Photos and Enquiries

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Enquiries from 2016. The latest at the top


Enquiry about Civilian War Graves Photos

 

Has anybody tried to get a replacement copy of the photograph of the grave of a relation who was buried at Muntok, Banka Island? The Dutch War Graves Authority made the photographs available in 1948. I believe my mother had a copy of her father's grave but we are unable to find the photo. My grandfather's grave and the graves of others buried at Muntok no longer exists as the cemetery at Muntok was built over. I have emailed the Netherlands War Graves Foundation to ask if they have the negatives of these photos in their archives but after several weeks I have still not received a reply. I have also contacted the CWGC and the War Graves Photographic Project to see if either organisation can help but unfortunately neither of them hold these photographs/negatives. I would be grateful to hear from anybody who has attempted to get a duplicate photograph of the grave of their relative or who can suggest another organisation that I could contact for help. Thank you.

 

Jenny Leeson
jenny@blueberry.me.uk



Enquiries from 2015. The latest at the top


General Yamashita's maps

 

I continue to try to find photos of the two maps noticed by my father in March 1942 on the walls of the square tower of the Sultan of Johore’s Istana Bukit Serene. I have tried many avenues but failed! I wonder if anyone reading this might offer help or even know where a photograph might be for I do know they were photographed at the time... My father, then Mr E.J.H. Corner, saw them in situ. Here is an extract from my book, published in Singapore in 2013. The window of the tower was shuttered but there were two small holes, as if whittled by bayonet, my father noticed, and through which Yamashita had trained his field-glasses on the Japanese assault. The square parapet had a view right over Singapore Island where the main hills were easy to identify, and on that clear day of the visit the town itself was visible.On the inside of the parapet there was a crude map, painted in charcoal; my father wrote painted in black, in broad lines of charcoal…, of this view over the island with the hills of Bukit Panjang, Bukit Mandai and Bukit Timah marked in Japanese characters. This was the route followed by Yamashita’s onslaught down the arterial (Mandai) road of Singapore. Could this charcoal map still be on the wall, painted or plastered over in the ensuing years…? Might anyone in the Istana have photographed it…that too has to be likely? On the west wall of the tower there was another map, about three feet by two, hung as a picture, on which was shown the plan of attack, the direct assault across the Straits (of Johore), the capture of Tengah airport, the drive down Bukit Timah Rd, the feints that would be set up, if required, on the beaches to the east and west of Singapore town, and that little onslaught on Pulau Ubin, near the Naval Base, which fooled General Percival,(The Marquis...).

If anyone has any information, however trivial it might seem, please contact me, John Corner

John Corner
astley22@bigpond.net.au


My Grandfather, William Dunbar Paterson FMSVF

I am enquiring about my Grandfather, William Dunbar Paterson who was lost at sea on the Ban Ho Guan in March 1942.  I am planning to visit Malaysia with my Father (William's son) in November and would like to visit where he lived / worked. As far as we know he was a planter or manager at a rubber plantation at Gula Estate, Perak.  We would really like to know if it still exists and if it is possible to visit. 
Thanks
Dean Morrison
dmorison@internode.on.net



Cecile Parrish, daughter of Renee Parrish and Ivor Edward Parrish
I am doing some research into the poetry of Cecile Parrish (died 1966 at the age of 27), the daughter of the Renee Parrish (1908 - 2005) and Ivor Edward Parrish (1905- 1990). Renee Parrish lived in Fort Avenue in Singapore until her death in 2005 at the age of 97. I believe she was an artist. Ivor was a chemist and was interned in Changi Gaol and Sime Road Camp where he was the camp optician. If anyone has any information on Cecile, Renee or Ivor, could you please contact me? 
Thank you. Kind regards 
Charmaine Pala

Eric John EVANS MRNVR

I am part of a group researching the history of Cleeve Prior, & I am looking for information about Sub-Lieutenant Eric John EVANS Malayan Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Died between 3rd September 1939 and 31st December 1947 Son of Mrs E. Evans, of Evesham, Worcestershire Commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon, England, Panel 98, Column 1. A letter from H. Lewis, Cleeve Prior Vicarage, Evesham, dated 29th April 1950 can be found within war records held at Worcestershire Archives requesting that Eric John Evans, Sub Lieutenant, Royal Malayan Navy be added to the county roll of honour. Appears on: Cleeve Prior War Memorial Hall WW2 -- shown as Lost at Sea



Ian Robinson
Robbie Robertson, Sungei Gapi Rubber Estate 1952-58

I'm coming over the Malaysia as part of my gap year and would love to visit my Grandfathers rubber estate near KL. I think it was called Sungi Gapi and he was there during the Emergency. I'd love to know if it still exists and if so how I could visit it? Thank you for your help. 



Enquiry about my father, Derrick Percival Speldewinde

I am trying to find out if my father  who enlisted in the Malayan Volunteers. I was told recently that my uncle Harold Speldewinde, recently deceased, and my father had both enlisted but were told at the fall of Penang to get out of uniform and blend into the local population for the duration of the conflict. My father went on to serve with Special Branch in Malaya during the Emergency and my uncle was also a decorated war veteran.

Roger Speldewinde





Regarding birth certificate and enquiry for Malaysian citizenship

My mother was born in Taiping Malaysia in the Year 1952. She has not obtained her birth certificate. In fact she has 4 more siblings of hers who were born before her in Malaysia and one sister in the year 1956. They left the country in 1956. How do I obtain the birth certificate? And will she be eligible for a Malaysian citizenship? What about her children? Will we get a citizenship even if they were born in another country? Ho do I get the birth certificate? Please help




Malay/Singapore planters 1911 - 1935

I am trying to find details of my Grandfather HAROLD WATSON. I have my mother's birth certificate, she was born in Singapore 1918;, her father (my grandfather) is recorded on the certificate as being a planter. Harold married in 1910 in Brighton UK. So he must have moved out to Singapore/Malaya after 1910. Any information or help in finding anything about Harold would be very much appreciated. Many thanks in anticipation. 
John Windibank




The Holmberg family

I am researching about the Holmberg ancestry. My grandfather Oswald Leonard Holmberg was born in 1918. He has 2 brothers and 1 sister. Their parents died young. So far I have came across information that some of the Holmbergs came from Ipoh/Penang. Any assistance you can provide would be most appreciated. Please contact me at rock_xanne@hotmail.com
Roxanne



Tiger Moths of the MVAF

I am looking for photos or descriptions of Tiger Moths of the MVAF. I would appreciate anyone who can supply them or point me to where I might find them.
Sincerely, 
David M. Knights



Bahau internees

I would like to know more about the experiences of the Eurasians who were 'interned' in Bahau (Negri Sembilan) during the Japanese occupation in 1943 to 1945 Very little was written about it and many survivors have now passed on.
 I would appreciate it if anyone could shed more light on this Camp. Please contact me on e-mail address below. Thanks.
Richard de  Souza 



Alexander Gow and Isabelle Simon and their family

Isabelle and Alexander were married in Ipoh in 1900. Isabelle's father, Charles Thompson Simon was the manager at the Marble quarries there about 1898-1900. I am trying to trace his death. His wife was Margueite Burke and I believe they married in Bangkok, so anything about that would be brilliant. Charles T Simon was in Singapore about 1870 and before that Penang under the care of Frenchman Leopold Chasseriau. I keep finding snippets, but am stuck as where to go to get answers. I do hope you can help. Thank You.
Gillean Miller




St George's Church, Penang

Further to my earlier enquiry about memorial plaques in preparation for the bicentenary of St George's Church, we are also interested in any pre-war interior photographs of the church that might portray the organ gallery above the west door, for example a family photograph of a bride walking down the aisle from the entrance.
Leslie A.K. James




History Of RMAF

I'm doing a research on the early formation of RMAF. Who mooted the idea of forming MVAF & is there any document to that effect? Thank you.
Maj Nor Ibrahim Bin Sulaiman RMAF (R)




William Edward Davis

I would like to know more about my cousin's involvement with the Malacca Volunteers during 1941-1942. His name was William Edward Davis and was known as Bill. He was married to Stella Rodrigues and had a son, Errol. I know he was with the Machine Gun Coy and was captured and died in Burma in 1943. If anyone has any further information, please get in touch.
Peter Underwood





My great grandfather and mother

I am trying locate some information about my great grandparents Edward and Maria/Marie/Mary McCallum. Their children were Edward (born in 1901) and Lily (born about 1904) were born in the Federation of Malay States, their child Hector is believed to have been born in Hong Kong. Their fourth child was born in Ireland. All the documentation I have found so far lists my great grandfather as "where abouts unknown" or lists my great grandmother as "widowed". I found an article in a news paper from Malaysia that states there was a divorce case. I am just trying to fill the gaps because no one seems to be able to find anything else on my great grandparents. Thank you for any help.
Lucia Wilson




Looking for information on my great grandparents.

My great grandmothers name was Grace Paul, and she arrived in Malacca from Ceylon in 1917/1918.She was in a relationship with a German Dr Kuhne. This union produced a child, my grandmother, who was born in 1919. The relationship did not last and my great grandmother went on to marry NB Mathias. My grandmother was adopted by NB Mathias and was known as NB Kusalawati. My grandmother later had 5 half brothers and sisters from Grace Paul's marriage to NB Mathias. The family left for Singapore just before the war. If anyone has any information at all about these people, it would be so greatly appreciated. Thank You.
Nicoleen Simon


William Percy Newth Handover

William Percy Newth, born in London 26.9.1889 but due to unknown circumstances was 'adopted' into the Handover family whilst still a small child. William traveled widely but his home was in Malaya and he worked for Dunlop Rubber as a plantation manager at Sungei Nipah. William died aged 34 on 25.2.1924. Any information would be very gratefully received. He was by 'adoption' my great-uncle.
Clare Reeves (nee Handover)



Cameron Highlands photos & maps

 

Presently I am working on a Project on the Cameron Highlands with Universiti Malaya, for the Faculty of Built Environment, in Malaysia. The Project is on the changes which have affected Cameron Highlands through the years. Cameron Highlands has been overdeveloped and the objective of the study is to keep an equilibrium so as not to lose the character of Cameron Highlands entirely. The intention of Cameron Highlands was that people could retire there for a while for relaxation or health reasons. What we are looking for under this project are old photographs of buildings or of the area of Cameron Highlands. Maps of the area would also be very helpful. A source would be with people who have been there or lived there and made photographs. Like British veterans from the 2nd World War or British civilians.

Thank you very much.

Dr. Robert C. M. Weebers
robertcmweebers@gmail.com


Malacca Volunteers

 

My cousin, William Edward Davis was a Corporal with the Malacca Volunteer Corps. He was captured by the Japanese and ended up on the Thai Burma Railway where he died in Songkurai in 1943. I am writing up his story for Family History purposes. Would anyone be able to help in telling me if the Malacca Volunteers were engaged in any battle and if they retreated into Singapore or were cut off and forced to surrender in Malacca. I would like to know more about my cousin's involvement with the Malacca Volunteers during 1941-1942. He was known as Bill. He was married to Stella Rodrigues and had a son, Errol. I know he was with the Machine Gun Company. If anyone has any further information, please get in touch.

 

Peter Underwood
foxglove15@btinternet.com


History of the Royal Malaysian Air Force

 

I'm doing a research on the early formation of RMAF. Who mooted the idea of forming MVAF & is there any document to that effect? Thank you.

 

Maj Nor Ibrahim Bin Sulaiman RMAF (R)
nibsny@yahoo.com


Enquiries before 2014, latest enquiry at the top


Escape from Blakan Mati - Cpl. P. G. Clarke Selangor Btn., FMSVF

I am researching the escape of Corporal P. G.( or P.J.) Clarke (pre 1941 described as Euro reporter, Federal Council, and post War the Assistant Commissioner for Roads, Malaya) of the FMSVF from the island of Blakan Mati ( now Sentosa in Singapore ) on 16.2.42 after the Surrender “ ... with eight others (including L/Cpl. Bobby Peacock, CA, Accounts dept., Guthries Ltd. , Singapore) ... in a leaky lifeboat ... with four oars.. their goal was Sumatra... “ [ source is the diary of Charles Thornton Selangor Btn and also Guthries Ltd] both men reached Bombay and Peacock apparently reached Sydney. I am trying to identify who were the other men in the lifeboat and what happened to them. Any information would be valued.

Michael Pether, Auckland, New Zealand
mncpether@xtra.co.nz


Johore Planter 1930s Clarence Edward Binns 

I'm looking for some information of my grandfather's life in Malaya. He planted at Ulu Remis Plantation in Layang-layang Johore during the 1930s. If anyone has got photographs or any kind of information about him or the estate where he was working kindly contact me. Your kind assistance wil be highly appreciated. Thank you.

