days and friendship with them.
Good for Senggalang in attaining the rank of W.O.II with the Malaysian Rangers, should you ever meet up with him please give him my regards.
I hope that you jave received the news and photograph of the new Memorial erected in the Regimental Chapel in Manchester Cathedral Thursday, 10th March, 2011,which includes the name of Cpl. Adrian anak Tandang who will be remembered for evermore in a country he never had the opportunity to visit.
Re the delay in the relocation of the remains of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers, if you remember I did say when that Committee was formed that '... now the problems will start.' Let us hope that the situation will soon be resolved and the approval granted.
Enjoy your trip and as I said earlier please give my warmest regards to all my old freinds,
Take care and sincere good wishes to you.
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on March 12, 2011, 06:10:06 PM
Dear George,

I wish you could make the trip with me and meet some of the men again. I'll be making full use of the Army facilities in order to save cost as I will be spending at least 3 weeks on the trip. Do let me know if you can.


Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on March 12, 2011, 06:43:44 PM
Regretably Rizal not the slightest chance due to my health (heart) problems, I am banned from flying completely, not to worry, I am still here that is the main thing, unfortunately one of my old freinds died a couple of weeks ago, his funeral was yesterday. He was with us in Malaya also but has been ill for some years now, even so it still came as a great shock; we all tend to consider ourselves 'fireproof' after what we went through all those years ago and events of this nature tend to remind us otherwise.
Nevertheless as I said in my previous email give any of them whom you meet, that remember me, all a good handshake and a hug from me; despite our coming from different cultures I think we all gained a better understanding of one another during our time together.
Take care and enjoy your trip, looking forward to hearing about it upon your return.
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on March 12, 2011, 10:46:11 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

I'm sorry to hear about your health problem. I wish I have the magic wand to turn you back into your old self but I don't. Yes, I will definitely deliver your good handshake and hug to those whom you knew and had worked with. I will carry the picture of you standing by the side of Tracker Maja to rekindle their memory.

Thanks George for all these. I can't quite place it but I feel like a part of The Manchester Regiment. Maybe it is because the Regiment had been a part of the Ibans and these few Ibans had commanded my greatest respect.

I pray for your recovery and good health.

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on March 13, 2011, 12:17:23 AM
Dear George,

The Stone Memorial would be great for my up-coming book. I would like to include it in the part where I will mention Cpl Adrian. Would it be possible to get a much clearer picture of it? The inscriptions are blurry.

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: Robert Bonner on March 13, 2011, 10:50:39 AM
Rizal.
The new memorial was only erected two days ago and I will send you a copy of the photograph direct to your own email address.

Best wishes,
Robert
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on March 13, 2011, 09:31:00 PM
Robert,

Thank you very much.


Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on March 15, 2011, 10:02:22 AM
Good morning Apai Rizal and Bob,,
Apologies for my absence and failure to respond earlier to your last message but unfortunately I collapsed Saturday evening and was rushed into the Queen Alexandra Hospital about 1130 that night and kept in for health checks and observation overnight. When the senior cardiologist saw me Sunday morning he gave me a thorough going over and admitted that they were puzzled because all the tests revealed that my heart showed no signs of any attack ; he considered the strongest possibility was that my medications were far too strong and  that my body was responding accordingly - he then reduced  two of the principal ones -  one by 35% and  another by 50% and I have to see my own GP in a couple of weeks time, he then discharged me and I was home just after lunch with strict instructions to take it easy for a few days until the changes had got into my system.
Thank you Bob for responding to Rizal's request for a better picture, when you have time I too would like a better copy.
Otherwise I am feeling reasonably great, have had a couple of light headed spells so have been avoiding the PC and other things and following orders -Yes Indeed Bob  definitely  :P  which I agree that is somewhat strange for me!!!
Regards to all, should be back in a few days all being well. Take care.
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on March 15, 2011, 10:45:38 AM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

Thank God you are all right. You have me worried here too. Please take care.

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on March 15, 2011, 05:11:49 PM
Apai Rizal,
Sorry to have you all worried, I am ok having had a couple of hours sleep this afternoon, I will take it easy for a few days until the changes made to my medications take full effect. My 'watchdogs' are keeping their eyes on me everywhere I move and have advised me to leave the PC alone, hence the short respone. If Tonyrod sees this - I will deal with your query in due course possibly in a couple of days.
Regards to all,
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on March 29, 2011, 06:15:07 PM
Good evening Apai Rizal,
I have just been reading your latest blog on 'PGB Warrior' wih great interest insofar as your proposed trip to Sarawak to meetup with as many of the still surviving  members of my original No 1 Platoon as is possible and my dearest wish would have been to do the journey along with you. However that is all that can be - a wish /a dream. I noted the information from the anonymous source indicating that the name of Sengalang had been submitted to identify one of the photographs shown - I can confirm that that name is very familiar to me and  would again confirm my own identifications as follows, In the second batch of No 1 Platoon - No. 13 - L/Cpl NYANAU ; 21 The  Late Cpl ADRIAN; 22 Cpl CHUNGKAI who received the C-in-C's Certificate for Bravery and finally  25 L/Cpl BUJANG; forgive me but I may have given these to you previously.
May I take this opportunity to wish you a safe and successful journey, please give my warmest regards to each and every one of the old lads you meet up with.
Take care, sincerest good wishes ,
Apai Tuai George.
PS. Would love to hear of your progress as you make the journey if that is possible - it would make fantastic reading on here for everyone.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on March 29, 2011, 11:42:30 PM
Dar Apai Tuai George,

Thanks for visiting my blog. Yes, my trip to Sarawak is on its final preparation. I'm awaiting a reply from the Chief of the Army for my request of admnistrative and logistic support. As the Sarawak State poll has been set for 16 April 2011, I shall have to make the trip after that date.

I will definitely give your old lads your warmest regards and a good hug.

Sure, I will, through this Manchester's website, give you all the progress of my trip. I hope there is an internet connectivity in the interior of Sarawak.

George, there are a number of questions I would like to ask about the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers to  complete my pictures of them. I would like to get a complete list. Who keeps this record? Sometime ago, someone gave a link for me to browse through. It was like going through a labyrinth of tunnels where I got lost.

Apai Rizal.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on March 30, 2011, 10:16:50 AM
Hello again Apai Rizal,
Any questions that you mght have about the records I cannot truly answer - in my opinion the prime source of information would have been at Seginting Camp. That was the point where they commenced their basic training and were issued with all of their clothing and equipment and presumably where any lists would have been held including their AF1033's which each of them would have signed for any military items issued, all of that information would then have been collated onto a Master Ledger kept either by the QM or Orderly Room. I would be inclined to start at Seginting and try to find out who took over there OR where did those records go, presumably Kuala Lumpur.
 There must also have been some sort of records kept by the Civil Liason Organisation relating to their pay and Next of Kin etc. but where I wouldn't have the slightest idea - possibly in Sarawak?
Someone has all my original Platoon Nominal Roll Books including the Training Registers for Weapon Firings etc - like a twit I handed them all in  when I was going home on Compassionate Leave;  all knowledge of them upon my return was denied by all parties concerned - "Must have gone astray in the move  from Pahang back here (Dublin Estate)." was all I got no matter where I asked. I am just thankful that I took my two photographs home to show my father otherwise they too might have gone missing.
Should anything further come to mind I will let you know without fail.
I too hope that there is an Internet connection so that we can keep in touch around the interior., this is going to be a fascinating story I can see even before it starts,.
Take care, keep in touch, and Bon Voyage.
Warmest regards,
Apai Tuai George.

Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rafboy on April 02, 2011, 10:34:52 PM
This link http://newspapers.nl.sg/ came my way through my connection with Slim School Cameron Highlands Malaya.  It can be used to search Singapore/Malay Newspapers.  Searching on Sarawak Rangers brings up 509 results on 51 pages some are pre WW2.  Note the results are not in date order.  The English in the brief descriptions of the articles leaves a lot to be desired but the Newspaper articles are OK, some are very brief.
Cliff
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on April 03, 2011, 05:52:59 AM
Thank you Rafboy for the valuable information. I had a peep at one of the articles concerning the Iban Trackers, it sure is informative.

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on April 03, 2011, 09:49:45 AM
Morning Apai Rizal,
 I see that Cliff beat me to it, I was just about to copy you in on this item. I am going to have a browse later today to see if any of the (hopefully) names mentioned are familiar.
Take Care.
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on April 03, 2011, 10:06:40 AM
Good morning Apai Tuai George,

What time is it now in your place? Here it 1705 hrs.

Having received all feedbacks from you all this while, I was somewhat unsure whether that reply was from Cliff and has to reread it a few times to make sure who sent it.

