Following the successes of the para-military Iban Trackers in the insurgency war in Malaya from 1948 till 1952, it was felt there was a need to reform them into a full-pledge military unit So at the end of 1952, they were reorganised into two experimental platoons. In March 1953, they officially became the Sarawak Rangers, which like all other military units was subjected to the Military Laws. They didn't disappoint. Almost immediately, in their first operation, they made their first contact with the CTs and had their first success. All these while I had been talking about the faceless Sarawak Rangers. We had heard of their exploits, the many bravery awards they had been bestowed with. Twenty one of them were killed during the 12 years of fighting from 1948 to 1960. Amazingly small numbers, bearing in mind that they were at the front most of any operations. They were just names only. Here I'm trying to give them the faces but sadly, most are nameless. There are no records available in Malaysia that I could use to identify each and everyone of them. I am hoping for the surviving members to help me identify their comrades.
NO. 1 PLATOON
THE SARAWAK RANGERS 1953