Raja Segran
brett_1919@yahoo.com 

 


Jack Armstrong (John Ryan on official documentation)

 

Did anyone know Jack Armstrong an engineer who worked /lived in Sandakan North Borneo from 1950 till sometime in the 60s after he was taken ill. He returned to the UK and lived for a short time in Wiltshire, then moved to Gosport in Hampshire. Sadly he died in 1966. I am trying to trace him as he was my stepfather and my Mother has now passed away. so any information would be really valuable to me. Unfortunately I do not know the company he worked for in Borneo.

Jane Kirby 
patchysjk@gmail.com 

 


Information about my great grandmother Elizabeth Rodrigues, Singapore

 

I am looking for information about my great grandmother Elizabeth Rodrigues, she was an Eurasian lady and had her daughter in 1919. She was married to a British RAF serviceman. They were both bayoneted by the Japanese. If anyone knew them, please email me.

Joanne Carolyn Conceicao

conceicaojcarolyn@yahoo.com.sg 

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Tracing family history

My great grandmother  Mrs Mary Edgar aged 31 and her daughter Majorie E Edgar aged 7 left Liverpool 1937, both were natives of Northern Ireland to join husband/father in the Federated Malay States. They landed at Penang. Marjorie speaks little of her time there except to say her father was shot in the back trying to evacuate the hospital when the Japanese invaded. He was known as David Edgar and was an Army Officer. Marjorie does mention a lovely house with a child minder, servants, etc. I was told that she and her mother saw some terrible sights so they may have been in a camp, however, they both ended up in Australia and eventually made their way back to London and then returned to Ireland in the 1960s. I would be grateful for any information.

Many thanks

Julie Morris

julieeggar@yahoo.co.uk

 

HMS Kedah

I am researching my family tree and trying to find information regarding my Aunt Dorothy Brewster who I understand left Singapore aboard the HMS Kedah along with her two sons.

Thanks. Tony Dow

tonydow339@me.com 

 

Note: IN our MVG records we have BREWSTER. Mrs Dorothy wife of CQMS W.G.G. Brewster, Gordon Highlanders POW. Evacuated aged 28 on the Duchess of Bedford with sons James Scott, aged 4 and William, aged 2, arriving Liverpool 4.4.42 to Downpatrick, Co. Down.

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Royce Douglas Hawkesworth Chava

I am trying to trace any relations I might still have living. My father was born in Ceylon in 1909 in Kandy. I believe his family went to live in Java before the Second World War. His father was a tea planter. Father's name was Richard T Chava and mother was Ann Mary Hawkesworth. I believe that there were other siblings as my father was the younger son. The last my father heard, the family was in Java.

Margaret Rushworth

rushie01@optusnet.com.au 

 


 

Patrick Campbell Fisher  MSVR 1915, RAOC FEPOW 


I am trying to find information about Patrick Campbell Fisher who was manager of Spynie Rubber Plantation in the Perak region.Does anyone know where he was imprisoned by the Japanese or have any info about him at all please?
He managed to get his wife and daughters Janet, Jean and Paddy out on Charon and stayed to fight. He was captured and survived the war but never spoke of his experiences. I would love to be able to fill in some gaps for future generations. Thank you for your help.

Sarah Ariss



Thomas M(a)cMurdo-Spencer

My mother born 1923 to a Siamese mother. She was orphaned in 1935. Raised in Catholic convent in Ipoh. and was later interned by the Japanese. Her father was Thomas M(a)cMurdoch-Spencer (Spenser?)
I am trying to trace  the family tree.

Anne Carter



 Malacca Volunteer Force records: Pte Lee Kum Moon 4SSVF

My late father served in the Malacca Volunteer Force during the Second World War. He passed away in 1958 when I was just 14 years of age. I remember him telling me that the CorpS was mobilised and dispatched to Singapore in 1941 just after he got married to my mom. He reportedly walked and made his way  back to Malacca after the fighting stopped. I remember he had some medals after the war but they were unfortunately lost after he passed away.
My children and I are now in the midst of compiling a family history and I will like to seek your assistance for any information of his service in the MVF, the battalion he served in (4th Battalion) and also if you have any pictorial records.
My father's name :   LEE KUM MOON. (surname LEE) He was 24 years of age in 1941.
Thank you for your kind attention and assistance.

E.C.Lee




.John Willibold Meiers FMSVF Armoured Cars 


I would love to find some information and/or photos about John Willibold Meiers.  According to some family letters, he worked on a tin dredge in Malaya [Malayan Tin Dredging, Batu Gajah]  and then joined the Malayan Volunteers when war broke out.  He served with the Armoured Car Regiment  He worked on the Burma Railway, only to die just before liberation.  Our family records state he died on the Mergui Road Party, 8 August 1945, at 31 years, but official records say he died in June 1945.  
Any assistance would be gratefully received.
Sonya 



Kobus/ Reid Family

I have been on the Malayan  Volunteers Group Website and have found a message from Vincent Elgey.
I believe that there is connection with his family and my mother. I am currently tracing the history of my Grandmother  Clara Henrietta Fredericka Kobus, who was born in 1909 in Sumatra.
She married a Lieutenant, James M Burke of the 32nd FIeld Hospital,  Royal Army Medical Corps in 1940 at the Garrison. Her father was Dirk A Kobus but was deceased at the time of her marriage.
My Mother was born in Singapore in 1940. Her name was Marie Burke and the Reid family were her cousins. 
They were evacuated to Australia on Orion and my Grandfather was put into a Japanese Prisoner of War camp and survived. The Burke family later returning to England.
I am interested in finding information on my Grandmother - Clara, any relatives and any information connected with the Reid Family. Also any information on my grandfather James
Burke as an RAMC POW.

 

 

 

Neva Irene Helmrich Miles

 

I am seeking information and photos of my grandmother,Neva Irene Helmrich (later Miles). My grandmother and her parents lived in Malim Nawar. My great grandfather was Arthur Edward Helmrich and my great grandmother Priscilla Helmrich. My grandmother's family and her husbands family were all involved in the tin mines. My grandmother was evacuated from Singapore. Any information would be gratefully received.

DCaldere

dcaldlan@gmail.com



Fate of relatives P.J. Madge [FMSVF] & R. Madge [civilian internee]


My uncle Patrick John Madge and Great Uncle Raymond Madge were captured by the Japanese when Singapore fell. I would be grateful to receive any information of their fate (POW Camps, Date of Capture and release etc). I look forward to hearing from you. 


Patrick Armitage

tarjaarmitage@btinternet.com



My grandfather Alfred Gee, Malayan mining engineer


I am seeking information about Alfred Gee, my mother's father. My Grandfather worked in (perhaps owned) a tin mine in Malaya in the late 19th/early 20th century. My mother, who was conceived during his infrequent trips home, was born on July 30th 1901. I have a photograph of my Grandfather taken in the Federal Photographic Studio, No. 39 Sultan Street, Kuala Lumpor (numbered 6170). I can email a copy if this helps. I would very much appreciate any information. I had a photo of him on his yacht out here but unfortunately that is lost. 


Owen Christopher Pegg

owenpegg@sympatico.ca



Raymond Hugo Clibborn


I am looking for information on my great uncle Hugo, born 1910, who is believed to have lived in Malaya from 1932 until the Japanese invasion. He is the brother in law of Neil George Ferguson who was a captain in the Malayan Volunteers and in Johore in 1942. Hugo was an ex-merchant sailor, died a bachelor in 1960 and family history says that he was in either tin or rubber. We don't know if he became a Volunteer during his time in Malaya. He is believed to have been sunk twice during the Japanese invasion of the Far East. We don't know whether he was on board as a civilian or had re-enlisted in the navy at the time of the evacuation. Any information would be gratefully received. 


Jenny Davies 

jenny.davies11@yahoo.co.uk


Singapore evacuees Helen Wills & George Wills


I am trying to find out more information about my mother's evacuation from Singapore with her brother and aunt, uncle (Livingstone) and 2 cousins. Her name was Helen Wills and her brother, George Wills. I believe they were on board one of the last ships to leave Singapore and they ended up in South Africa. Many thanks.


Karen Williams

karenwilliams@live,co.uk


Any information about Hitam bin Ja'afar 4FMSVF [Pahang Battalion]


In December 1941 Hitam bin Ja'afar left home for training in Kuala Kubu Baru. I understand he was in the transport company. Just before the Japanese landed in Kota Baru, Kelantan, the following year the Batallion was moved in a convoy through Gua Musang to Kota Baru to intercept the Japanese. He was said to have driven a truck of soldiers; but when before they reached Kota Baru the Japanese had landed and the Battalion was commanded to return south and go to Singapore which was already under Japanese attack. By the time the Forces arrived Bahau in Negeri Sembilan, the Japanese had taken over Singapore and the British Forces were about to surrender. The Battalion at Bahau was demobbed, and the Volunteers were ordered to return to their hometowns on their resources. They were allowed to take with them weapons for their protection. Hitam bin Ja'afar with his company, said to be led by Hamid Bidin, went into the jungle towards Rompin and Pekan. The company split into small groups. Hitam bin Ja'afar and his group joined forces in the jungle fighting the Japanese. He did not reach home in Mentekab, Pahang, until weeks after the surrender of the Japanese and the return of the British in Pahang in 1946. He never related to any member of his family as to what happened to him between the time he was called to Kuala Kubu Bharu in 1941 and his return to Mentekab in 1946. He was given the Pacific Medals which he quietly discarded soon after receiving them. He passed away in 1998. I would appreciate it very much if any of his friends or superiors would be able to shed some light on those dark days in the life of Haji Hitam bin Ja'afar's. May I wish the MVP sucess in making the struggle for the independence of Malaysia as meaningful and colourful as it has been.


Mohd Yusof bin Hitam, PSM, DIMP, JMN,PPM, MCS/JPM 

dm.yusof@hotmail.com


Roderick Boe Stuart


My Grandad was in the Malayan Emergency conflict during the 1950s. I know there was a pictures of him at  one of the Sultan of Johore's parties. I would love any photos or memories that anyone can recall. He came from Inverness and served in the 11th Hussars. He may have been known as Rod.  My nana Sheila was also there, My grandparents often went to Raffles Hotel. It is really sad because no one knows who his birth mother is! If someone could email us back with any information that would be great.


Thanks

Natasha Condy

natashaa-ox@hotmail.com


Civilian Internees - Muntok - Palembang - Loebok Linggau


I am trying to find out Information regarding the Reid Family who were internees at the following camps from 1942 onwards : Muntok - Palembang - Loebok Linggau The family consisted of Mrs Marie Reid, her 5 children and her mother Mrs Kobus, Erica, Jane, James, Dirk, Roy All the family survived the camp apart from Mrs Kobus. Jane Reid later to be married and take the name Jane Elgey is my mother, she is now in 83yrs old and wishes to find if there are any other survivors of the camps mentioned still alive who she may contact. Jonathan Moffatt has kindly passed my details onto a number of people already and also sent me some interesting documents pertaining to my Grandfather who managed to escape Singapore and reach Perth Australia, which I've passed to my mother Jane. She's also asked about the "Mata Hari" as this was the ship the family attempted to escape Singapore on and were eventually captured on. I myself am also interested in any information that anyone might have on the Reid Family before the war, as I was very young when my Grandfather died and know very little about the Reid families life in Malaya. Thank you in advance to anyone who can help and should they wish to contact me or my mother about the please feel free to. 

Kind regards


Vincent Elgey 

sunscream@rotmail.com


Edward Clyne FMSVF


I am looking for any information about a relative of mine, Edward Clyne. At one time he was the manager of the Rosevale Estate in Selangor, and during the Second World War served in 2nd (Selangor) Battalion FMSVF. He survived both the war and the railway, and returned to Selangor after the war. Any information that anyone has would be most welcome. 


Tim Sewell 

timsewell99@gmail,com 

 

 

Missing memorials in St George's Church, Penang

 

St. George's Church in Penang, the oldest Anglican church built in SE Asia, is preparing to celebrate its bicentenary in 2019. While many historic memorials in the church were lost or destroyed during the Second World War, several post-war plaques and memorial inscriptions have disappeared from the church in recent years. If anyone has photographs showing the the church interior or other records that might help identify the missing memorials, please let me know.