One article I read mentioned 2 names - WO Gon anak Samada BEM and Pte Bulik anak Pengarah Jimbun who was said to have killed a CT while attached to the SAS. One of my biggest problem is to match these names to the pictures available, if they were from the first batch of the reformed Sarawak Rangers (Malayan Unit).

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rafboy on April 03, 2011, 11:53:37 AM
Hello Rizal and George.
Rizal your reply to George came in timed at at 09:06 so the time difference is 8 hours at the moment, our clock went forward 1 hour last weekend.
I thought that you would both appreciate the link and find it interesting.  I will leave it to George to pass on any specific items of interest that he finds, I have given him a page number and date of one that I found which should be of interest.

Rizal I wonder if any of the Sarawak Rangers would have met my father, he was the Regiments Pay Sgt and I know that he was involved with paying off some of the Gurkha's at the end of their service but don't remember him mentioning the Sarawak Rangers.

Regards
Cliff
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on April 03, 2011, 12:46:01 PM
Good afternoon Apai Rizal,
The current time here is 12.30 pm (just after midday), the time in respect of this website I have never been able to work out so you are not alone in being confused.
I see that Cliff has once again beaten me to it in responding - the advantage of being that much younger I guess -(sorry Cliff couldn't resist that) :P
I have been browsing that site given to us by him and noted one item that might be of assistance -
There was a reference to one Capt. G.L.W. Watson of the 7th Bn The Malay Regiment "...collecting material for a book - "Sarawak Rangers - a biography." back in the 1960's I think it was, on page 2 if I remember rightly. I am going to try to find if that book was ever compiled and printed via searching the internet, meanwhile would you think that  there be any trace of it or the author within the records of said 7th Bn The Malay Regiment?? It would seem that someone else had a similar idea to that of your good self insofar as recording their early history.

Here's hoping, meanwhile take care,
Warmest regards,
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on April 07, 2011, 10:19:17 AM
Hello again Apai Rizal,
Well I have searched high and low for that Capt. G.L. Watson and his intended book on the Sarawak Rangers without the slightest trace anywhere, so it would appear that he too ran into the same problems that you are having in trying to find records or gave up for other possible reasons - which is very strange indeed.   They were still in the development stage in his time and records should have been to hand quite readily.  On a different tack altogether  -
Had my Cardio Nurse round yesterday morning - she has given me the ok on all aspects, BP, Lungs, Pulse, Oxygenation etc and is very pleased with the results so I though I would let everyone know the current situation - she will visit me again in July.
Warmest regards to all.
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on April 07, 2011, 01:49:48 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

Glad you have been given the ok. That is good news. Hope you will be back to your normal self to enjoy your daily routines. I have never seen any books written on the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers. I suppose Capt Watson must had given up on his effort. Back in 1981, a group of Malaysian and overseas students who were attending the Malaysian Armed Forces College, including those from the UK, did a research. However, their works was never divulged and made available to the public. What a waste!

Warmest regards.

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on April 09, 2011, 05:32:07 PM
Hello again Apai Rizal,
Below is part of a letter I received this morning from the Chairman of the Preston Branch of our Regimental Association Roy Hughes - I am sending this via the Forum primarily because it refers to yet another Iban Tracker who served with another Regiment as stated who is in your local Miitary Cemetery and one of those for whom you are searching records. They are are turning up slowly but surely.
"At our recent branch meeting a member of the loyal N Lancs regiment attended,he brought to my attention a visit made by members of his association to Malaya and the Taiping Military Cemetry,where they held a service for their fallen comrades.On their order of service they mention that Red Poppy Sprays will be placed on Nyambik Anak and the 1st Manchester graves prior to the start of the 1st loyals service,I think that is a wonderful gesture by 1 Loyals."
Capt Bonner will be writing to thank them on behalf of the Manchester Regiment.
Warmest regards as ever,
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on April 09, 2011, 05:54:47 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

Yes, 900665 Pte Nyambik anak Pasang was one of the four Iban Trackers buried in Taiping Christian Cemetry. The other three were 900172 Pte Ugap  anak Utut, 900601 Letan anak Kusing and 900815 Pte Kumpang anak Tinggi.

Thank you for the news and the wonderful gesture by 1 Loyals.

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on April 21, 2011, 10:14:31 AM
Dear Apai Rizal,
I thoght that you would appreciate that information re the Loyals, all regiments with which the Ibans and Dyacks served thought the world of them and their skills, let's face it without them we would not have been able to do our job so effiiciently - long may they enjoy their retirement.
By the way - when are you off on your expedition?
On behalf of the Forum may I wish you a very safe, enjoyable and highly successful journey both ways.
Pergi lekas.
Warmest regards,
Apai tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on April 21, 2011, 11:48:50 AM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

I'm still tying up some loose ends on the grounds and with my preparation with the Malaysian Army. Can't leave without settling them first.

Can't wait to start the journey.

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on April 23, 2011, 10:02:17 AM
Morning & a Happy St. George's Day to you all,
I received a PM from Rizal this morning part of which I have reproduced for the attention of all who have been waiting for the day by day news from his expedition to Sarawak-

'Look like I may have to postpone my trip to a later date. The Army has been sitting on my letter for almost 2 months now. They were the one who suggested to me to officially write to them. I doubt they are going to give me all the help I needed as they are currently tightening on their expenditure, including restricting movements of personnels and vehicles.'

We will just have to wait and see what happens and meanwhile convey our good wishes and continuing support to him.

Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on April 23, 2011, 04:21:23 PM
Good morning and a Happy St. George's Day to All.

My apology for the postponement of my trip to Sarawak to meet the remaining 60 members of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers. The turn of events are out of my hand. I will have to wait awhile until I'm absolutely certain of adequate support that will see me completing the trip from one end of Sarawak to the other successfully. It is similar to one of the principles of attack that we had learned - before launching an assault be sure to have enough supporting / covering fire. I don't want to get stranded half-way. Will keep you all informed.

Cheers!

Rizal Abdullah
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on April 26, 2011, 02:44:56 PM
I attended an Advanced Infantry Commander's Course at Warminster in 1974. I'm attaching the Course photograph. Any familiar faces among them?

(http://img146.imageshack.us/content_round.php?page=done&l=img146/153/10000442.jpg)

Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on May 08, 2011, 12:31:05 PM
Morning again Apai Rizal,
Sorry we haven't been able to help with the photograph as yet.
Meanwhile I have further details re the Loyals Locations during their tour in Malaya -
On completion of their Jungle Warfare Course down in Johore Bahru they moved up to Ipoh with a Company deployed in Butterworth and another up on the Siamese Border which they say was Khota Tinggi ( I think someone's memory is playing tricks there - that is the name of the place where the J.W. School was in Johore) and other locations between those areas.
I have also been given the email address for the Loyal's Museum in FUlwood, Preston which may be able to help with your further enquiries re Ibans attached to them in Malaya. - namely www.qlrmuseum.co.uk/Loyals.htm
Warmest regards,
Apai tuai George.

On this the 66th Anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on May 08, 2011, 01:57:14 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

Thank you for the information. I'm taking note and will try to communicate with them later.

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 13, 2011, 09:58:23 AM
REBURIAL OF THE 21 IBAN TRACKERS AND SARAWAK RANGERS KILLED IN ACTION
DURING THE MALAYAN EMERGENCY 1948 - 1960.

Dear Apai Tuai George and All,

The reburial is now finalised on 27 July 2011 in Kuching. The next-of kins have been invited. The Federal Home Minister will be coming. Of course Sarawak's VIPs include most of the State Ministers. I have been given the honour to give the first speech. I have written a poem in honour of the brave men and I hope to read it during my speech. Here it is:

POETRY:  IN HONOUR OF THE IBAN WARRIORS                                               
(In honour of the fallen Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers  who had sacrificed their lives in the Insurgency War in Malaya from 1948 to 1960)


O men of war!
Your name will live forever.
To you, courage was a virtue.
We are forever indebted to you.

You seek the path of danger.
Where death lurked spewing fear.
Behind every nooks, lurking.
Waiting to sever life’s string.

O warrior most noble.
The bravest and most able.
Strength unparalleled and mind of steel.
Matched by swords tempered to kill.

Protected by the spirits and gods of war.
You marched forward without fear.
Firm in the belief you were right.
On you, weapons of evil have no might.

In battle, withdrawal was a weakness.
Come what may, march forward, nevertheless.
Your beliefs were your strength and victory.
We pray there are many more with your tenacity.

After  60 long years seemingly eternity.
You are coming home, finally.
By your deeds you had sown the seeds
For the world to know your courageous feats.

Rest thee well O noble warriors.
You had set a tradition most noble.
A legacy that your generations must live by.
A tenet of life that mustn’t die.

