My experiences, thoughts and wisdom gained while serving in the Malaysian Armed Forces in particular the Malaysian Rangers.
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Held in High Esteem
One of the Ibans Royal Marine Commando
David Lagan and his Tracker Dog
Presentation of a Green Beret (RM Commando) to a Sarawak Ranger
by CO of 42 Cdo RM, Lt Col B.I.S Gourley, in Semenggo Camp,
Kuching in 1963. This soldier has just recovered from a wound.
An ex 40 and 42 Commando Royal Marines, David Lagan, stumbled into me in The Manchesters website where I'm a member. The Manchesters was one of the British Regiments where the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers were attached to during the First Emergency in Malaya 1948 - 1960. The site is my source of information. Indeed, the guys, like Apai George, who are ex Manchesters themselves have fond memories of the Ibans attached to them at that time.
David Lagan who was 18 years old then, was involved in the mopping up operation of the Brunei Rebellion in 1962, together with soldiers of the Sarawak Rangers.
The Royal Marine Commandos held the Iban soldiers in high esteem.
According to David Lagan, "The Ibans are a part of Commando folklore and are regarded as the loyalist comrades we ever worked with."
David Lagan wrote, " When the Commando Brigade left Malaya all the Ibans were presented with a green Beret. British Army personnel were not able to serve with the Commando Bde unless they had completed the Commando course. It says a lot about the esteem they were held in by the Brigade!"