 

Leslie A K James (lakjames@gmail.com

 

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Kanchanaburi War Grave

 

I have a photo of a war grave at Kanchanaburi in Thailand. The soldier in question has my mothers maiden name and i am looking to see if he is a relative. the details are as follows : PRIVATE W.D.CAMP NO/ 5835466 CAMBRIDGESHIRE REGIMENT DATE OF DEATH 30TH NOVEMBER 1943 AGE 34 YEARS. If you could help me i would be very grateful regards 

 

Mrs Hazel Hoyle (hazelhoyle@hotmail.co.uk)

 

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Civilian evacuees captured in Sumatra

 

Greetings! My grandparents George Basil Warburton Gray and Ruth Gray were civilian evacuees on the Mata Hari that was subsequently captured and the passengers imprisoned on Bangka Island and then Palembang in Sumatra. My grandmother Ruth survived the war and returned to Malaya (Port Dickson), but my grandfather George died in captivity. My great Aunt Marjory Gray was, I believe, also captured on the Mata Hari and she likewise died in captivity in Sumatra. Marjory was the wife of French Eric Anderson Gray who was a civilian internee at Sime Road camp in Singapore, where he died in captivity. My father was Donald StGeorge Warburton Gray of Ulu Remis Estate, Layang Layang Johore, who was on home leave in Tasmania at the time of the Jap invasion. He subsequently enlisted and was sent to Ceylon and India for special operations training with the Inter Services Liaison Department (MI6), in a section commanded by another ex-Malayan planter, Boris Hembry. My father was subsequently parachuted into Malaya (in a blind drop near Ipoh) in January 1945 with a group of agents. His group's drop was spotted by the Japs, but the group was just able to escape capture with the help of local chinese who led the group to join up with another group in the jungle. My father received a Mentioned in Despatches award for gallantry and, after the war, returned to planting with Guthries at Linggi Estate, near Rantau in Negri Sembilan, until he retired to Sussex in 1959. Can anyone tell me, is there in existence somewhere a comprehensive list of the civilian evacuees from Malaya who were held in captivity in Bangka or Sumatra (both those who died in captivity and those who survived)? If so, can you point me towards where I can obtain a copy of such a list? Thank you to all the people who have contributed information to the very worthwhile Malayan Volunteers Group Web site. 

 

Kind regards, Robert Gray 

rgraywa@bigpond.com

 

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Donald Vanrenen

 

I am trying to discover where my father, Donald Vanrenen, was imprisoned during the war. Donnie was manager of Rubana Estate near Teluk Anson and friends with Mamie and Andy Robertson, Bob & Helen Milner-Moore and and Doreen and Bill McLaughlin among others. My mother, Anne, & I along with Helen Milner-Moore and Doreen McLaughlin and their children, escaped to Australia in Dec.'41/January '42. I believe my father was captured soon after the fall of Singapore. We have discovered a lot about his brother, Frank, in the past year but nothing about him. I'd be grateful for any news of him during the war years if there is anyone still living who might have known/met/ been imprisoned with him. Thank you. 

 

Philippa (Pippa) Schmiegelow (nee Vanrenen)

schmiegelow@powergate.ca

 

 

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Sgt later Lieutenant Robert George Vergette MSVR later attached to Singapore Volunteer Corps

 

 My Grandfather Robert George Vergette was a member of the Colonial Auxiliary Forces in around 1927 - I know no details about his service, or when it started or ended. If there is any way that you could help me - perhaps by just pointing me at the right location to look, I would be very grateful Thanks in advance 

 

Mark Humphreys 

mark.humphreys@jhc.co.uk 

 

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St John B Jonklaas and Walter O J Jonklaas 

 

I'm trying to trace any pictures or information regarding my Grand Uncles, both of whom died during WWII at the hands of the Japanese. Also of interest is what happened to Sinjun's wife Catherine 'Kate' Jonklaas. 

 

James J Jonklaas 

james.jonklaas@bigpond.com

 

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 Jennifer Rouse and Segma Tobacco Estate 

 

I was born in Kuching on 13th December 1947. My father (Henry "Patsy" Church Ward) worked on The Segama Estate which was a tobacco estate near Lahad Datu. Also on the estate was Yvonne Rouse, who gave birth to a daughter, Jennifer, on the same day ie. 13th December 1947. The Rouses left Borneo and, as far as I've been able to track down, went to live in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in the early 1950s. I'd like to find Jennifer who was my playmate at the Segama Estate from 1947 to 1954. 

 

My father, Henry Church Ward, went to British North Borneo to work for Imperial Tobacco on the Segama Estate in 1934. He was interned by the Japanese at Lintang Camp in Kuching and was released in September 1945. He went to Australia and married Olive Emily Delohery in December 1945 and returned with her to the Segama Estate. They had 4 daughters while they were living on the estate. They left in 1954. I'd like to know something about the history of the estate. I've learned that it was the Darvel Bay Syndicate taken over by Imperial Tobacco in 1934. Was it closed down when the English were interned? When was it taken over by the Chinese? Why was it closed down in 1960? 

 

Annette Minter (nee Ward)

 annetteminter.minter@com.au 

 

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George Rettie Burns - attempting to find where he is buried 

 

We are attempting to find out where George Rettie Burns is buried. He is my husband's father and my husband was at boarding school in England when his father died and his mother never discussed his father's death nor advised of his burial ground. We are due to visit Borneo and surrounding areas in September of this year and are desparate to find out this information as my husband wants to pay his last respects to his father by attending his grave. We would be grateful if anyone could give us information regarding George if they remember him or have knowledge of him. We have a copy of an obituary in the Aberdeen grammar School Magazine which states that George Rettie Burns born 8th December, 1912 in Rangoon educated at Aberdeen University, Scotland -died aged 48 at Tawau, North Borneo on 19 May, 1960 He was appointed to one of Thomas Barlow Bros, Malayan Rubber Estates in 1935 and worked there until the outbreak of war with Japan. He was a member of the FMSVF and escaped with a party of sixty-six others just before Singapore fell to the Japanese. The escapees had a 50 foot launch powered by twin diesel engines. they had no navigator, charts or tide tables, etc their only aids being a school map of the East Indies (1inch=100miles) and a pocket compass. They had only a slight knowledge of the inner minefields and no knowledge at all of the outer fields. They succeeded eventually in reaching Sumatra, when Burns went by Dutch ship to Java and then to Perth, WA. While in Australia he served for a short time with the U.S. Navy at Fremantle. He later worked his passage as an engineer on a Norwegian boat to Freetown, Sierra Leone, arriving there in August, 1942. He later moved to Tanga West Africa. Burns returned to Malaya after the war. For some time following 1949 he was in business at Seremban, Negri Sembilan, and Malaya and for the last few years was in Borneo. We have a hand written copy of a log George wrote as they escaped which is very interesting and precious to my husband. 

 

Katie Burns 

kateburns@nhs.net

 

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  Ian Greig Maitland, Kedah Volunteer Force to FMSVF

 

 

I wish to find more information on my father Ian Greig Maitland who was a planter in Kedah & Perak [Sabrang Rubber Estate, Telok Anson then Badenoch Estate] and played cricket for Perak. He served in the Kedah Volunteer Force then FMSVF Armoured Car Regiment and also a POW of the Japanese. He was sent to Thailand with D Battalion on October 12th 1942. Ian Maitland is survived by his five adult children who are very interested in any information on him and his fellow Volunteers. I have obtained a copy of the book "Bamboo Doctor" and would like to take this further. 

Kind regards and respect

Sue Davies (nee Maitland)

suedav@worldonline.co.za 

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Artwork painted by Desmond Bettany as a Changi POW 

Hi all, Just to let you know that dad painted well over 300 images in Changi, which we have now put onto a website. This includes 100 theatre programs and inserts with actors names; a page a caricatures and portraits and many more. The site is www.changipowart.com 

Keep up the fantastic work.

Keith Bettany, Australia

keithbettany@internode.on.net

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Birth Certificate 

I am having trouble tracing my birth record. GRO tell me they cannot find it, even though I obtained a passport many years ago with a copy which I think came from Somerset House. Do you have any idea who I should contact? I was born in Kuching, Sarawak in 1947 of British parents (my father was District Officer there for 6 years) Thank you very much in advance! 

Liz Brynin (nee Waine) 

lizbrynin@care4free.net

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Sergeant Keyt

I am researching Operation Minerva, a landing by five men on the south coast of Sumatra on 20 December 1942. Having been delivered by Dutch Navy Catalina, they were never seen nor heard from again. Three were British officers (one RAF, two Army) and one was a Malayan Chinese sergeant who had been recruited in Hong Kong. I have identified and researched those four, but the fifth is a complete mystery. All I know about him is the entry "SERGEANT KEYT" in the aircraft passenger manifest. At a guess, he was the radio operator, but this is only a guess. The surname Keyt appears in Malaya, Singapore, Ceylon, India and the UK, so it is proving difficult to pin him down. Can anyone help to identify this man, please?

 David Miller 

petard249@btinternet.com

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 Husband's birth certificate 

I am searching for my husbands birth certificate and am at a loss as to where to search. He was born in Perak North Taiping on the British Army Base to an Australian Officer and His Australian wife on the 25th May 1956. I have all the hospital notes on his birth but do not have his birth certificate which our children need. Please can you help me or direct me to somewhere where we can get a copy of his birth certificate. His parents are elderly and only tell us that he has three nationalities, British, Australian and Malaysian. I would be grateful if you could help me in any way. 

Regards 

Kim Rickards 

kim.rickards@gmail.com

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Diamond Jubilee Rubber Estate & James Taylor

 I'm researching my family history and am looking for any information and/or photos from 1923 - 1942 in relation to the Diamond Jubilee Estate which my Grandfather, James Taylor, managed. As far as I can ascertain he was the manager at the Tamok Estate, Mergui when he married my Grandmother in 1923. At some point after then he became the manager at the Diamond Jubilee Estate. My late Mother, Frances Jean Gibson Taylor, went to school in the Cameron Highlands. I don't know the name of the school but if anyone has info regarding this I would love to hear from them. 

Patricia Purdom

 patpurdom@googlemail.com

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Information about my late uncle 

My uncle Company Quarter Master Sergeant Alexander Scott Anderson F.M.S.V.F. was killed in Singapore in February 1942. I understand he was a rubber planter but I do not know where. As a starting  point are there any service records I can access on-line?

 Ann Walker 

ann@2samoas.co.uk

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 Singapore residents 1930s/1940s 

 I am seeking information on Mr Harold William Leyden, Mrs Denezia Matthews [nee  Light) & daughters  Rossie Matthews , Winifred Matthews , Elaine Matthews , Ivy Matthews. Thank you.

Eleanor Leyden

keesel@summit.net.au

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 Tracing My Great Grandfather George Green

 Tracing my Great Grandfather All I know of my great grandfather was that he was a British based in Sabah and was captured during WWII. His name was George Green. I was told that he worked on the Sabah Railway and was evacuated to Labuan immediately during the 2nd war, got married in Labuan Sabah. Details may not be accurate. Any information about this is much appreciated. Thanks.

Nelly Green

nelly.green@sabah.gov.my

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Federated Malay States Volunteer Force 1st Perak Battalion

Wilfred Stokes was my uncle and died on the 6th August 1944 Labuan, Borneo. I am trying to do a family tree and want to know if  he had any relatives and the circumstances of his death.

 Laura Selfe

 royandlaura@tadaust.org.au

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 Looking to find more information on a Dan Daniel Wright, Kedah Volunteer Force

I'm currently working to compile some family history on my grandfather Richard Barry Duke, who died as a prisoner of war in 1943. He was in the Kedah Volunteer Force. I'm trying to find more info on his friend Dan Wright who was a volunteer with him. I believe he survived the war and was originally from Durham England? Married to Hannah? I have amazing letters he wrote to my grandmother about my grandfather and about the night he died. I would love to see if he has any living grandchildren.  

Kind regards

Jenni Barry Duke

 jennibarryduke@eircom.net

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Information re. 13534 Corporal Roy Alexander MOULTON  FMSVF 

Any information regarding Roy Moulton in Changi Prison or on Burma-Thai Railway. Roy died Friday 28th April 1944 aged 34. (Note:- Also a Photo of Grave / A Cross with date 28/2/44 ). I have some basic information about his life in Malaya prior to War, but very little after that except photos of the grave at Kanchanaburi and a photograph of his unit, the FMSVF. 

Roy.G. Moulton

rcmoult@bigpond.com

 

 Aaron Victor Cohen, Tapah, Perak 1920s.  

Can you help me I have been researching my family tree, I cannot find my uncle Aaron Victor Cohen, born in Manchester 1901. He always used the name Victor or Vic. It was said in the family, that he went down with his ship. After many searches this was found not to true.  I have now found a photograph of him in tropical white suit with this address on the back,

TAPAH, PERAK F.S.M. (dated 6th October 1921)

Could any of your members help? They might have known him or know  what happened to him.

Norma Nurney 

norma.nurney@talktalk.net

 

John Dickenson

 

I am trying to trace my Great Grandfather John Dickenson who was a Tea planter I'm not too  sure where we think Burma between 1890-1940. The surname Dickenson could have been spelt Dickinson or Dickerson.  I haven't got much more information and would be grateful for any help.