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: Robert Bonner on July 13, 2011, 10:12:35 AM
Dear Apei Rizal.

Hearty congratulations on a job well done.  We shall be thinking of you on the 27th and hope that all goes smoothly.

Robert
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 13, 2011, 10:26:40 AM
Dear Robert,

Thanks. I'm looking forward to that day. Will brief the forum on the outcome.


Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 13, 2011, 06:07:23 PM
Dear Apai Rizal,

Congratulations on having achieved your objective and on a job well done. I would dearly love to be with you at the ceremony on the 27th but whilst the spirit is willing the flesh and my old bones are both too weak.

Should any of the old platoon turn up on the day please give them all my warmest regards.

Take care old friend and Renjer yang Pertama.

Apai tuai George.


Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 14, 2011, 12:38:33 AM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

Sorry to hear of your condition. I know you'd like to be at the ceremony and perhaps to meet some of your men again - after 60 years!

Anyway, I am planning to see them a day earlier at the place where they will be put up for the night. I will bring along the door sign and the old photographs with you in them. I'm sure they will recognise you. I'll convey your regards and hugs. Maybe this will be an opportunity for me to interview as many of them as possible. Rest assured, I will take a lot of photographs of them and the ceremony.

By the way, I will mention you in my speech, the door sign and your wish to have a special display corner within the enclosure of the Heroes' Graves, where the door sign and other pictures and documents related to the Trackers and Sarawak Rangers could be displayed. Personally, I will see the Director of the Sarawak Museum on the matter, as he will be the caretaker of the final resting place.

Warmest regards.

Apai Rizal.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 17, 2011, 07:19:05 PM
Good evening Apai Rizal,
Some good news for you, this afternoon whilst showing the photograph of the new Platoon of the Sarawak Rangers to a friend  the frame came apart and I saw several names scribbled on the reverse side of it so am passing them on to you to see if you can make any sense out of them.
Front Row left to right;Cpl Genko; Myself; CLO. Samaryhnan; 2/Lt. Schwarz; Lt. Col D.Baird; W.O.II from the Royal West Kents; CLO Ramyshan; Cpl. Recardon (Malay Regiment): Cpl. Adrian.
Second Row; L - R. Cpl. Minggu; Pte's Bejong; Ynui; Yangka; Sabang; Saleh; L/Cpl. Nyanau; Pte. Shridu; L/Cpl Bujang; Pte's Klepau; Krideng; Youmi and Cpl. Anyau.
Third row L - R.( incomplete like the fourth one) Pte's Jedak; Anyou: Chikou ? ; Lendu ; Rondau; Chaki; ? ;  ? ; Claudi ; Mike (the only Christian).
Back row no names whatsoever I regret to say

A million to one chance of those coming to light if the frame hadn't fallen apart and allowed the photograph to fall out, I never remembered that I had scribbled those names there all those years ago.

At least those were the names I had down there, not their complete names I regret to say; as I had them all in the Platoon Roll Book which at that time I considered was good enough, if only. However - with hindsight we are all bursting with knowledge and afterthoughts.

I have been off colour for the past few days but am feeling heaps better now I am pleased to say.
Take care, warmest regards.
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 17, 2011, 10:39:08 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

Thank you very much. That is a great help indeed. It is now giving a face to the otherwise nameless picture.

Some readers have identified a couple more: Fourth Row 2nd from left - Pte Sengalang ak. Uyang (Retired WO2). Back Row (extreme right) - 9001145 LCpl Makam ak. Barieng.

About 30 ex Trackers / Sarawak Rangers will be coming for the reburial ceremony on 26 and 27 July. I will try to identify the rest with them.

Thanks again George.

Take care.
Warmest regards.

Apai Rizal
Title: HOME AT LAST
Post by: rizalbob on July 29, 2011, 02:41:39 PM
Dear All,

On 27 July 2011, the 21 Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers killed and buried in Malaya and Singapore are now finally home, to their homeland, Sarawak - after a long 60 years.

Please follow this link to my blog to see the dignified reburial and tearful scenes.

http://pgbwarrior.blogspot.com/2011/07/home-at-last-after-60-long-years.html


Rizal Abdullah
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: Robert Bonner on July 29, 2011, 03:59:52 PM
Dear Rizal,

Many thanks indeed for sending us the details of the memorial ceremony.  Everything looks splendid and you must be feeling very proud that, at long last, your plans have come so successfully to fruition.

Many of their old comrades in the Manchester Regiment, with whom they served, will be delighted to learn of what you have achieved.

Best wishes.
Robert
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on July 29, 2011, 04:32:42 PM
Dear Robert,

Thanks. Seeing the families' and next-of-kins' tearful "reunion" is enough reward for me and their look of sincere appreciation, most unspoken, were most satisfying to me.

Rizal Abdullah   
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on July 29, 2011, 06:35:20 PM
Dear Apai Rizal,
As I said in my PM, congratulations on having achieved your objective in having brought comfort and some contentment to the relatives and friends of those 21 young men, a job well done indeed. The ceremony appears to have been very impressive and meaningful going off the photographs.
Thank you for the 'Mention in Despatches', here's hoping that the aim of retaining the Sarawak Rangers in some form at least will be attained,
I am proud and always will be  to have been associated with them - Terimah Kasek adda banyak banyak.
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: themonsstar on August 09, 2011, 08:34:50 PM
I was doing some research at the RLC Museum and found this lot of photo's.

1. A Sioux Helicopter in Sarawak.

2.Assault Pioneer Platoon The 1st Bn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Clear the Field in front of a defensive position in Sarawak.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: themonsstar on August 09, 2011, 08:45:22 PM
3. Un-name.

4. Every Bn serving in Sarawak had a Trained Patrol & Tracker dog, this pic shows a dog hander leading a patrol from The 2nd Bn Green Jackets in the Jungles of the Sarawak border area.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: themonsstar on August 09, 2011, 08:49:28 PM
5. Seria

6. The Headman's Longhouse at Long Krabagan
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: themonsstar on August 09, 2011, 09:02:43 PM
7. Patrols in the Jungle Sarawak

8. Patrols in the Jungle Sarawak
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: themonsstar on August 09, 2011, 09:07:48 PM
9. Patrols in the Jungle Sarawak

10. 69th Gurkha Independent Field Squadron R.E. work on a airstrip at Meligan, Sarawak.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: themonsstar on August 09, 2011, 09:16:04 PM
11. A Whirlwind Helicopter of the RAF brings in stores into a security forces hilltop position in East Malaysia

12. "A" Coy The 1st Bn KOYLI watching an air supply drop being carried out by a Bererley aircraft,standing by a twin Pioneer at Bareo
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on August 09, 2011, 11:09:56 PM
The Monsstar,

Thank you for the invaluable photographs of the involvement of the British Forces in the Indonesian Confrontation in mid 60s.

By the way, I have tried to download photographs in this forum without success. How should I do it?

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rafboy on August 10, 2011, 12:18:24 AM
Rizal, saving these photos may vary depending on which system you are using.  I am on Windows 7 and to save click on the file reference below the photo.  A window with a yellow border opens at the bottom of the screen with a "Save" option, click on the down arrow alongside "Save" and use the "Save As" option.  If you have any problems I can send them to you if you let me have an email address to send to.

I found the following information on the aircraft shown:

XP310 HR10 Whirlwind Was at Farnborough in 1962, it worked with 1Royal NewZealand Infantry in Borneo and perished at RAF Benson September 1976.  The reference I found refers to the Benson Fire Section so I suspect it was used for crash rescue practice.
XR480 HR10 Whirlwind of No 103 Squadron RAF strayed across the Borneo border and was shot down by Anti Aircraft fire on 17th November 1965, the remains of the aircraft and 2 crew were never found.
Twin Pioneer XL997 was scrapped in Singapore in October 1968.

I worked on HR10 Whirlwinds of the Central Flying School in 1962.

You may find more information on these aircraft if you search on "Aircraft" with the registration number of the aircraft.    
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on August 10, 2011, 01:28:10 AM
Sorry, I mean I want to UPLOAD photographs into this forum, how do I do it? Do I use the "image hosting" software?

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: themonsstar on August 10, 2011, 03:17:57 PM
Cliff

Thank you for the info about the pics it gives life to them.


Rizal I have a file on the Policy on the Iban Trackers,Borneo:

Recruiting
Terms of service
Arming
Movement
Termination

If you world like a copy, PM me with your e-mail address
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: themonsstar on August 10, 2011, 03:22:08 PM
13. An aerial view of the Longhouse & Village of the Kelabit tribe at Pu Lutong in Brunei

14. Longboats un-loading stores at Long Lama
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: themonsstar on August 10, 2011, 03:29:12 PM
15. Stores,Kit & Equipment being carried away from the landing pad  (see No 11).

