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ELIZABETH CROSS FOR MANCHESTERS MALAYA FALLEN
« on: August 14, 2009, 04:48:02 PM »
Honour for Malayan Emergency heroes
Deborah Linton

August 14, 2009

A VETERANS association is searching for the families of fallen soldiers eligible for a new military medal.

Hundreds of men from 1st Battalion The Manchester Regiment fought in the Malayan Emergency in the early 1950s.

Many were killed in the guerilla war between Commonwealth forces and communist militia between 1948 and 1960.

The Malayan Veterans Association now wants to trace the relatives of 14 fallen soldiers from Greater Manchester eligible for the Elizabeth Cross.

The silver medal was introduced by the government last month in recognition of personnel killed on operations or as a result of terrorism.

It follows a tradition of monarchs who have given their names to military honours.

Recognition

Tom Rodulson, of the Malayan Veterans Association, said: "A lot of the young lads who lost their lives were national servicemen and until the introduction of the Elizabeth Cross and scroll there was no recognition of what they did while they were out there.

"Today we've got Afghanistan and Iraq and medals have been presented to all those who have served in those campaigns. The Malayan Campaign was not classed as a war and all they had in recognition was the general service medal.

"This new award acknowledges the fact that they gave their lives for king and country and we want to ensure those eligible are honoured through their families."

The association wants to arrange a presentation at the home of the Manchester Regiment in Ardwick next year. Mr Rodulson said they hoped the regiment's colonel or the lord lieutenant would attend.

The fallen soldiers of 1st Batalion the Manchester Regiment are: Max Woodhead Raingill, Jim Broadbent, Ian Edward Fitzpatrick, Thomas Henry Patrick Arrands, William Bailey, Eric Buckley, Alexander Cooper, John Grady, Malcolm Harrison, Kenneth Hiscox, Terrence Kelly, Edward McGibbon, Richard Henry Smith and Thomas Traynor. Relatives can contact Mr Rodulson on 01733 266 573.



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Re: ELIZABETH CROSS FOR MANCHESTERS MALAYA FALLEN
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2009, 07:33:14 PM »
Hi there Tommy,
Long time no see, no hear, trust that you are in reasonably good health as also your good lady. We are both fine, moved down south Feb 2008 and are thoroughly enjoying it.Have made some brief contact with peoples from the past since coming on the forum but they seem to lack 'stamina or staying power' - whichever.
Was up in Manchester recently and managed to get to a ToL on July 8th to meet up with a few of the old crowd.
Keep in touch,
George.

PS A relative of BUCKLEY contacted me earlier this year, check back and you should find her email address, I will see if I can find and advise her to contact you re the EC.

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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2011, 11:00:09 PM »
Hi There, don't know if you will see this as it's a reply to an old topic. I was making enquiries about my Uncle, Eric Buckley some time ago. He was killed in Malaya in Feb 1952 and i would like some more info. Many thanks. Carole

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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2011, 01:29:03 PM »
Hi again Tommy,
Am back following my stroke in August, having  spotted this reference back a day or two ago - have we had as yet any success's relating to the early searches for the N.O.K. for any likely "Elizabeth Crosses" amongst the MVA's.?

My prime reason for the renewal reminds me that the N.O.K. of the late Cpl. Adrian anak Tandang, Sarawak Ranger, would also be entitled to receive the award which I consider would be very appropriate in view of the recent ceremonial return of the late Ibans and Sarawak Rangers. Will remind Robert Rizal on his return from Sarawak.

Which also brings me back to a query re the late Pte. John Grady, KIA 9th Jun 1952, formerly of B Coy - the late Capt. J. Heason was, if my memory serves me correctly, was a N.O.K. for him ?  Did he ever receive it?

Regards to all,
George.