Karen Allan

mj.a@blueyonder.co.uk

 

Reginald de Payen DALLIN  

I have a medal in my collection to a Lt Reginald de Payen DALLIN. His WW1 medal index card shows that he was a Pte in the Malaya Volunteer Rifles (Reg No. 1502). Later Commissioned in to Durham Light Infantry. He was a planter in Negri Sembilan.  How can I find out about his service in the Malaya Volunteer Rifles? 

Thanks, David Jones

dajones258@btinternet.com

 

Rupert Faulkner (Mick)Vaughan

I am looking for information on my great great uncle who was captured by the Japanese in North Borneo(Kuching).  He was an accountant with the British Borneo Timber Company, Sandakan. He must have been a fair age by the time he was released ( I have been told that he had a local girlfriend who use to feed him through the wire at the prison camp]. After the war he visited his sister Mrs Wheeler in New Zealand but returned to Borneo. Any information about him would be good

Jill Erridge

jill.bruce2@bigpond.com

 

George 'Ginger' Anderson KVF

Could anyone please assist us. We are trying to trace details of George (Ginger) Anderson, a rubber planter of Kuala Muda Estate, Sungi Patani, Kedah, who fought against the Japanese until his capture. He subsequently survived the Burmese Railway, and after the war, returned with his family to the estate. We believe he was a member of the KVF. He was married to Margaret (Meg) Anderson  who, we believe, was evacuated from Singapore on the SS Duchess of Bedford Any news or comments would be greatly appreciated Thank you 

Michael & Eileen Jowett

emjhardy@gmail.com

 

Evacuees in 1942from Singapore to Bombay:  Le Cain and Kronenburg 

I am writing the biography of Errol Le Cain, the illustrator and artist, who was evacuated with his mother, grandmother and maybe his aunts just before the Japanese invasion of Singapore, in February 1942.  Errol was a baby of 11 months. If you remember Minnie Le Cain or her mother Mrs Kronenburg, I would be very grateful to hear from you. We do not know the vessel, though it might have been the FELIX ROUSSELL. They landed in Bombay and went on to spend the war years in Agra. Thank you very much.

Denyse Tessensohn

puterim@gmail.com

Webb Family 

In 1942 I was evacuated to a manor house[the hostel] in Bilborough, Yorkshire, where fellow evacuees were a Mrs Webb, daughter Dawn and son Tyrone from Malaya.Two older sons went to Australia, one called Lance. Mr Webb, manager of a tin mine, [likely J.P. Webb of Kepong Tin who was interned in Changi] stayed behind. Any news of this family. After the war I went with my family to Australia where I still am. Pleased to hear from anyone on this.

Regards 

Tony Maw

amaw8@bigpond.com 

 

OPIUM PACKING PLANT, SINGAPORE 1933

This photo was sent in by Caroline Goulden. Her grandfather, J.R. 'Dicky' Pyper MC is seated 4th from right. Any other identities welcome.

Certainly two of the Europeans are very likely to be Percival Wilbraham & John Salter who were Engineers at the Opium Packing Plant 

 

 

 

Caroline also sent in this photo of HM CUSTOMS STAFF, PENANG staff 1938. Again, any comments or identities welcome. 

 

 

 

Wilson Home Morrison [1882-1973] seen at the back of this late 1920s family photo, came to Malaya from New Zealand as a Surveyor, but by 1907 was Acting Manager, the Pulai Syndicate. Ipoh and went on to numerous tin mining appointments & consultancies in Malaya, Siam & Burma. He also managed various rubber estates.  He was Proprietor Planter, Gunong Panjang  Estate, Perak from 1912 into the 1950s, living at 140 then 54 Gopeng Rd, Ipoh. He must have been the oldest Malayan Volunteer POW, serving as a L/Cpl in 45 Reserve MT Company FMSVF. He survived the Thailand Burma Railway and returned to Malaya until 1953.

His granddaughter would welcome any information about him and particularly relating to his first wife Florence Mary who was killed by bandits in the 1920s.

 

Joe Giles [1920-1944] came to Singapore in 1938 to work for Singapore Cold Storage, Orchard Rd. He joined the Singapore Royal Artillery Volunteer Battery. In 1940 he became a rubber planter [Bukit Asahan Estate, Malacca] and married Hetty Butler-Madden. He joined the Malacca Volunteers [4SSVF] and was a Colour Sgt HQ Wing. He was a POW in Singapore then he was sent to  Batu Lintang camp, Kuching, Borneo with E Force in March 1943. Hetty & baby daughter Patricia [born 1941] were evacuated on the Felix Roussel to India. Joe was in the POW group sent to Labuan in June 1944. There were no survivors from this group. Joe died in captivity 6.8.1944 aged 24. 

His daughter Patricia would welcome any recollections of him.

Joseph & Hetty Giles 

 

 

This photo was sent in by MVG member Peter Windsor. It includes his father, Major [later Lt Colonel] E.P. Windsor [front row, 5th left with walking stick]. The photo was taken at Port Dickson c.1940 and we think shows the Officers of 3FMSVF. Any identities welcome. 
Penang Volunteers
 
MVG member Marsha Anson sent us this late 1930s photo of a section of 3SSVF Volunteers including her father, P.F. Kavanagh who is holding up the sign.
Although the sign states no.7 section, we believe the photo shows B [MG]Company, no.6 platoon, No.6 section: Ptes A.M.R. Currie, E.G. Gardiner, P.F. Kananagh, E.M. Scoular & J.C. Matheson. The Sgt is presumably Platoon Sgt H.F. Clements. Any confirmation of identities would be welcome.

The Rafting Party
 
MVG member Anne Scott sent us this wonderful rafting party photo which was taken in the late 1930s. Anne explains: 'The River Bernham in Selangor ran through Escot, my father Mark John Kennaway's estate, and for many years rafting parties here were a great feature of Escot entertainment. A xollection of rafts, one each for two persons, were waiting for us at a point on the riverside on the estate and people gently moved downstream for about three miles to Tanjong Malim where the party ended with a curry lunch at the Tanjong Malim Club.
   
I've identified all but one of those on the photo - perhaps someone can recognise the young man on the left - likely to be a young planter in the Selangor/Perak district.'

 

Those identified:
[back row, standing, left to right: Anthony Huxtable, Bernard Lucy, Peter Lucy, George Callard, Mark John Kennaway.    
front row, left to right: unidentified; Jim Landon, Violet Mackilligan, Thyra Godber nee Landon; Pen Landon, Bill Lucy. 

 

Malacca Swimming Club Christmas Party: some time ago we put some of Rhona's photos of this event on the website. We now have this photo taken seconds later than the one further down this page. It's from Alison Williams [nee Webber] who is the little girl stood at the back holding a a ball.
Alison also sent in this photo of children and teachers at Miss Griff's Tanglin School, Cameron Highlands late 1946. Who do you recognise? 

 

FMSVF Volunteers at Port Dickson 1940

This photo was sent in by Catherine Latimer, daughter of Alexander Ilyine FMSVF. 
Can you help with further information on the identities of those on the photo?
back row l. to r.: Walter. Self, Chandler, McLaughlin, Ilyine
front row l. to r.: Young, Sgt Hardwicke, Curtis

Perak Volunteers at Port Dickson Camp 1930

Steve le Fleming kindly sent in these two excellent photos. His father appears on both photos Any other identities welcome.

Are you on this photo?

Click here for further photos of Malacca children's parties 

 Eithne Dunne and Ruth-Jean Aaron identified. Any others?Singapore Children's Party 1938: Eithne Dunne and Ruth-Jean Aaron identified. Any others?

 any identities?Scottish Company ISSVF: any identities?

Photo Contributors

  • Rhona Goodfellow
  • Graeme Hunter

The photos on the website have created considerable interest. The photo on the homepage, courtesy of John Mackie, shows himself (centre) with fellow FMSVF Volunteers Philip Paxton-Harding and Jack Brown.

We are indebted to the following MVG members for the photos on the History page:
Roger Barrett, Penny Dembrey, Mary Harris, Stephanie Hess, Merilyn Hywel-Jones, John Mackie, Ian Stitt and Susan Whitley.

The photo below (courtesy of Mason Nelson) shows officers of the Singapore Volunteer Corps 1930s 2nd row, 3rd from the left is his father, Captain David Nelson. Again, any identifications welcome.


Enquiries

Contents

Trace my father
Cecil Kenneth Wiles - Johore Volunteer Engineers  c.1931
John Ferguson Herbert, FMSVF Light Battery
Ernest Alfred Paul Earl.SSVF 1st Battalion S/N 13813 D/B 12/06/1909
Kenneth Anderson, Johore Volunteer Engineers

Bhutan Estate, Nilai, Negri Sembilan, Malaya
Roderick Boe Stuart
Mabel Ellen Hemsley [evacuee] and Thomas Hemsley [MRNVR POW?]
Brooklands Estate, Banting, Selangor (rubber plantation)
Captain Georg (George) Christian Haae Laub, Johore Volunteer Engineers
Muar Section, Johore Volunteer Engineers

Nichol family from Penang
Family tree
Sgt Keith H Bell 1pl a/s company 4th Pahang Battalion FMSVF
Eaton Rd School/Alice Smith School KL

Johore Volunteer Engineer, Allan Proctor
PM Leckie  FMSVF Field Survey Company
John Roland (Peter) Rutty FMSVF
Rube Billett. Alice Enid & Edward Robert Vick-Billett

Colin Douglas Campbell, Selaba and Hamiltonia Estates
Escape From Singapore - Dominic Michael Stringer
Arthur Reginald Pfordten
Flying and Living
Major James McClure, M.B.E., T.D.      47 (Perak Chinese ) Reserve M.T. Company 1941-45
James Campbell Paterson 45 Reserve MT Company FMSVF
Info on George Swanson [1912-1948] from Orkney
Bob & Anita Gent
Alexander Lamont
Selangor LDC
My uncle Alan Overall, FMSVF Light Battery [Ipoh]
Armoured car members, Malay Volunteers [FMSVF]
Mrs Miller & Major Angus MacDonald 2A&SH

JEFF LITTLEDYKE & WALTER DRINNAN

Flying Officer S J Beattie
Chinese from Malaya on the Western Front
Battle of Kampar: Greenridge, Kampar, Perak, Malaysia

JVE - James Gardner
Mrs Anne Champie Connelly

Relative. William Stanley Robinson, Padang Gajah Estate

Neil George Ferguson

John Charles Nauen 1903 - 1943
Perak Chinese MT Company RASC

Brian Frank Tyson, Malayan volunteer

John Allen Harvey MCS & Officers on Duty in Selangor (August 1945 - December 1946)
Escape from Singapore

Marriage records

My Father : A S Hogan served in 2nd Selangor Bn, FMSVF
Robert PJ Rycroft
Captain A.F. Hayward, Malay States Volunteer Rifles

George Robertson[1907-1945] , Johore Volunteer Engineers
Captain Sydney Richard Smith MSVR
Little girl evacuated on Centaur
World War Two RAF Memorial

Planter Donald Menteith Holland

Where is this airfield?

Alexander Aird  1SSVF/Accountant, Asiatic Petroleum Company, born 1906

My family: Samuel Cecil Yeomans (also Keyt family & George Dickinson)

Straits Trading, Singapore 1941
Lt.Col Sir John Campbell
Brass Cap Badge - 1950-60 Federation of Malaysian Engineers
Malayan States Volunteer Rifles in the First World War Period
James ("Jay") Chambers Thompson - Singapore pre WW2
James Hunter Baldwin - Rubber planter, Manager, Kuala Dingin Estate, Serdang, Kedah
L/Sgt Frederick Walter Westworth 1SSVF
Edward Mulligan PWD D.& I. /SRE[V]
The SS Sarpedon 1940
Evacuation on the SS Orion

Evacuation and Repatriation - How was it for you?