16. Kayans unloading RCL "SINDAUN" at Long Lama, a tractor from the Farmers Training Centre helps haul 44 Gallon petrol drums up the river bank
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: themonsstar on August 10, 2011, 03:30:45 PM
17.  See No 12
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: themonsstar on August 10, 2011, 03:34:07 PM
Special Order of the day  1st Nov 1971  "Jungle Warfare School"
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: Wendi on August 10, 2011, 05:27:34 PM
Rizal check this explanation out http://themanchesters.org/forum/index.php?topic=682.0

Wendi  ;)
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on August 10, 2011, 05:59:17 PM
Wendi,

Thanks. That is simple enough. Will try it out in a short while.

Oh! By the way, remember I was trying to help an ex British Army soldier based in Singapore? It was a no go. He was medically boarded out and his injury was attained when he was not on active duty.

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on August 10, 2011, 06:14:28 PM
IBAN TRACKERS AND SARAWAK RANGERS KIA IN MALAYA 1948 - 1960:
HOME AT LAST, AFTER A LONG 60 YEARS.

After 3 years of hard work, the remains of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers KIA during the Malayan Emergency 1948 - 1960 were finally brought home to Sarawak and reburied in a Heroes' Grave on 27 July 2011. Here are some of the scenes.

Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on August 10, 2011, 06:21:00 PM
Some of the scenes at the Reburial Ceremony in Kuching, Sarawak on 27 July 2011. They were given a full military honour.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rafboy on August 10, 2011, 08:33:51 PM
Rizal, It looks like you have sorted out how to upload photos here.  Thank you for the very moving photos.
Cliff
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: Wendi on August 10, 2011, 10:09:00 PM
Hi Rizal - everything is worth a try !  the old saying "if you don't ask you don't get"

Many congratulations with the fulfillment of the burials, it means so much.  Well done all.

Wendi
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on August 10, 2011, 10:41:20 PM
Dear Rafboy,

Wendi gave me the link on how to upload pictures into the forum. Thanks again Wendi.

Dear Wendi,

The soldiers are from my former Battalion - 3rd Malaysian Rangers. The old inconsolable woman is the widow of Pte Nyambik ak. Pasang KIA in 1958. The lady beside her is his daughter. "He never said a word when he left us. I never dreamed of ever seeing him back home." She said when I talked to her, eyes brimming with tears. I too shed tears that day when I saw them "happy in sadness".

I wrote a poem in their honour, which I read during my speech at the ceremony. I will post it here soon.

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on August 10, 2011, 11:58:58 PM
Here is the poem I composed and read during my speech at the Reburial Ceremony on 27 July 2011.

POETRY:  IN HONOUR OF THE IBAN WARRIORS                                               
(In honour of the fallen Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers  who had sacrificed their lives in the Insurgency War in Malaya from 1948 to 1960)


O ye men of war!
Your name will live forever.
To you, courage was a virtue.
We are forever indebted to you.

You seek the path of danger.
Where death lurked spewing fear.
Behind every nooks, lurking.
Waiting to sever life’s string.

O ye warrior most noble.
The bravest and most able.
Strength unparalleled and mind of steel.
Matched by swords tempered to kill.

Protected by the spirits and gods of war.
You marched forward without fear.
Firm in the belief you were right.
On you, weapons of evil have no might.

In battle, withdrawal was a weakness.
Come what may, march forward, nevertheless.
Your beliefs were your strength and victory.
We pray there are many more with your tenacity.

After  60 long years seemingly eternity.
You are coming home, finally.
By your deeds you had sown the seeds
For the world to know your courageous feats.

Rest thee well O noble warriors.
You had set a tradition most precious.
A legacy that your generations must live by.
A tenet of life that mustn’t die.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on September 04, 2011, 11:24:15 AM
Good morning Apai Rizal,
I am just trying to get back into touch with you for a long time. Unfortunately I had a slight stroke.

With a lot of help from my dear Alice i am hoping to make a lot of sense and not a lot of rubbish.

For the time being I will try to limit my time but I will try to see at least if I can  get  in touch with you.

Thank you for the morning any way.

Apai tuai
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on September 04, 2011, 12:06:50 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

Good morning. Thank God you are alright. I thought I have lost a friend. The news I received were a little confusing. It said you were gone and next you were recovering. Anyway, I'm glad you are recovering.

There are a lot of things I wanted to tell you. I'll tell you later. Just two important things. I have taken up your suggestion to revive The Sarawak Rangers, not as a fighting unit but a ceremonial one. I had planted the idea into the mind of Sarawakians and the media has picked up the story. I'll be going to Sarawak very soon to see the Deputy Chief Minister and the Rangers Corp Chairman to seek their advice on the matter. At the same time I'll be handing over your door sign to the Director of the Sarawak Museum for their safekeeping.

Best Regards

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on September 06, 2011, 10:24:53 AM
Good morning Apai Rizal,
It would seem that I am getting better each time that I am talking to you, so the doctor is perfectly correctly  with his possibly diagnosis.

I still have my problems but if I take my time I can eventually get it right it event.

I am very pleased to hear that your suggestion to that the Sarawak Rangers are to be retained as a formal ceremonial idea be planted into the idea of the Sarawakians mind.

I am pleased to hear that you will meeting with the Deputy Chief Minister and the Rangers Corp Chairman to seek their advice on the matter and also to be handing over the old door sign the Director of the Sarawak Museum to their safekeeping.

For the time then - my best regards to you and your regards.

Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on September 19, 2011, 01:37:14 PM
HANDING OVER THE DOOR SIGN TO THE DIRECTOR OF SARAWAK MUSEUM - AT LAST.

Dear Apai Tuai George,

At last today (19 September 2011) I have handed over your door sign to the Director of Sarawak Museum. He said he will write to you personally to thank you.

Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on September 20, 2011, 09:55:22 AM
Dear Apai Rizal,
Thank you very much for the advice that my old Sarawak Ranger Door Sign has now been handed over to the Director of the Sarawak Museum. It is now back home complete with all its memories of the people who handled it during those few sort years and the many other people hopefully who will look at it with great affection in the years to come.
I am very happy to see it again Apai Rizal and even more happier myself now that my health is showing some greater improvement also.
Thank you for hopefully maintaining your contact with me in my minor problem.
Adda banyak banyak terimah kasik.
Apai tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on September 25, 2011, 09:17:26 AM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

You are most welcomed. I have just came out of the interior of Kapit, an Iban town deep on the mighty Rejang River to locate and meet up with some of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers. With no roads and in the absence of rain, travelling from one long house to another has been very difficult. But I have managed to meet and talked to about 10 of them.

I'll post some photographs later. I'm still in Sarawak. Hopefully I'll be home by 27 September. As you had wished, I have conveyed your regards and hugs.

RM
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on October 08, 2011, 10:00:38 AM
Good morning apai Rizal,
Hopefully by now you are fully recovered from your recent trek from into the interior of Kapit and your visits to the 'old boys 'of form days.

I am improving daily I am very pleased to inform you, I have an appointment with the Speech Therapist next Wednesday morning and await her present instructions for what the future holds for me.

Take care, looking forward to hearing from you and hearing all about your trip.


Apai tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on October 09, 2011, 02:20:38 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

I'm glad to hear that your health is improving by the day. I hope you will be back to your normal self soon.

Yes, I came back from Sarawak on 27 September 2011 - a 10 days trip. Not enough really. I got to meet only 10 ex Trackers and Sarawak Rangers. There are so many more that I want to meet. Have to think of an easier way to get their stories.

I met one of the earliest Trackers / Sarawak Rangers in Kapit. He was in the 1st platoon with Adrian ak. Tandang. His name is Senggalang ak. Uyang Here is his old picture when he was with the platoon. You might remember him.



Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on October 09, 2011, 02:26:26 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

Sorry, I press the "post" button too soon.

I met up with him at the Army Veterans Association's Kapit Branch. I conveyed and passed on your hug to him (as you had wished).

Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on October 09, 2011, 02:45:37 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

Kapit town is only accessible by boat from Sibu. Using the "Express Boat" (fast boat), it took us 3 1/2 hours to reach it. The fare was RM40.00 or equivalent to about 6 pounds.

Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on October 10, 2011, 12:00:55 PM
Dear Apai Rizal,
It was indeed a wonderful surprise to read your fantastic news about having met up with Senggalang ak. Uyang again after all these years.
I most certainly do remember him after having relooked at the Platoon photograph and then looked again at your most recent photograph of your passing along my requested hugs from me via your good self. I must admit that a few tears came into my eyes, like myself the years have passed us by but the eyes still have the glint of years gone by, may he have many years still to come.
Just to think, the last time we saw one another  he was just a youngster of 18 years or there abouts and I was around about 9 years older at the time and now we are both in our dotage, fantastic to just think about it. Hopefully we may manage to retain contact with him via the Kapit Branch of the Association on future occasions.
Thank you Apai Rizal for the information. surely it may be possible via that Association to track down others of the platoon, once my health improves I may try getting news about some of the others from that Platoon photograph.
It is still hard for me to realise just what you have achieved and I am very grateful for your hard work.

Adda banyyak banyyak terimah krasik.
Warmest regards,


Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on October 10, 2011, 06:05:32 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

You are most welcomed. I'm glad I have brought some of your nostalgic memories back.

Should you have the strength to make a visit to Kapit, I'll be too glad to accompany and show you around. I can ask the Veterans Association in Kapit to gather the ex Trackers and Sarawak Rangers to gather in Kapit. I can even request for the same hospitality that Commander 9 Brigade had offered me.

I am now chasing 2 of my dreams:

1.   Reforming the Sarawak Rangers as a ceremonial unit only for Sarawak.

2.   Forming the Sarawak Rangers Veterans Association (SRVA). I have already formed the protem committee with me as the protem president. We want to make money and use it to raise the quality of lives of the ex Trackers, ex Sarawak Rangers, ex Malaysian Rangers and other Sarawak Veterans and their families. God-willing, I'll see this through.

Warmest regards.



Apai Rizal



Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on October 11, 2011, 10:19:05 AM
Dear Apai Rizal,
I thoroughly enjoyed revelling with the nostalgia you brought back with the photographs of Senngalang ak. Ulang after all of those years, many thanks indeed for that.
However I would doubt any possibility of my making the trip to Kapit, that is simply a dream - let us face it!!!
However as far as the two dreams that you are fronting they are a totally different story, both are right there in front of you - GO FOR THEM - now, not in a few years time.

1) The formation of the SRVA must be first off; there must all ready be more than a possibly 100 members immediately from former members of your 3rd Bn to begin with.  A letter from your good self to the National Newspapers advising  a follow up story to the Memorial Funerals and that susequent to that the Formation of The Sarawak Ranger Veterans Association will be raised and the prime reasons be the requirement of subscriptions to raise the quality of lives of former Veterans. May I make so bold as request to be an Honorary Member!!

2) Phase 2, The Ceremonial Unit, might be needing a lot more thought and discussion to have all the ideas in connection of the style of uniform and ritual etc. That will require a great deal more thought and respect,.

So there you are up and running with no. 1. Any assistance I could offer is at your asking.

Meanwhile I myself now must prepare myself for my interview tomorrow morning with my Speech Therapist to find what she may have in store for me.
For now then take care.
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on October 11, 2011, 10:46:21 AM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

Thanks for your views. Rest assured, you will be our first overseas Honorary Member.

I'm just mulling the idea of offering the whole Manchester Regiment as one of our Honorary Members (and all the rest of the British and Commonwealth Forces that the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers had been in contact with.) Will decide on this once we have registered the Association.

Warmest regards and take care.

Apai Rizal.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on October 13, 2011, 12:15:52 PM
Dear Apai Rizal,
I am delighted to be able to advise you that following my yesterdays visit with the speech therapist that she is over the moon with my turn of events to such an  extent that she has discharged me from the unit. The odd bibs and bobs that are still giving me problems she reckons will eventually come together in due course, so all being well I should soon be back onto the Forum as norm.

Glad to hear how things are starting to formulate and look forward to receiving occasional 'sit-reps'.

Take care old friend,
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on October 13, 2011, 02:58:01 PM
Dear ApaiTuai George,

Delighted to hear your health is coming to normal.

You know what? I had forgotten about that word "Sitreps" until you broght it out.It brought memories when as a platoon and company commander I had to send a daily SITREP to my Company Commander or the Bn Tac Hq.

The Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers apart from the Home Guards, Border Scouts and Auxiliary Police are getting a one-time payment of Malaysian Ringgit3000 (about 500 pounds) from the Malaysian government as announced in the Budget 2012 for having played a part in the Malayan Emergency. This is a token of appreciation by the Government.

Warmest regards

Apai Rizal.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on October 15, 2011, 10:37:45 AM
Dear Apai Rizal,

If I keep on at this rate we will have you back on all of the old linggo very soon indeed !!!
That annoucement for the old Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers is indeed a very generous token of appreciation by the Malaysian Government, let us hope that many of then will be still be around to collect it.

Wouldn't if be nice similar idea if the Malaysian Government could be pursuaded also to push our own Government into making a gesture to say the  award of a Rosette to the GSM, as has been suggested by others in the past including  the Royal Hampshires (The Tigers).

We can but hope.

Meanwhile I am following you blog with great interest,
Take care,
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on October 15, 2011, 11:47:20 AM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

If you are following my blog, then you are up-to-date with what I'm doing currently.

Anyway, will keep the forum informed of any interesting news.

Warmest regards.

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on October 20, 2011, 06:24:28 AM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

UNIFORMS OF IBAN TRACKERS AND SARAWAK RANGERS.

I have these black and white photos of the Iban Trackers (1951) and a Sarawak Ranger with your goodself (taken in 1953).

What colours were the uniforms and what weapons were they using? How many rounds was the first line of ammo?

Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on October 20, 2011, 06:31:44 AM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

Sorry, I pressed the "send" button too fast. Continue..........

That first photograph was Iban Trackers taken in Kroh in 1951. The second was that of the Sarawak Rangers.






Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on October 20, 2011, 11:11:36 AM
Good morning Apia Rizal,
Here we go -

When the first Iban Trackers were attached to the various units of the British Army they were all issued with the standard field equipment identically as everyone else - Jungle green shirts and slacks plus jungle hats, jungle boots. etc.  Equipment was the basic green 44 Pattern webbing, pouches, packs, water bottle and cup, standard mess tins etc. In other words the identical issue that the troops all received. Weapons carried being standard 303 rifles along with 50 round bandoliers, later at Kroh following their training those qualified were allowed the use of Owen Guns.

When they became the Sarawak Rangers down at Seginta Campthey were issued with the standard daily dress rig of Khaki Drill shirts, khaki hose tops , jungle green puttees and standard issue army boots with 37 pattern webbing belt along with khaki beret carrying the Sarawak Rangers Cap badge behind which was their coloured strips and those previous entitled to wear them their General Service Ribbon (basically to today). Then operational they wore the standard issue Jungle Greens; standard 303 weapons and what ever weapons were issued are per their patrol requirements, Bren Gunners etc. Owen Guns, Patrol Commanders 38 and W.P. Grenades, The one item still remaining with the myself as Sgt was the 38 Wireless Set carried by a european member and despite my requests for Rangers to be trained as signallers to the best of my knowledge they never managed to be allowed.
They were issued with their own manpack Compo Rations which if I remember rightly were Malay because I managed to persuade  the QM to change myself also to be on those rations ( I preferred them myself).

I think I have cover all your queries, if not come back to me,

Take care old friend,

Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on October 20, 2011, 02:42:56 PM
Thanks George,

You've more than answered my question.

Actually, a film production company is making a documentary film on the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers. The final shooting will involve soldiers dressed as Trackers doing their job in the jungle. I was unsure as to the type of uniform they wore. Your memory is still crystal clear. You can recall what had happened 48 years ago as if it had happened recently.

Thanks again George.

Take care and warmest regards.

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on November 25, 2011, 10:13:50 AM
Good morning All again,


I am very please to advise that I am once again back on line and feel something like being my hopefully old self once again; last evening I managed to make telephone contact once again with one of my old company subalterns from B Coy days at Kroh the one and one and only Crispin from 5 platoon. We had a fair old natter and hope to rekindle even further memories. He passes his regards on to anyone of the 'old lads' especially to those who are no longer in the bloom of youth !!! who may remember him.

Apai tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on November 25, 2011, 03:06:09 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

It is good to hear you are back to your old self.

Selamat datang dan selamat kembali (Welcome home and welcome back)


Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on December 22, 2011, 05:39:51 PM
Good evening Apai Rizal,

No doubt the Forum would welcome the latest news from your Blog -

On the 22nd December 2011 Rizalbob is presenting a paper to one of the Iban Ministers in the Sarawak Cabinet to "Proposal to Renew the New Sarawak Rangers".

May we wish him every sucess in his venture.

Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rafboy on December 22, 2011, 10:30:24 PM
Good luck Rizal, hope it goes well for you.
Cliff
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on December 23, 2011, 12:24:31 AM
Dear Apai Tuai George, Cliff.

My team and I presented the proposal paper yesterday, 22 December 2011 to Social Development and Urbanisation Minister Tan Sr William Mawan who has been enthrusted by the Chief Minister to hear out our proposal.

All went well. The Minister agreed fully and went further as to allocate us some fund once I have registered my Sarawak Rangers Veterans Association, which I will do sometime in January/February 2012, once the new Veterans Act has been endorsed by Parliament and the King.

The next stage is to present it to the States' highest CEO, the Chief Minister himself sometime in January 2012.

Still keeping my fingers crossed.



Apai Rizal.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on August 26, 2012, 10:49:09 AM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

How are you? Hope you are in the best of health.

It has been many months since I have posted and keep you updated on the development of Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers. Well, there have been changes and modifications of my original plans:

1.   Raising the Sarawak Rangers is out at the moment but I am taking advantage of the skills they were world-famous for - their jungle tracking skills and jungle survival. I am setting up Jungle Tracking and Jungle Survival School based on the concept of an Out-of-Bound School. We want to make sure these skills are taught and passed on to the younger generations.

2.   Ex Iban Trackers, ex Sarawak Rangers and Malaysian Rangers (in Sarawak) are the poorest among all the ex servicemen in Malaysia where about 50/60% of them are living below the poverty line. I have formed a SARAWAK RANGERS VETERANS ASSOCIATION. Our aspiration is to lift their standard of living. We have acquired our first agricultural piece of land, about 2000 acres which we are going to cultivate with palm oil. Every members will receive the yearly proceeds from this plantation.

A few months ago we have filmed a special documentary film on Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers which will be shown on our Astro History Channel tonight at 10 pm with repeats on 28 Aug and 30 Aug 12.

So far for now.

Cheers.

Apai Rizal.



Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on August 26, 2012, 12:57:50 PM
Dear Apai Rizal,
That was a wonderful surprise to hear from you like this today, I am in quite good health I am happy to say, alright I have my good days and my bad ones also but I am still around and that is the best way to be. I have finally managed to convince the Audiology people at the Queen Alexandra Hospital here  at Portsmouth what was required relating to my Hearing Aids and the Technician has modified the system to give me a far greater level of volume and clarity than anyone else has managed, to date, and it is fantastic - I am pleased to say that it is also helping my own speech as well which is a great improvement indeed.
I have not returned completely to my old self, that is highly unlikely I regret to say but about 90% so cannot complain, I have been fortunate in that respect.
It is sad to hear that some of your plans relating to the Sarawak Rangers have had to be put on hold but I like the sound of this Outward Bound Type School  you are proposing to ensure that the old skills of tracking and survival in the Jungle will be passed on to the younger age levels within the Iban Longhouses.
I also like the idea of the Nipa Palm Plantation scheme and the proposal to share the proceeds out to the former Rangers to help them financially.
Each time I look up at their photograph in front of my desk I can remember most of then quite fondly and some of the many times we shared our jungle 'rumah and makan' of days gone by. My thoughts go out to them regularly.
It is highly unllkely I will be able to find that programme you have mentioned but can well imagine what it would be like - one of our regular forays out into the ulu - wonderful days in which I learned to much from all of them and presumably I passed something back to them in return also.
Many thanks for kind wishes and long may we both continue to correspond.
Ada baik,
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on August 26, 2012, 02:36:13 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

This is to inform you that Tracker Maja anak Barek, the one together with you in the picture attached has just passed on a couple of days ago at his long house in Bintulu, Sarawak.


Apai Rizal.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on August 26, 2012, 05:11:27 PM
Apai Rizal,
'What can I say at this news other than Pray that his Spirit will remain for ever in his Longhouse and that he may roam in Bintilu Ulu as in his youth as I remember him' - May he Rest in Peace, Farewell Old Friend.
Thank you very much for informing me Rizal.
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on August 26, 2012, 05:19:04 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

I sent him a wreath and told the family that it was from you as you had known him when he was serving with the Manchester Regiment in 1953.

Apai Rizal.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on August 26, 2012, 06:24:43 PM
Apai Rizal,
That was very generous and very fortuitous of you, may many Blessings come upon you. I shall remember him and his family in my prayers this evening.
Have you realised Rizal that it is just over three years since I first commenced corresponding with you, how time flies.
I will come back to you tomorrow, I am somewhat occupied at the moment with an enquiry on the Forum, (Where else?)
Take care,
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on December 13, 2012, 12:35:54 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

How are you getting on? Sorry for not sending you any news these past few months. Nothing much happening since I last wrote to you. It is a waiting game now. My application for a 3000 acres of palm oil land from the State Government has received a nod from the Chief Minister of Sarawak but the proceedure regards its acquisition is taking a long time. My plan to set up a jungle Tracking and Jungle Survival Academy has also been given the nod by the State Government but I was advised to make a follow up once the palm oil plantation has taken off the ground.

Within the past two weeks I have opened up 3 Branches in Lundu, Sri Aman (Simanggang) and Kanowit (the places may be unfamiliar to you). In February 2013, I  am planning to open up more Branches throughout Sarawak in order for the Association to reach down to the ex servicemen.

Best regards

Apai Rizal.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on December 14, 2012, 06:29:40 PM
Apai Rizal,
I am doing very well at the moment healthwise I am very happy to say but due to the severe weather we have been having of late my movements outdoors are somewhat restricted regretably and I am looking forward for the better weather.
I understand very well the problems you are having, as I did warn you a long time ago once government officials get involved in such problems associated with land situations such as this then we are at their mercy. Never mind it will all come good in the end and your Jungle Tracking and Survival Academy will be achieving your initial desires.
You are doing very well in opening up 3 new branches for the Association throughout Sarawak - the only name that comes back to my mind is the one at Kanowit, all the other ones are totally new to me - good heavans it is over 60 years ago since my Jungle Bunny ;D ;D ;D days were in their heyday and much water has flown under the bridges since then.
I keep an eye on your blog to update myself but must admit that your last one was beyond me, my Bahasa Melayu is not what it used to be, never mind tho. I thoroughly enjoy hearing from you.
I did have a telephone call from one of the old Platoon Commanders of Kroh days when 2/Lt Crispin Worthington formerly of 5 Platoon B Company called me a couple of days ago which brought  so many happy occasions back to mind. He asked me to remember him to any of the old crowd who get in touch with me - so count yourself in on the list.
All the very best to you and your family Apai Rizal, be they in Taiping or Sarawak and look after yourself,
Warmest regards,
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: Robert Bonner on December 15, 2012, 02:45:22 PM
Dear Apai Rizal,

I came have just come across the names of the very first trackers who served with us in Malaya.  What great characters they were - and they taught us a great deal about making ourselves comfortable in the jungle!

Entalang anak Umpor, Nabay anak Linggi and little Jampi anak Ngauh were with us in B Company at Kroh on the Thai border.  Tenguling, Kemidang, Dempi, Katil, Untom & Kelambong were with A Company at Kuala Nerang.

All best wishes to you and your family.

Robert
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on December 16, 2012, 12:18:47 AM
Hi Robert,

Yes, I remembered you posted a photograph of the three trackers, Entalang, Nabay and Dempi in Kroh if I'm not mistaken. It is frustrating for me that I cannot put names to the pictures of the Trackers/Sarawak Rangers that I have. Most of the Trackers that I have met have very poor or little memories of their short stint in Malaya.

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on December 22, 2012, 11:17:54 AM
With every good wish to anyone still around from the old - 'Jungle Bunny' days, - Johnny McCabe, Tommy Rodulsson, Bob Hinsley, Crispin Worthington, Bob Bonner, Derek Chadderton, Bob Owen, possibly old Jimmy ''One Bomb', Yosser Hughes, Tom Boardman, Ron Boardman and any others. Take care and may the New Year be good for all of us.
And may the 15 still 'holding the fort' Rest in Peace.
George S.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on December 23, 2012, 09:48:15 AM
Dear All,

Here's wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

My wish is that the new year will be a better year than the last for all of us.

Rizal Abdullah
Taiping, Malaysia.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on December 23, 2012, 10:18:24 AM
On  behalf of the Forum Apai Rizal I thank you for those Christmas Greetings and Good Wishes for the New Year - as you said - May it be a good one for all of us and also for your Family and Ranger Association Members everywhere.
Ke-salamataan dudok.
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on December 23, 2012, 11:02:57 AM
Dear Apai Tuai george,

I just came back from Penang this morning. The traffic is building up on the highways. The traffic condition a few days before Christmas and the few days after will be unusually heavy. As usual, here in Malaysia we will have a national celeberation which will involve ALL Malaysians of all races and religions.

Apai Rizal.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: themonsstar on February 19, 2013, 06:35:29 PM
Hi Rizalbob  or anyone

Someone on another forum would like to know if:

Does any evidence exists for Dyaks serving under British Army authority in WW1 ?