Japanese Propaganda Photos

A.V.L. Davies

SALLY TOOKE born 1941 Batu Gajah

John Corner enquiry
Thomas Regan  FMSVF/Petaling Tin, Perak
William Wight Perak LDC + Wife Helen

Straits Settlements & Malayan Volunteers

A. William Hamilton / Penang Volunteers/Chinese Labour Corps 1917-1919

David Warnock Harvey/David Harvey
My father, Robert Lindsay McFarlane in the Singapore Volunteer Corps
Old Photos of Malaya

Sub Lt Charles Fittock, Malayan Royal Navy Vol. Reserve 1942
Seeking information on Peter Stephens
Richard [Dick] Bower, Johore Volunteer Engineers / Tanah Merah Estates Ltd, Johore

Baptism photo 1938 Klebang
British Military Railways in Singapore
Vera Ardmore of the Singapore Morning Tribune
Birth Certificate & Beyond
An Appeal for Material
James Alexander McQueen, Penang Volunteers
First Aid Nursing Yeomanry
"Sunday Man"at the Pudu jail, Kuala Lumpur
My father Capt HJ Kitchener (Jack)

James Longwill WO II Signal Battalion FMSVF
Fay Hamilton's dancing girls [2]

Birth Certificate Problems
Rolls Royce Armoured Cars in Malayan Service?
Captain Alfred Webb, 2FMSVF
Photographs of Kuala Lumpur and Surroundings

Captain Cho Siow Lim / CQMS Tan Kim Tee, Malacca Volunteers
Miss Griff, staff and Tanglin School children 1932

Singapore Cricketers on SCC steps 1946
CSM CHARLES HENRY CRABBE (1SSVF)
Mrs. Doris Eileen Mary Toms. nee Doris Eileen Mary Ironside Bax.
H.J.C.K. Toms. Straits Steamship Company. Singapore.
Charles Sharkey, Singapore Volunteers
Rubber Planter George Park Barnet
Lt Harold Lewis Page [1907-1943] 4SSVF Malacca
Singapore Royal Artillery (Volunteers) postwar
OCTU Malaya 1941?
TANGLIN SCHOOL CHILDREN 1947
1007 Sgt D.A. David, Kedah Volunteer Force
FAY HAMILTON SCHOOL OF DANCING
Alfed Edminson Dick, Planter
Captain Richard Aubrey Witham 2FMSVF
James O'Dowd Egan, Planter & FMSVF 45 Reserve MT Company

JOHN HOWARD TYTE MSVR
Penang Volunteers WW1?

Tracing my Grandfather

Phillip Holmes Glover / Changi
Cpl Roy Alexander Moulton MM FMSVF Armoured Cars
FMSVF Railway Operating and Maintenance Company William Charles Blair
Joe Speelman 1904-1991
FMSVF Light Battery photo
Sgt Reginald Sydney Missen 4FMSVF
FMSVF Light Battery
Anyone for Cricket?
MVAF Aircraft
2nd Lt. Richard Peall 2FMSVF Sgt Robert Chan
Malayan Hospitals & Clinics c.1957
Vernon Walter Trevethan MVA

Uniforms of Volunteers

Tanglin Cameron Highlands
Henry Price Wales H.P. Private 3SSVF

Vowler family / Tanglin School, Cameron Highlands
Harold Edwin MacKenzie
Dudley Griffith Owen JVE
Fitzpatrick 1st Bn FMSVF
Alexander William Miller, Johore Volunteer Engineers (JVE) Sapper 998 born Lambeth, UK 06.03.04
CAPTAIN SIDNEY BADDELEY, Straits Steamship Company

THE GREETHAM FAMILY

Searching For A Book
ROBERT GUY YOUNG

JOHORE VOLUNTEERS

SSVF Norman Bigelow no.5415

Federated Malay States Volunteer Force
LT COLONEL BERTIE J. EATON OBE
 

Don MacDonald, Planter - Kuching, Borneo

My grandfather Don(ald) MacDonald (perhaps McDonald) was a rubber planter on an estate near Kuching called Sungei Tengah. He was captured by the Japanese during the war and interred in Batu Lintang camp in Kuching. In 1945 he and four others (Stookes/Webber/Le Gros Clark/Cho Huan-Lai)were taken to (then) Jesselton for "court martial" despite being civilians, during that journey at Kenningau - all five were executed. I have been to the memorial and have some research from Lynette Silver in Australia and Mr St John Jones in England so these events are as clear as probably they ever will be. However I have not been able to trace the location of his estate nor any of his friends Does anyone have any information? Many thanks. 

Lindsay MacDonald


My Grandfather John Angus Tulloch

Known in the family as Jack, my grandfather was a surveyor in Kedah State in Malaya. He served during the First World War as a gunner, and we have photos of him in the uniform of sergeant in the Kedah Volunteer Force. In December 1941 he suffered a heart attack, and was evacuated on the Giang Bee in February 1942. He was probably killed when the GB was shelled by Japanese warships, but may have died in internment. We believe that he was also an air raid warden on Singapore Island. I would be grateful for any information at all, but especially details of his service with the Volunteers or his subsequent death. 

Peter Tulloch 

1/4 Pearson Street Hilton South Australia 5033 08 82347740


The Penang Eurasian Volunteers during the Second World War

I would appreciate any photos, either group or single, of my Late father Mr. Roch Alexander Aeria and with other Penang Eurasian Volunteers. It would be good to have them posted on the website as well.

Peter Aeria


Malayan Volunteers in Kota Baru, WW2 era

I'm in the midst of researching for a feature film- I would like to highlight the Malayan Volunteers in Kota Baru & the events that took place when the Japanese landed on their shores. Are there any stories/true accounts related to the men who were there leading up to the invasion?

Nazreen
nazreenhara@gmail.com 

Robert Guy Young
Re: enquiry 'Robert Guy Young' would Drew Davidson please contact me - the email address posted keeps failing. R G Young was my great uncle too, and I have information on him. 
Velvet Douglas 
velvetdouglas@tiscali.co.uk 

Cluny Estate Rubber Plantation
Hello, I would be extremely interested in learning more details of the daily work of Jim Landon as the manager of Cluny Estate Rubber Plantation. My late father used to work for a certain Englishman in Cluny Estate. Photographs of the Cluny Estate area depicting residential houses would be helpful.
Phillip Lou 
cslou@hotmail.co.uk 

Singapore Volunteer Rifle Corps of 1854 and Penang Volunteers of 1861
Is there any available information about the original uniforms of those corps? I couldn't find anything on the internet! Please let me know if you can help me.
Miguel Trindade

Trace my father

My father was Abraham Alexander 'Bob' PELS . He worked for Guthries before the War, and when war broke out, joined the Malayan Volunteer Air Force.He flew a Brewster Buffalo, was shot down, and taken prisoner by the Japanese. He worked on a railroad, and was liberated in 1945, was sent o Australia for a few months recouperation, and then repatriated to Holland. He returned to Malaya in 1946 and fought in the Emergency, and left in 1954. Does anyone know of him, or how I can trace his activities? I would greatly appreciate any help.

Jacques Pels



Cecil Kenneth Wiles - Johore Volunteer Engineers  c.1931

I am trying to find out more about my late grandfather, C K Wiles (1908-1997), who was a rubber planter on Segamat Estate, Johore during the late 1920s and early 1930s. I have recently been informed that he was with the Johore Volunteer Engineers in around 1931. If you have any records or information relating to him at all, I would be most grateful.
Many thanks in advance, 

Roderick Wiles


John Ferguson Herbert, FMSVF Light Battery

I am trying to find out information on my late uncle, John (Jack) Herbert (born 1908), in particular his POW record. He was working for English Electric in Australia, and was posted to Ipoh,where he joined the Federated Malay States Volunteer Force (Perak). Following the invasion of the Malay Peninsular in 1941, he took part in the retreat to Singapore and was captured there in 1942. He spent considerable time in Changi POW Camp before being moved to work on the Burma/Siam Railway. He was repatriated to the UK in late 1945, and died in 1982. Please could you let me know either if you have any knowledge of him, or if you could point me to where records might be kept.
Regards,
Richard Herbert

herbert.home@btinternet.com


Ernest Alfred Paul Earl.SSVF 1st Battalion S/N 13813 D/B 12/06/1909

Seeking furher information on above. He was in No 4 POW Camp Singapore (Adam Road Camp) and left for Thailand on the 13/05/43 o the Burma Thailand Railway withwith "H" Force # 5 under the command Lt Col Newey H5 were at Tonchan South, Hintok River and Hintok before some of the fitter men were moved in August 43 to Konkoita. Towards the end of 1943 the men from H5 were taken down the Railway to "F" and "H" Force Hospital Camp Kanchanaburi and then back to Sime Rd Singapore.

Eric Wilson.  Burma Thailand Railway Memorial Association
ericjoybtrma@optusnet.com.au

Kenneth Anderson, Johore Volunteer Engineers

My fatherKenneth Anderson was assistant manager(planter) Rengam & Layang ,Johore, and died on the Thailand-Burma Railway on 1.9.43 at Hindato Main , no known grave. Did any of your group know my father.? My mother & I (2years old) managed to get to Fremantle on one of the last ships. Thank you    

James Anderson


Bhutan Estate, Nilai, Negri Sembilan, Malaya

I am looking for any information on the Chula Rubber company at Bhutan Estate,Negri Sembilan, Malaya. I lived there 1947-49

Bev Ewins


Roderick Boe Stuart 

My dad was in the Malayan Emergency conflict during the 1950s. I know there was a pictures of him at  one of the Sultan of Johore's parties. I would love any photos or memories that anyone can recall. He came from Inverness and served in the 11th Hussars. He may have been known as Rod.  My mother Sheila was also there and I lived there as well and my brother David was born in Malaya. My parents often went to Raffles Hotel.

Christine Ferguson

bluepoppi@btinternet.com


Mabel Ellen Hemsley [evacuee] and Thomas Hemsley [MRNVR POW?]

I am currently working in Singapore (in the National Library) and I am seeking any information about Thomas Hemsley. His wife (Mabel Ellen Hemsley) is listed on your site as an evacuee and her husband T. [Thomas] is listed as MRNVR POW, so it seems he stayed behind and was eventually made a POW. I know he survived the war and was active in business in Singapore during 1946-1954 and presumably he died in Singapore in the 1960s. He was still alive in 1961, but although I have a date of death for his wife I can't find an exact date of death for Thomas. I also know that their only daughter (Mary Christine) married Maurice Avison in Bradford, Yorks on Aug 11, 1953. I wonder if Christine is still alive and may have further information about her father? Any assistance you can provide would be most appreciated. Please contact me via: visviva@gmail.com

Ross Laird


Brooklands Estate, Banting, Selangor (rubber plantation)

I would like to know more about this rubber estate's history, original owners ,footages. I was born here .and I still remember the planters names Mr.Mclean & Mr.Sylvester and they used to take pictures during estate annual sports day. I would be grateful if anybody with tiny details or priceless pictures of my birth place thanks
krishnasamy muthusamy

krishnan_dd@yahoo.com


Captain Georg (George) Christian Haae Laub, Johore Volunteer Engineers

I would like to receive any information about my Danish relative, who was a well-known rubber planter at Muar, Johore. He was born in Copenhagen on 14 September 1886. There is some information that he was awarded the OBE in 1935 for services (or scientific discovery) to the rubber industry. He was an athlete and a keen rifle shot, instituting the 'Laub Cup' for an inter-Volunteer rifle competition. He served as a Captain (aged 55) in the Johore Volunteer Engineers in the Malayan Campaign in World War 2. He was killed in action fighting the Japanese either on 8 or 19 December 1941. His sister Ellen Laub Clemmensen received his posthumous award of MBE (military) at a ceremony in Copenhagen on 1 May 1947. I would also be keen to see any photographic records.
Peter H. Laub

peter.laub@talktalk.net


Muar Section, Johore Volunteer Engineers

To assist with several family enquiries I am most interested to obtain a photo image of the Muar Section, JVE 1930s to 1941. With names a bonus.
I am also seeking information on Captain Georg Laub JVE and as to whether his transfer across the Thai border in 1941 was a career move to Thailand Tin Ltd or an intelligence mission.

Jonathan Moffatt

JonathanMoffatt@aol.com

Nichol family from Penang

I am trying to complete a family tree for a friend and we have come to a halt with her grandfather BALFOUR NICHOL born in Penang around 1890. He married Hilda Mary Tong at St. George's Church, Penang on 1st January 1921. He was variously a planter and then a prison officer in Malacca & Johore. They had two children Betty & Robert who fled to Perth, Australia before the Japanese arrived. Balfour was a Changi & Sime Road internee, survived and died in England in 1959. The only other information we have is that his father was called ROBERT JOHN NICHOL, a Master Mariner based in Penang. We would love to be able to shed some light on this gap in the family history.
Kate Tye

katetye@westnet.com.au


Family tree

I am tracing my grandfather who may have been a Volunteer or more likely served in the Army in Malaya during the 1940's. His name was John Vincent Lowe.

lyndale115@hotmail.com


Sgt Keith H Bell 1pl a/s company 4th Pahang Battalion FMSVF

I am in possession of one of two hand typed diaries of a Sgt Keith Bell of 1 platoon 4th Pahang Bn, FMSVF .He was an Australian working for a mining company when Singapore fell. The Diary is 50 pages with short entries that cover the holding action and retreat, to POW as a cook in Changi, and then on an island off Singapore [Blakang Mati]  with 200 prisoners. There are alot of European names mentioned mainly ncos, snco, officers and some ptes, and tells of the day they let all the Malaysian Volunteers go back to their families, leaving only 56 Europeans in the battalion. Keith Bell was repatriated to Australia and died in the 1980s? Does anyone know of him?I have been told he was an older soldier and was a very good POW cook. The diary has recipes. Can any one help me as i have been researching him for 20 years on and off? He was last heard of in Queensland Australia owning a cnr store.I am seeking a photo of him. The other part of the diary is held at the Australian War Memorial and I know the lady who typed the 2 copies that he never received. I have written to 12 government offices around the world for service details but cannot find anything. Any help would be great... cheers

Mark Jones

seemonk_446@hotmail.com

Eaton Rd School/Alice Smith School KL

I am hoping to contact former pupils of either the Eaton Road School (1946-1949) or the Alice Smith School (1950-present) in Kuala Lumpur as I am researching the history of both schools.
Please e-mail me at ac_hwang@yahoo.com or mvg.malaysia@gamil.com.