If so, were they from Borneo, Sarawak or both ?

Did they serve overseas from Borneo ?


Thank you for any help

Roy
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on February 20, 2013, 02:16:46 PM
Dear Roy,

I'm sorry. I have never heard or read about Iban's involvement in WW1. As far as i know, only a small number of Ibans were taken in by Charles Brooke to form Sarawak Rangers which he used to fight the Ibans themselves.

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on February 20, 2013, 05:35:45 PM
Apai Rizal,
Good to hear from you again, I have been racking my brains trying to remember what information I had been given during my time at the 6th Bn The Malay Regimant at Penchal Cheepa. As far as I can remember I agree with what you have said - that Rajah Charles Brooke only had basically a small unit he developed to quell rebellion within the Ibans themselves and following that Ceremonial duties within Sarawak itself.
If I remember rightly the first time that the Ibans became involved was around October or thereabout in 1948 when the Emergency really erupted.
Hope that you are keeping well. I had a spell in hospital again 10th February with a few seizures which has left me with  a mild form of Epilepsy but they let me home again on the Tuesday evening.
Take care,
Apai Tuia George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on February 21, 2013, 01:31:26 PM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

I hope you'll be alright. It is amazing that your memory is still very clear and can recall events as if they had just happened recently.

I have opened 5 Branches so far for my Sarawak Rangers Veterans Association (SRVA). I have yet to open another 6 more to enable the Association to reach down to all members throughout Sarawak.

I have changed from taking care for only Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers to ALL EX SERVICEMEN IN SARAWAK including the Royal Malaysian Navy and Royal Malaysian Air Force. I couldn't leave them behind. Not fair for them.

My Palm Oil plantation and Jungle Tracking and Jungle Survival Academy haven't taken off the ground yet but ground works have begun.

Take care George.

Apai Rizal.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: themonsstar on February 24, 2013, 10:54:45 AM
Thank for the information Rizal & George

I will pass it on.

Roy
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on March 06, 2013, 10:05:18 AM
Hi to ALL fomer Jungle Bunnies,
Had a wonderful telephone chat last evening to fomer 5 Platoon Commander from Kroh days - Crispin Worthington. He wishes to be remembered to everyone who served with the Battalion in those far off days of yore. He had a knee surgery done last June and is hopping around the Orkney these days like a 'good un again'.
Good to hear from him.
Regards to all,
Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on August 09, 2013, 07:36:15 PM
Yes. Its the old man again,
How many of you "Old Jungle Bunnies" and I use that title very loosely, have ever read any of the older books written of the days relating back to those days of early 1942 and firstly the Fall of Singapore and the ultimate fate of many of those POW's ; of places such as Changi and Kanchanaburri and events during and under the Japs ?
Recently I have been doing precisely this, including E. Spencer Chapman's " The Jungle is NeutraL" and his colleagues of the efforts they made to try to achieve contact with the MPAJA many of whom we later with other units we came to know as C.T's or Terrorists- The Bandits.!!
With a great deal of effort and much scratching of heads can any of you try to recall some of the areas that  our Bn's Companies covering the areas of Perlis; Perak; Kedah & Pahang concerning, thrashed around such as 'The Betong Salient' of the Kroh/Ayer Tasek/ Klian Intan ; The Cameron Highlands; The 'Bidor area of Tapah; Gunong Tahun etc and The Tin Taiings and the numerous others such as areas of Triang,Temorloh and Mentakab etc.??
I am trying to correlate some of the wanderings of Col. Chapman's books along with those of some of his  and some of your memories may help me to associate  with some of his references.

Your's - assistance and help would be appreciated.

Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on August 19, 2013, 12:17:40 PM
The silence was murder !,

I thought that at least I would have had some of the more gorier details of "Days and nights in the' Bongsu' etc" - from some of our "Teenie Boppers" of those days - however, so be it.

It would seem that no further yarns will darken the doorstep of this section - sad isn't it ???

Take care lads.

Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: artyhughes on August 19, 2013, 08:17:45 PM
Hello George,Pleased to see you are up and about,plenty of go in the old one I note,concerning the silence in your last post,do you remember a Cpl Smith( EX Kings)who was in the MMG Pl with George Rawlinson at Kulim,Cpl Smith played the bagpipes in a fashion and drove the whole of SP Coy to distraction,patrolling was healthier than listening to the wail of the pipes,whatever happened to Cpl Smith goodness knows but his absence was heaven,Keep Well,Roy
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on August 20, 2013, 10:01:14 AM
Good to hear from you Roy,
I most certainly do remember "Piper ?" Smith - he was on the advance party with us to Malaya, our first port of call being six weeks at the Jungle Warfare School at Khota Bharu down in Johore. I can still hear the drones from all those years ago- it's strange, just a few days ago I came across one of the old photos(in fact I think it is in on one of the pages some way back) that we managed to get off  on one of those days, including such characters that you may remember as Jimmy Elmore ( did you ever hear of his blasting off the EY Rifle FROM HIS SHOULDER ???); of Simmo from A Company; Johnny Mulcahey and speak of the devil himself old Pipey  Smith - yes indeed - were did he disappear to?? He seems to have vanished into space, never heard of him from anyone or anywhere, curious indeed. I can remember just how popular he was especially  with the Ossie Instructors from the school ( ALL vets from Papua and the Kakoda Trail) All those suggestions precisely where to put the drones for the best results. Trying to remember some of the other's on that course - Johhny Heason, Captain'd by D....Moss - on our five day effort we had to take in an Airdrop and D.. volunteered me to "raise the aerial for height, get up that vine !! "unfortunatey for me I disturbed a HORNETS nest about forty feet or so up the tree and in my 'abseil down' to lower altitude I diverted hundreds of the little b******* into the rest of the patrol - don't think I was a very popular bloke that day I headed right off into the adjacent river with D....... right behind threatening me with death and judgment.
Happy ( or were they ) days.
Trust that yourself and Jean are settled in now, keep in touch.
All the best,
George and Alice.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on August 20, 2013, 05:03:22 PM
Had my nap and  now back for the fray,

Had a refresher from Bob's book, J.B.

 Following the air-strike  on the Sungei Kob area of the Bongsu after 7th August which started as an EXERCISE but than it hit the fan all hell let loose and when L/Cpl Fitzpatrick was killed by that burst of m.g/ fire and Cpl. 'Bully' Quinn was stitched also in both arms  and for his bravery 'Pluto' Ronnie Holt was later awarded the M.M.
If my memory serves be rightly - 'Bully' Quinn had come from the King's with the same draft as Smudger Smith.

Didn't Pluto MM and Smudger both transfer across to the Malayan Scouts a/k/a  S.A,S.?? I'm sure that is what happened.


Other things are also coming back to my memory also associated with that Patrol, however, let's  leave it at that.

Cheers.
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: artyhughes on August 20, 2013, 08:39:34 PM
Hello George and Alice
I remember only too well the unfortunate circumstances of L/Cpl Fitzpatricks death,his draft must have had the mockers on it,Cpl Jimmy Broadbent was also of that draft he was also KIA in 1953,Pluto R Holt MM did eventually transfer to the SAS,as for Smudger Smith I cannot remember much else,one moment he was in camp on returning from ops he had disappeared into the effervescence fortunately with his pipes,Bully Quin alas after the Sungei Cob incident I do not know what happened to him.Malaya was like that,off you would go on ops for a few days and on return to base,friends had moved on and there would be new faces.Happy Days,Fondest Regards to You both,Roy and Jean
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on August 21, 2013, 10:25:49 AM
Hi again Roy,
Yes I also remembered Jimmy Broadbent - but you were talking of Bully Quinn , immediately following my return to the battalion I ran into problems. The end result of which I was warned and immediately/advised that I was not supposed to have come back to the battalion as I had (according to The Powers that Be)  "....Completed my tour of duty and was therefore immediately flying back to the UK" and found myself back to KL and off to Changi Airbase and onward bound home on PYTHON ??? I just did not believe it - just like that - However be that as it may.
In 1954 I was back at Ladysmith Barracks and the Sgts Mess had organised a day at Aintree and lo and behold met along with Bully Quinn and a load of the Liverpool Branch OCA - needless to say a right old chinwag and a few beers went down the hatches; as we were packing up after the races had finished another face suddenly appeared in front of me picking up rubbish -it took me a few minutes to identify, he had aged that much, and there smiling as ever was poor old Johnny Mulcahey. He had fallen on hard times when he left the army, hit the bottle  lost his wife and family etc. many of the crowd of us round had served with and under him and suddenly the hat when round - a bottle was put in his hand and several notes were shoved into his pockets and then just as suddenly the bus was moving off and we were diving for seats - that we the last I saw of Johhny.
There was something of a silence fell over the coach and through my mind ran that very old phrase - There but for the grace of God could be any one of us.
Take care,
George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: artyhughes on August 21, 2013, 10:05:21 PM
Hi George,I remember Johnny Mulcahey very well,so sad to hear about his downfall,as you say there but the grace of god could be any of us,hope you had a winner on the day and took the bookies to the cleaners,keep well,Roy
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on August 11, 2015, 09:42:58 AM
Bringing everyone right up to date
Problems within the Sarawak Rangers Veterans Association - April 2015.