Johore Volunteer Engineer, Allan Proctor

My father belonged to the Electrical Dept, Muar,Johore and was a Sapper in the JVE [Muar Section]. He was mortally wounded at Muar in January 1942 and died of wounds at Singapore. Any information on him and the Muar Section JVE gratefully received.
I was evacuated to Australia with my mother and sister on Orion. Also in my mother's care was another 7 year old, Nola, possibly Nola Barron, whose parents were on home leave in Australia when the Japanese invaded Malaya.

This photo shows myself, Nola and my baby sister Hilary shortly before our evacuation from Muar. Any information on Nola welcome. 


A.H.Proctor
allan.proctor@orange.net


PM Leckie  FMSVF Field Survey Company

My Grandfather was Captain Peter Martin Leckie, a surveyor in Malaya for many years. I have many of his photos from his time in Malaya from 1920 to 1942 [see MVG Website Gallery photos: Peter Leckie Collection], some I need to identify if possible.

Elizabeth Leckie

emlchen@optusnet.com.au


John Roland (Peter) Rutty FMSVF

Hi I came across your website whilst undertaking research and found it very interesting. I am doing research on my great uncle John Roland (Peter) Rutty. John Roland was his given names but he was widely known as Peter as his father was also John and it became a way of differentiating between the two. He went out to Malaya from Australia (he was Australian) in the 1940's to help run a rubber plantation. During WW2 he joined up with the forces in Malaya as an FMSVF Volunteer. He was captured and went to Changi and then to the Thai Burma railway camps. After the war and a brief time back in Australia, he returned to Malaya around 1947 to take up an assistant managers role on a rubber plantation in Kuantan. He was subsequently killed by insurgents in 1947. There are no records of him a the Australian War Memorial in Canberra as either an enlisted soldier or as a POW. Where would I go to find some information on him? - British sources, Malay sources? Is there a register of all POWS of all nationalites for Changi?? Any help you could offer for this interesting man would be much appreciated.
Many thanks
Tom Nursey

tomnursey@optusnet.com.au

Rube Billett. Alice Enid & Edward Robert Vick-Billett

Whilst scouring the net for information on my father Edward Robert Vick-Billett I was chuffed to see my parents details in your 'evacuees' list. As both my parents are deceased, I have inherited some photos taken in Malaya 1920/30's. Names/places include: Lindsay Vears, Mrs Forbes, Mrs Jroh, Mrs Farthing, Kuala Lumpar,Poona, Lucknow, Singapore, plus photos of my g'father Rube Billett who was a champion jockey, and an internee of Changi. Also have my father's jockey licence (Royal Western India Turf Club Ltd) and 'points to be remembered ... now that you are a member of the Auxillary Force' signed by Major E C H Evered. 29-5-40. If anyone may be interested

Pam moore

pamoore44@hotmail.com

[the names of Western Australians Rube & Ed Billett will be familiar to those who attended the Races in Singapore & Penang   J.M.]


Colin Douglas Campbell, Selaba and Hamiltonia Estates

I would like to know if anyone may have known my family in Malaya? My grandfather was Colin Douglas Campbell who worked at Tangkak Estate in Johore and then was the manager of Selaba, Sarasawaty and Hamiltonia Estates near Bidor and Telok Anson in Perak. He was interned in Palembang and Muntok Japanese camps and died in August 1944. His brother John Campbell, sister Maie (Florence) and her husband Dick Gordon were interned in Changi and survived. Any information would be very much appreciated, Thank you,

Judy Campbell, Melbourne, Australia, email balcombe@netspace.net.au

Escape From Singapore - Dominic Michael Stringer

I stumbled on this very interesting site whilst engaged in family history research. My Dad, Michael (Micky) Stringer, successfully escaped from Singapore in February 1942. I do not know what he was doing there and certainly there seems to be no record of him in the Navy or Army (it is fairly unlikely he was RAF). He escaped on or about 12/13 February on a small boat called "Daisy". This was one of two water tugs that serviced the big ships in Singapore Harbour. Daisy, under the command of a man called Walmsley (Captain, Master, Sergeant or Lieutenant Commander depending on where I am looking at the time!] made it to the mouth of the Djambi river. Daisy was too big to go further. The men from Daisy joined a group of RNVR from the launches P10 and P12, travelled upstream, eventually transferring to the roads and were finally evacuated from Padang. Dad was on P10 with Lieutenant F.E.W. Lammert (RNVR).However I do not know where they went. I am most interested to find out what he was doing in Singapore and how he got there. Also, how he left Padang and where he went. Books I have read say that lists of men were taken as they left Padang but these records do not appear to exist! Also I understand that lists were taken as people who escaped from other ports or possibly on board ships. Any help or suggestions gratefully received.

Hazel Stringer
mikestringer@mypostoffice.co.uk

Arthur Reginald Pfordten

Could anyone shed some light on the life of Arthur Reginald (von der) Pfordten also known as Abdul Rahman Pfordten who enlisted as a Private in the Perak Local Defence Corps in 1941 and later transferred to the Singapore Observation Corps? He was interned in Changi and Sime Road. He was the manager of Purlong Valley Tea Estate at Cameron Highlands before and after the war. In particular, does anyone know of the whereabouts of Arthur's nephew, post-war Wing Commander Roy Morant of the RAF? The photo shows Roy with Arthur and Roy's young son. I would like to contact either him or his descendants.


Andrew Hwang
ac_hwang@yahoo.com


Flying and Living

G'day from Australia, Have been thinking of coming to South East Asia to learn to fly and live for sometime now. I am a 52 year old retired ex-RAAF chap, with Electrical,Mechanical and Administration experience, with very keen interest in Aviation. So the objective of this email is to try and make contact with people who are in Cambodia, Malaysia or Thailand who are doing the same thing. Thank you in advance

Wes Bennett

weseagle@iprimus.com.au
Major James McClure, M.B.E., T.D.      47 (Perak Chinese ) Reserve M.T. Company 1941-45

I am researching my father’s military career and would be grateful  to  hear from anyone who can provide information  on the above  unit.
Born in Clydebank, Glasgow in 1912 my father was a  territorial army  officer  commissioned in 1936 as 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Army Service Corps. He saw action with the BEF in France and Belgium including the evacuation at Dunkirk. He remained in  the UK  for the next year. In May 1941 he was promoted to Captain, posted to Malaya in July and  reached Singapore at the end of September. He was then sent to Kuala Lumpur as officer commanding M.T. Driving School with effect from 1st October 1941. His service record shows that he was promoted to Major on 1st January 1942 and posted as officer commanding the 47 (Perak Chinese) Reserve M.T. Company RASC at Trolak on the Slim River. The circumstances in which he took command of this unit are not known. The Japanese took Trolak on 7th January. Major McClure and his unit joined the retreat to Singapore. He survived imprisonment and work on the Thai-Burma railway to return  to his civilian employment in the UK and continued to serve in the T.A until 1960 having formed the 525 RASC company of the 51st Highland Division in Aberdeen. He died in Colchester in 1981.


This photograph was taken ‘somewhere in Malaya' between October and December 1941’. My father is front row, second from right. Does anyone recognise anyone else in that photograph?

Many thanks for your help.
Marion C. Donald [McClure]
MarionDonald@ifb.co.uk

James Campbell Paterson 45 Reserve MT Company FMSVF
My father James 'Jim' Campbell Paterson worked for Wearne Motors, Robertson Rd, Kuala Lumpur. and was a Sergeant in  45 Reserve MT Company FMSVF. He was a  POW in Singapore and was sent to Thailand with D Battalion on October 12th 1942. He was killed in an Allied air raid on Tamarkan in November 1944.
I would welcome any additional information on my father.
Regards
Bob Paterson
bobsoneau@yahoo.com.au 

Info on George Swanson [1912-1948] from Orkney

George Swanson was a planter in Johore pre-and-post war and a Johore Volunteer Engineers FEPOW. He was killed by CTs in the Malayan Emergency. Any info would be most welcome.

Ola Tait
arnieandola@btinternet.com

Bob & Anita Gent



Does anyone recognise either Bob Gent (Australian Imperial Forces?) or his wife, Anita Edna Gent (nee Reis)? I have difficulty in identifying which unit Bob was in. Long lost family friends and relatives are trying to locate either or them or their children/descendants. Anita's last known address in 1989 was at:

Wesley House Community Aged Care Packages
324 Military Road,
Semaphore Park
Adelaide SA 5019
Australia.

Please contact Andrew Hwang at ac_hwang@yahoo.com or at mvg.malaysia@gmail.com if you have any information.

Thank you & best regards,

Andrew

Alexander Lamont

Before the Second World War, my father, Alexander Lamont, worked in Kedah then Selangor for Malayan American Plantations [Manager, Bristol Estate]. I know that as the Japanese moved down the Peninsula he joined what he referred to as "the Territorials" and was taken prisoner in Singapore in uniform. I do not know whether "the Territorials" meant the Malayan Volunteers, but perhaps you can advise me.

Donald Lamont

dlamont47@googlemail.com

note from Webmaster: Sandy Lamont served in 2FMSVF but is also on the Selangor LDC roll. He was a POW in Thailand from November 1942. Can anybody tell Donald more?

Selangor LDC

My late father, LEE HON KHEONG, was a decorated member of the Selangor LDC. He was educated at Victoria Institution and later worked for Carson Cumberbatch plc after the war. Did anyone know my father in the LDC and could possibly elaborate on what he did between the fall of Singapore and the Japanese surrender? It is thought he might have gone underground or joined the resistance in the Malayan jungles. Attached are post-war photographs with my mum (he married late in life) and one showing his bosses from Carson Cumberbatch plc at my parents' wedding reception.

My uncle Alan Overall, FMSVF Light Battery [Ipoh]

Alan Overall was born in Manchester in 1915, he was an engineer who went to Malaya during the 1930s.
I was told he had married in Malaya. He served in the FMSVF Light Battery and died on the Japanese ship Rakuyo Maru 14 September 1944 aged 29 years.  Did anybody know him, was he married? Who did he work for and where did he work before the war? I would be delighted with any information available as I was born in 1939 and named after him; he was my fathers younger brother.

kindest regards

Alan Overall

alanoverall@btinternet.com


Armoured car members, Malay Volunteers [FMSVF]    


Does anyone have knowledge of my father, David Alexander.He was a member of an armoured car division and was a POW in Changi. My mother, Margot Alexander, and I escaped to South Africa by boat from Singapore in early 1942. We lived in Kuala Lumpur. After the war we lived in Singapore and I went to the Tanglin School in Singapore and the Cameron Highlands.My father worked for Guthries both before and after the war.

Christine McCouat

cmmccouat@westnet.com.au


Mrs Miller & Major Angus MacDonald 2A&SH
In August 1941 Major Angus MacDonald 2A&SH took his last leave in the Cameron Highlands, staying at the Smoke House. This photo was taken of him with Mrs Miller. Can anyone identify which Mrs Miller this was?


 

JEFF LITTLEDYKE & WALTER DRINNAN

Has anyone heard of Walter Drinnan who escaped in a 15 ft boat from Blakang Mati with my father Jeff Littledyke? My father and Walter found a fishing boat abandoned on the beach and under the cover of darkness escaped with only the clothes they stood in and a very small amount of food and successfully sailed to Sumatra (despite being closely investigated daily by Japanese bombers flying overhead). My father was a member of the Federated Malayan States Volunteer Force and joined the Australian Warship the Hobart and taken to Columbo and then to join up with the Indian Army in Bombay. Does anyone remember as it would be nice to try and locate some Drinnan family members? My wonderful father died in 2007 aged 94 years. He gave me a detailed diary of his experiences and it makes interesting reading if anyone is interested.

Sheena Bransgrove
sheena.bransgrove@bigpond.com


Flying Officer S J Beattie

We believe Flying Officer SJ Beattie of the MVAF was also a surveyor for the Singapore Improvement Trust and lived in 18 Adam Park before leaving Singapore in 1941. According to the Changi records he was on leave in New Zealand possibly in Canterbury. Can any of your members confirm these facts or know what happened to him or just provide more information?
Regards

Jon Cooper

The Adam Park Project Project Manager
jonalicooper@googlemail.com


Chinese from Malaya on the Western Front


During World War 1, a number of Chinese volunteers from Malaya were sent to France as mechanics and support crew for the Mark 4 tanks of 6th Royal Tank Regiment. Does anyone have any information or photographs of these men?

Andrew Hwang

ac_hwang@yahoo.com


Battle of Kampar: Greenridge, Kampar, Perak, Malaysia

I work with a group of volunteers to help preserve the battlesite where the British Battalion and the Perak Volunteers held off the Japanese for 4 days during WW2. We are clearing a small part of the ridge to build a memorial dedicated to all servicemen who fought there. A small ceremony hopefully will be held in the near future attended by the High Commissoners of the Commonwealth. Will be grateful for any stories or pictures regarding the battle. If any of you are visiting Malaysia and would like to visit Greenridge, please do email or contact me at 019-5155224.

Daniel Prakash James

d_warmonger@yahoo.com


JVE - James Gardner

We would be interested to hear from anyone with information about my father, James Rowland Gardner (Tiddler), who was a member of the JVE. Prior to the invasion he had been a planter, possibly in Ipoh. He was a POW on the Burma Railway and was later transported to Funatsu, Japan, working, I think, in an iron foundry or possibly a shipyard. Up until today - 13 Jan 2010 - we were unaware that he had been in the JVE. It was only by chance that, googling his name, I discovered that his Efficiency Medal had been sold last year in London - see http://www.dnw.co.uk/medals/auctionarchive/searchcataloguearchive/itemdetail.lasso?itemid=68467 After the war he returned to Malaya working on plantations in Ipoh and Rasa and eventually returned to the UK in about 1966. Any information whatsoever would be most welcome. Many thanks

Judy Wild

mikew@chelmed.co.uk


Mrs Anne Champie Connelly
Mrs Connelly, the wife of  Sgt Andrew Connelly 2A&SH, and a Thai national, was evacuated, aged 34, from Singapore with 1 year old son Ian on the Duchess of Bedford to Liverpool. Before her marriage to Andrew in 1940 she was a nursery nurse working for a family who lived in Meyer Mansions, Coleman Street, Singapore and visited England with them in 1937. Champie kept a photographic record  of her time in Meyer Mansions but we still don't know which family she worked for and would welcome any information.
Click here to see some of Champie's other photos.

Relative. William Stanley Robinson, Padang Gajah Estate

I have an old photograph taken in 1919, with the inscription on the back: 'taken at Padang Gajah Estate in October 1919, Malaya'. There are four men in the photograph, Athorne, Dudley, Mortimore & Robinson. William Stanley ROBINSON is my Great Uncle, brother to my late Grandmother Dorothy Venetia HYDE (nee' Robinson) I have very little information on my Great Uncle Robinson. although in the CWGC he is listed, Rank: Lieutenant, Regiment/Service: General List, Secondary List: Seconded to Force 136, Age 45, Death; 15/09/1943. Any information about him and/or the others above would be much appreciated.



Best Regards
Nick Hyde
nicholas@n-hyd.demon.co.uk


Neil George Ferguson

I am looking for any information on my grandfather, Neil George Ferguson, Engineer with the Public Works Department and Captain in the 3SSVF [Penang]before the war, Changi and Sime Road internee from 1942 to 1945 and then PWD engineer in Malaya and North Borneo after the war until his retirement at the end of the 1950s.

Jenny Davies
jennydavies11@yahoo.co.uk


John Charles Nauen 1903 - 1943

Any information regarding the above would be gratefully received. He was born in Coventry in 1903. He worked at Kew Gardens in England before going to Bermuda then in 1935 to Singapore where he took up a position at the Botanical Gardens as Assistant Curator. By 1941 he was Curator, Waterfall Gardens, Penang. He joined the Penang Volunteers [3SSVF] and died in 1943 as a POW at Tanbaya. 

With thanks
Anna Golden
anna@golden2755.fsnet.co.uk


Perak Chinese MT Company RASC

I would like to hear from anyone with information on the  47 (Perak Chinese) Reserve  M.T Company R.A.S.C from 1941 to 1945

Marion Donald

mariondonald@ifb.co.uk


Brian Frank Tyson, Malayan volunteer

Would you have information on Brian Frank Tyson who died in Malaya in World War 2 as a member of No.9 Stay Behind Party.
I would be particularly interested to know of any awards received; any photos; the type of radio he used and any information of his role and his fellow operator who survived the war. Did his partner write a report of
their work?
Susan Vandijk

susanlvd@ozemail.com.au


John Allen Harvey MCS & Officers on Duty in Selangor (August 1945 - December 1946)

Greetings. I am trying to get in contact with the family of the late John Allen Harvey, British Administrator in the Cocos-Keeling Islands and later Comptroller of the Royal Household of Pahang. I am conducting some research on the evacuation of some officials from Selangor to the Cocos-Keeling Islands between August 1945 - December 1946. Similarly, any details on the whereabouts of the family or next of kin to Theodore
Samuel Adams, former British Resident, Selangor, would be much appreciated. Any leads on this will be very welcome and duly acknowledged. Terima Kasih Tuan-Tuan dan Mem-Mem. Radford.

R Cross

radfordcross@gmail.com


Escape from Singapore

Identified on this photo are Malayan veterinary surgeons George Rocker (back left) & William Orr who successfully escaped from Singapore in February 1942, crossed Sumatra and eventually reached safety in Ceylon. Can anyone identify the others on the photo? Perhaps fellow escapers.

William Orr, George Rocker, Ronald WrightWilliam Orr, George Rocker, Ronald Wright


Marriage records

I wish to know where to search for marriage records of a Gustave Adolphe Frederik Altmann to a Elise Rose Van Neer, married in Penang 1933. Thanks for your help and/ or advice to my query.

Elza Altmann

elzaaltman@hotmail.com


My Father : A S Hogan served in 2nd Selangor Bn, FMSVF

My father served in 2nd Selangor Battalion. He and his father were rubber planters. He never spoke about his experiences. Would anyone have heard  of him ?

Rory Hogan
roryhogan@eircom.net


Robert PJ Rycroft

I am researching the captioned family member. He arrived in Malaya in 1930 to serve with the FMS Police in KL. Interned during the war, returning post war to serve again with the police. His wife was Hylda M Rycroft, nee Wilson. I believe that she was evacuated after the fall of Singapore.
Any information would be appreciated.
Thanks

Captain A.F. Hayward, Malay States Volunteer Rifles

I am trying to find information about the life of Alfred Francis Hayward, a British Army Boer War veteran who for 18 years was Armourer to the MSVR retiring in 1931. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Susan Winter

smarywinter16@tiscali.co.uk


George Robertson[1907-1945] , Johore Volunteer Engineers

I have been writing the family story for many years and I want to discover what happened to my cousin, George Robertson, born Melbourne, 1907, who died in Mergui on 25. 7.1945 according to information on a cable recently come to hand. Before that POW cards came from No.1 Camp and No. 2 Camp Thailand early in 1944. George worked as an engineer for the Hume Pipe Company, Singapore in the 1930s then for the Drainage & Irrigation Dept, Johore. He lived in Muar and joined the JVE.

I would be grateful for any information as George was the only son, unmarried without issue, of a single mother and I don't want him to be forgotten.

Amy McCoy

amymuriel@homemail.com.au

 


Captain Sydney Richard Smith MSVR 

I am interested in finding about my late father´s career in the Malay States Volunteer Rifles . His name was Sydney Richard Smith O.B.E . He served in the MSVR and was a Civil Engineer PWD Perak between c.1900 to 1928. If you are able to find out something I shall be very happy Thank you
Yours
John Annesley Smith

Little girl evacuated on Centaur
Jean Barrie Nairn was born in 1935. Her father, Jimmy, the Company Sergeant Major of the Scottish Company 1SSVF died suddenly pre-hositilties. Her mother Barbara, a nursing matron at Middleton Hospital, stayed on and was interned in Changi and Sime Rd Camp. Leaving their home at 23 Oxley Rd, Singapore, Barbara put Jean aboard Centaur which arrived at Fremantle WA on January 13th 1942. It would be interesting to know who took care of Jean aboard Centaur and on arrival in Western Australia and what became of her since.

World War Two RAF Memorial 
Does anyone have any photographs, drawings or descriptions of the RAF WW2 memorial which used to be in the chapel of RAF Station Kuala Lumpur until the end of 1960 when it was officially handed over to St Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Kuala Lumpur? The memorial has mysteriously disappeared in the past 49 years and we intend to begin a thorough search within the church property and a description or any information as to where the memorial could have ended up would help tremendously.
Thank you
Andrew Hwang

Planter Donald Menteith Holland

My Grandfather Donald Menteith Holland was with the Malay States Volunteer Rifles in 1915-1916,before joining the Royal Field Artillery in WW1. Does anyone have any information about him. He returned to Malaya after the war and lived in the Port Dickson area. He died in 1935 and is buried at St.Marks in Seremban.
Thankyou
Will Handover-Holland

Where is this airfield?
 
This photo was in the suitcase (Pandora`s Box) that my father left me and I had assumed it was of an airfield in Singapore. Apparently it is not and as I look at it more closely those fields surrounding it look quite British!! But then why would it be amongst so very many pre-war pictures of Singapore and Malaya - Botanical pictures?

 
Does anyone recognises it?
 
All good wishes,
John Corner

Victoria, Australia
astley22[at]bigpond.net.au 

Alexander Aird  1SSVF/Accountant, Asiatic Petroleum Company, born 1906

Does anybody know anything about Alexander T. Aird who arrived in Singapore in 1930? He married Alistrina (Ali) and had one child named Andrew (Sandy) in 1941. Mother and child were evacuated to Australia on the Charon in 1942 but what happened to Alexander during the troubles in Singapore?. I have found from this wonderful website a photo of Scottish Company 1SSVF and wondered if anybody had any names available. Alexander Aird is my father's cousin.
AirdAlexander&AlistrinaWedding
Wendy Sutherland (nee Aird)
s0therl0nd@blueyonder.co.uk

My family: Samuel Cecil Yeomans (also Keyt family & George Dickinson)

My great grandfather Samuel Cecil YEOMANS was born in 1876 at Ashby le la Zouch. Educated at Oundle & Christ's College, Cambridge, he first came to Malaya with the FMS Civil Service then planted with United Rubber Estates Ltd, Carey Island and also became a journalist In 1902 he married Helen Minnie, daughter of Mr Thomas Keyt, retired Perak Civil Servant. The Yeomans later lived at 36b Teluk Blangah Rd, Keppel Harbour, Singapore and Samuel was interned by the Japanese in Changi, room 4RC3.then Sime Road Camp. He died in Durban, South Africa in 1949.

My mother, Anita Elaine was born in KL in 1932, the daughter of George Dickinson & Samuel's daughter Hilda (Peggy) Yeomans. My mother told me that George Dickinson, who died in 1940 in Singapore, was a rubber planter and editor of a Malayan newspaper. My mother and her mother and sisters were evacuated from Singapore.
Any additional information on my family would be most welcome.

Thanks

Nikki Archer-Waring

archer.waring@btinternet.com



 


I would be very interested to know if anyone can identify (a) the man with the long sleeved shirt: (he may be from Straits Trading senior staff) [b] the woman (believed to be a Singapore Nursing Sister, Dorothy....known to smoke cigars from time to time!..where was she from?). Also on the photo is my father Robert John Trotter, a Straits Trading Co. senior engineer, killed in a bombing raid in February 1942 after the smelters on Pulau Brani were put out of action: Whose house were they in.?..i.e. is the side portrait recognisable? Any clues welcome. Thank you


Audrey McCormick
Replies via website

Lt.Col Sir John Campbell

I'm trying to find out information on Lt.Col Sir John Campbell who was involved in Tin Mining in the state of Perlis, Malaya in 1930 - 1942. He and his wife were reportedly captured by the Japanese and are believed to have died in Indonesia. Lt.Col Sir John Campbell was a very well decorated officer and was an advisor to the colonial government and also held other important positions in government. Could anyone with any information kindly contact me at shekar.sc@gmail.com. if you have any leads or photographs of this person. Thank you.