Morning All,
 
I am not sure whether or not  you are aware of the latest  news relating to Rizal Abdullah's SRVA problems or not, hence this note to you.

Read his BLOG

http://pgbwarrior.blogspot.co.uk/

Insofar as I can make out there is nothing that we do for him as I, being the only honorary member of the SRVA in the UK, BUT as this is the only update that you are likely to see I just thought that some of you might like to have been advised if the situation.

Regards to all,

Apai Tuai George
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: Robert Bonner on August 11, 2015, 10:05:08 AM
Thanks George.  It really is a very sad conclusion.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on November 10, 2015, 09:53:34 AM
Let us remember once again our fifteen former comrades whom we left behind in Malaya in 1954.

They shall grow not old as we are that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them now the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning - We WILL remember them.

Sleep well old friends.

Apai tuai George.
Title: Let us continue to Remember the 16 who are still holding the "FORT".
Post by: george.theshed197 on November 11, 2017, 10:45:16 AM
Including the two still buried in the Sungie Inis Forest Reserve, with No Known Grave Marker.
George
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on April 30, 2018, 07:43:54 AM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

Those areas that you mentioned were my hunting grounds when Chin Peng embarked on his second phase of the Emergency from 1970 until they gave up their struggles in 1989.


Apai Rizal

Yes. Its the old man again,
How many of you "Old Jungle Bunnies" and I use that title very loosely, have ever read any of the older books written of the days relating back to those days of early 1942 and firstly the Fall of Singapore and the ultimate fate of many of those POW's ; of places such as Changi and Kanchanaburri and events during and under the Japs ?
Recently I have been doing precisely this, including E. Spencer Chapman's " The Jungle is NeutraL" and his colleagues of the efforts they made to try to achieve contact with the MPAJA many of whom we later with other units we came to know as C.T's or Terrorists- The Bandits.!!
With a great deal of effort and much scratching of heads can any of you try to recall some of the areas that  our Bn's Companies covering the areas of Perlis; Perak; Kedah & Pahang concerning, thrashed around such as 'The Betong Salient' of the Kroh/Ayer Tasek/ Klian Intan ; The Cameron Highlands; The 'Bidor area of Tapah; Gunong Tahun etc and The Tin Taiings and the numerous others such as areas of Triang,Temorloh and Mentakab etc.??
I am trying to correlate some of the wanderings of Col. Chapman's books along with those of some of his  and some of your memories may help me to associate  with some of his references.

Your's - assistance and help would be appreciated.

Apai Tuai George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on April 30, 2018, 07:53:17 AM
Dear All,

Sorry to paint an unhappy picture. I didn't know you are reading my blog. Anyway thanks for your concern. I have settled that hiccup with our Registrar of Society. I had to tell them the best solution was to deregister the association. And that was what they did. My supporters formed a new Association called Persatuan Veterans Tentera Kor Renjer while the other party still cling to the old name of Sarawak Rangers Veterans Association.

Apai Rizal


Bringing everyone right up to date
Problems within the Sarawak Rangers Veterans Association - April 2015.

Morning All,
 
I am not sure whether or not  you are aware of the latest  news relating to Rizal Abdullah's SRVA problems or not, hence this note to you.

Read his BLOG

http://pgbwarrior.blogspot.co.uk/

Insofar as I can make out there is nothing that we do for him as I, being the only honorary member of the SRVA in the UK, BUT as this is the only update that you are likely to see I just thought that some of you might like to have been advised if the situation.

Regards to all,

Apai Tuai George
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on April 30, 2018, 11:07:51 AM
Dear Apai Tuai George,

Now that the 21 graves of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers have been reburied in the Heroes Grave in Kuching through Op Mai Pulai (Op Bringing Home) on 27 July 2011, I also have noticed that there were no bones in the graves when they were exhumed. Meaning, all had been buried in-situ, deep in the jungles.

Would you like to see pictures of the reburial ceremony in Kuching? It was a heart-rending sight when the next of kins came and wrapped their arms around the headstones. There were not a single dry eyes that day!

Apai Rizal


Many thanks for that link Bob,
Now that I have had the time to go through the entire document (all 32 pages of it) I am curious - in the KIA casualty listings they have my Cpl Adrian (No. 11 on their listings), the one killed at the same time as 2/Lt Raingill, down as a Pte. Correct me if I am wrong - neither of their bodies were ever recovered were they and they were buried where they died out in the ulu.
Looking forward to more 'encouraging' comments in the future  ;D
Take care,
George,
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on April 30, 2018, 11:43:03 AM
Yes please rizal , the news is raising some  minor problems for me.
Apai TuaI George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on April 30, 2018, 11:16:25 PM
Ok George. But first I will have to learn how to insert the photos. I'm not so competent with the computers.

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on May 01, 2018, 04:53:14 AM
Reburial of Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers in the Heroes Grave in Kuching on 27 July 2011.


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Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on May 01, 2018, 10:32:39 AM
Regret to advise that there is only ONE being shown rizal; maybe you will need to print them all indivually[.
George
Title: rizalbob/ Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on May 01, 2018, 10:54:19 AM
rizabob,
The date appears to be July 2011 -  which  I received   years AGO ???

Looks as if you might need assistance or advice to send these.
George
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on May 01, 2018, 12:07:37 PM
Yes, I have tried to send in more photos but couldn't upload them. I do need help.

Rizal

rizabob,
The date appears to be July 2011 -  which  I received   years AGO ???

Looks as if you might need assistance or advice to send these.
George
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on May 04, 2018, 12:58:07 PM
The Heroes Grave where the 21 Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers were finally laid to rest on 27 July 2011.

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Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on May 04, 2018, 01:01:56 PM
The Epitaph

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Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on May 04, 2018, 01:08:08 PM
One of the heart- rending scene when the remains reached Kuching.


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Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on May 04, 2018, 11:12:02 PM
Regretfully, my plan to make a research in London did not materialised.

Rizal


Since the last item on this subject I have been in touch with the originator of the blog that started this subject off and, for everyones interest, here is his response:

Oh! Great! I'm in the process of making my research on the exploits of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers which will finally lead me to write a book on them.  I'm now digging whatever I could find in the archives of Sarawak Museum. Sometime in October 2009, I will be going to London to do more researches. I know, the War Museum there have plenty of records.

As you can read from my blog, the Government of Sarawak has agreed with my plan to bring all the remains of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers back to Kuching.

                           Lt Col Robert Rizal Abdullah (Retd)  Ex- Malaysian Rangers.

As Moderator George is the expert on the Sarawak Rangers no doubt we shall be able to make some small contribution to Rizal Abdullah's research.

Robert

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Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on May 05, 2018, 10:55:57 AM
A marvelous PLAN BUT like many such ideas failed  to materialize (regretably) - such is life !!
George
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on May 13, 2018, 12:37:37 PM
Dear Rizal,
Following straight on from Robert's quote's - you have disappeared again ?

Was it something I said?

George.
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on May 13, 2018, 12:45:12 PM
Dear Rizal,
You have  disappeared yet again ??? Straight after Robert's quote's ???

George.

Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on May 13, 2018, 12:48:07 PM
Sorry Apai Tuai George. These last few weeks we are very much preoccupied with our 14th General Election, in trying to find a suitable government for the people. Glad to say we have the government that we have wished for. Secondly, I am running out of topic that I can talk about. My book THE IBAN TRACKERS AND SARAWAK RANGERS 1948 - 1963 is near ready. I am trying to find sponsors to print the book including a translated version of my autobiography into Bahasa Malaysia.

Apai Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on May 13, 2018, 12:52:37 PM
By the way George, do you still keep the two-page write up you have on the door sign? I have given all to Sarawak Museum without keeping a photocopy!

Rizal
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: george.theshed197 on May 13, 2018, 01:00:45 PM
I will go and recheck my previous notes give me a few minutes.

George
Title: Re: Borneo Headhunters
Post by: rizalbob on May 13, 2018, 02:19:20 PM
Sometime in 2010 I helped made this documentary film on Iban Trackers entitled The Last Journey to Sarawak.

https://youtu.be/RSh4I_K12cQ