SC Shekar 


Brass Cap Badge - 1950-60 Federation of Malaysian Engineers

I am trying to track down a brass cap badge worn by the soldiers of the Federation of Malaysian Engineers on behalf of a friends father who served there and who has been trying to find one for many years.

Thank you

Linda Johnson
ldudzi@live.com



 


Malayan States Volunteer Rifles in the First World War Period

Guy Scoular sent in this marvellous company photo.
[click to enlarge]


Only one individual is identified: Noel Fisher. Can anyone add to our knowledge of this photo?  

James ("Jay") Chambers Thompson - Singapore pre WW2
I am trying to track down the movements of my grandfather after the fall of Singapore and specifically where I can find details of the service records of members of the Malayan Volunteers. (I wish I had found this site before my grandmother died recently). My grandfather (JC Thompson) was a Surveyor with the Survey Department in Singapore from 1938. I understand from my grandmother that they spent a lot of time in the highlands of peninsular Malaysia but were living in Singapore before the evacuation. My mother (Darryl Thompson) and grandmother (Myrl Thompson) were both evacuated from Singapore before it fell and traveled on the Charon to Perth WA(initially thinking they were heading for South Africa). We understand that my grandfather did not leave Singapore at that time. Singapore fell in February 1942 but the only record of him starts in December 1943 in Ceylon where his service record with the RAF simply starts as a Flight Lieutenant in the Meteorological Branch granted "for the emergency". There are no further records until he is listed as "dying on Active Duty" in Hollywood Military Hospital in Perth in October 1945. The records don't list his transfers to Ceylon or back to Australia. As far as we know he had no Meteorological training. We would like to piece together the 2 years between the fall of Singapore and his arrival in Ceylon and commission as a Flight Lieutenant. We understand that he was a member of the Malayan Volunteers but we don't know in what role. It would seem that his background as a surveyor, particularly in the highlands, would have suited the Stay Behind Parties mentioned on this site but again we cannot find any records. Any help or direction would be greatly appreciated. Even though we now live in Perth, my own children (his great grandchildren) were born in Singapore when we worked there and are fascinated by the past connection. My grandparents Black and White house still stands on Tanglin Road - unfortunately no longer in the family.

Regards

Marshall Allen 

marshall@gilbeyallen.com



James Hunter Baldwin - Rubber planter, Manager, Kuala Dingin Estate, Serdang, Kedah

Simply looking to trace any references to this person. Not known if a Volunteer but quite likely to have been. Was last heard of returning to Penang in 1936 and various rumours of his presence in Singapore during evacuation.

Thanks

Kelvin Wynne

kmaxwynne@yahoo.com


L/Sgt Frederick Walter Westworth 1SSVF

My father FW Westworth served with the Singapore Volunteers Armoured Car Company . Nicknamed "George" he spent time in the Bukit Timah camp and then went to the Burma Thai railway at K'anburi and Hintok including time under the command of "Weary" Dunlop. He returned to Singapore in 1946 and was instrumental in re starting the accounting firm Turquand Youngs - now Ernst & Young -from which he retired in 1967. My sister and I went to Tanglin School. Sadly he died on 4th February this year at the age of 93 in Colyton Devon England. We wondered if there is any still alive who served with him.

Chris Westworth

Sydney Australia

cwestwor@bigpond.net.au

Edward Mulligan PWD D.& I. /SRE[V]


My father Edward Mulligan, known as Ned, joined the Volunteer Forces at the outbreak of war. At the time he joined he was a Civil Engineer working for the government and was made a major. He was taken prisoner and shipped to Japan in the hold of a Japanese ship. He spent the captivity in Changi, Formosa and Zentsuji  Prison Camp in Japan. I understood from him that there were many Canadians & Dutch in the camp. He survived the war but unfortunately is now dead. Does any one remember Zentsuji?
Mary O'Sullivan

mary@osproperty.co.uk


The SS Sarpedon 1940
In response to an article in the latest MVG newsletter, Bill Vowler writes 'Regarding the Blue Funnel Gang I was one of them -both on the Gorgon and Charon.  I would very much to find some of the passsengers who were on the SARPEDON that left Glasgow  to Penang/ Singapore in 1940. I was on that also.
Bill can be contacted at  ww.cavowler@verizon.net


Evacuation on the SS Orion

I am trying to find out about the Orion journey from Singapore to Fremantle, Dec 31st 1941 arriving Jan 7th 1942, and the Master`s log would have info but nowhere can I find that log book.
I have tried the UK National Archives, the Maritime Museum in Greenwich and the Maritime History Archive in Newfoundland. Any information as to its location would be welcome.

I am looking for answers to the following questions.

Did Orion leave Singapore (on Dec 31st 1941) in a convoy?
Did Orion leave the convoy soon after because its speed (the convoy`s) was too slow?
Was the ship attacked?
Did it put into any port, en route, to avoid attack?
Any other information and personal memories most welcome.

John Corner
Victoria, Australia.


Evacuation and Repatriation - How was it for you?

In 2008 I published a book entitled, Stranger in the House, that looked at the effect of men returning from war on women's lives. Now Simon & Schuster have asked me to write another book about returning evacuees.  This is a marvellous topic because it concerns something that lots of today's children learn about in school.  I think all three of my sons have been to ‘Evacuee Day' at some time in their school careers.

I am only too aware, however, that the public's perception of Evacuees is limited to pictures of grubby little children leaving London stations with gas masks around their necks and luggage labels on their wrists.

This book will seek to redress that balance and deal with the far greater range of the evacuation during the Second World War, including those who were evacuated from Singapore, Malaya and Hong Kong.  I realise the experiences of those who were evacuated from these places was very different from the children sent from London, Liverpool and Glasgow to the countryside.  What I am seeking are stories from anyone who was evacuated in the Far East.  I would like to hear where you were sent to, how long you were away, what you found when you came home and whether you remained in the Far East or came back to Britain.

As with Stranger in the House this book will comprise a mixture of oral history, information from diaries and letters and research that will place the stories in their historical, social and to some extent economic situation. 

If you would like to share your memories with me or find out more about how I plan to use information I gather, please do contact me either via email: julie.summers00@googlemail.com or by letter:   Julie Summers, 17 Abberbury Road, Oxford OX4 4 ET

If you wish to find out about my other books please visit www.juliesummers.co.uk


Japanese Propaganda Photos

In April 1945 my father was taken with a number of other POWs to the Singapore Swimming Club and forced to pose for propaganda photos at tables laden with drinks and cakes, intended to show how well the Japanese took care of their prisoners. Does anyone know if these photos still exist in a collection somewhere? Please contact me, thank you.

Private T.J. Johnston, 13411, 1 SSVF. “Taken by Jap Forces Photographer at Singapore Swimming Club April 1945 unknown to me, and passed on.” On 16th April 1945 prisoners were taken to the Swimming Club and made to pose for Japanese propaganda photographs,
Private T.J. Johnston, 13411, 1 SSVF.
“Taken by Jap Forces Photographer at Singapore Swimming Club April 1945 unknown to me, and passed on.”
On 16th April 1945 prisoners were taken to the Swimming Club and made to pose for Japanese propaganda photographs, seated at tables with drinks and cakes (which were afterwards removed).

Click here to view T.J. Johnston's other photos.

Ian Johnston

anihadas@tiscali.co.uk

A.V.L. Davies

Aubrey Davies was born in 1882 in Brixton, He became a barrister in 1906 and arrived in  Singapore in 1929

setting up in practice with the later well known Singapore lawyer C.C. Tan [Aubrey Davies & Co., Bonham Building  Singapore] and after a short time at Changi Gaol died in Japanese captivity in April 1942 at Miyako Hospital.

Any information about Aubrey Davies or about the 1930 photo taken at Raffles Hotel with Mrs Struse & daughter [who were they?]

Thank you.

Alan Tuckey

Alan[at]tuckey.demon.co.uk

website: http://www.tuckey.biz/family/ppl/a/a/aa75943c46a120e9aaf.html



SALLY TOOKE born 1941 Batu Gajah

Does anyone have information on Sally Tooke who lived in Batu-Gajah, Perak?. She (and I) were born in June 1941 at Batu-Gajah Hospital. We both returned to Malaya after the war was over. Her mother was called Nancy and her brother was called Robin. Her father worked for the Geological Survey Department. Thank you

Christine Edmondson (nee Bean)

edmomike44@aol.com


John Corner enquiry
I am trying to find out about three people who visited my late fathers house at 30, Cluny Road, Singapore, on February  8th 1942. My father, EJH Corner, was Assistant Director of the Straits Settlements Botanic Gardens, 1929 to 1942. They are Mike Ash, Dr Reid and Julie Napper, who were at the house with Jim and Penelope Landon - see David Wingate`s article in the recent MVG newsletter Apa Khabar.
Also I want to find out about Mr Chan Chen Swee, known as Charlie, and his wife Alice. Post war they had a successful Import business in Singapore and I know had a daughter Eunice Chan who continued that business for many years. It was originally in Cecil Street and called CCS Trading moving to No 2, Alexandra Road, Delta House, No 06-029, Singapore, in July 1991.
Any information gratefully received.
John Corner 

Thomas Regan  FMSVF/Petaling Tin, Perak

I am just starting out to research my great uncle Thomas Regan who was working in Perak at the beginning of the war. I believe he was working for Petaling Tin Company. He wrote home about joining the Volunteer Force and I suppose he would have been in the Perak Volunteer Force. My Grandmother tried to find out what happened to her brother, the Red Cross could not help and hoped he was a POW and the Colonial Office wrote to inform her they had information from an unconfirmed source that Tom was killed along with five colleagues in Kantang (last seen 10 Dec 1941). Any information would be very gratefully received.
Mary Baxter
baxter.mary1[at]googlemail.com

William Wight Perak LDC + Wife Helen

Any other information on the Wights welcome. Is Mrs Wight's uniform MAS?

enquiryreplies@malayanvolunteersgroup.org.uk



Straits Settlements & Malayan Volunteers


My father Leslie K. James (1905-1996) was a Private in "B" (M.G.) Company, Penang & Province Wellesley Volunteer Corps in 1935-36 and in the Singapore Volunteer Force in 1936-37 while serving with the Chartered Bank in Penang and Singapore. After serving with the Bank in Kuching, Sarawak, where he met my mother, they married in Singapore in 1940 and returned to the UK. One of the witnesses at their marriage was W. Somerville. This may have been William Somerville, Gunner in FMS Volunteer Force who died 25 Aug 1942 as POW aged 41 (according to Commonwealth War Graves Commission records). If anyone has any information on W. Somerville or photographs that depict him or my father in the Volunteers, I should be most grateful.



A. William Hamilton / Penang Volunteers/Chinese Labour Corps 1917-1919 

I just discovered that my great grandfather served in the Penang Volunteers during World War 1, from 1915-16 and then with the Chinese Labour Corps In France 1917-19.  I have been at a loss until now to find out where he served.

Any information or suggestions on sources of further information would be greatly appreciated.

He was born in Milford, Co. Armagh, Ireland in 1870 and was a schoolmaster at Penang Free School, Straits Settlements from 1892 until 1928.

Regards
Jill

jfham1@gmail.com


David Warnock Harvey/David Harvey

My uncle David Warnock Harvey worked as an assistant manager at Bradwell estate Negri Sembilau and was in the FMSVF. He was taken from Changi in April 1943 and was part of F Force. He died at Kanchanaburi in December 1943. My grandfather was in Straits Steamship Company, retired before the war,but previosly a Master Mariner with them. He died in Penang Hospital in 1942.

Would anyone have any information about either my uncle or grandfather?

Jane Mackie

jfmackie100@hotmail.com

Jane is also seeking any information on her great grandfather John Campbell who died on 20th September 1915 aged 61 and is buried in Penang. He was a ships engineer and may have been involved in the events surrounding the Emden raid on Penang Harbour.


My father, Robert Lindsay McFarlane in the Singapore Volunteer Corps

I have a photo of my father in a group of men in uniform--on the back it says " SVC GOC inspections 3/4 Oct. 1931." I also have his pin for the "Singapore Volunteer Corps".

If anyone can add anything to this information i would appreciate it.

thanks,
Jean Bodlak
jeanhb@shaw.ca


Old Photos of Malaya

I am the creator of the Pengerang Battery website http://www.razcollection.com/pengerang/index.html and I am looking for more period photos of buildings, or street scenes from Malaya.

I am currently tracking down abandoned or empty pre war and post war buildings to photograph and research and looking for leads on other possible locations to follow up on, if they still exist that is.

This is my website for the project: http://www.razcollection.com/urbex/start.htm

I'm also planning a "before and after" gallery from period location photos which could turn out to be interesting.

So if you've anything to share please drop me a line.

best wishes
Raz

pengerang@hotmail.com


Sub Lt Charles Fittock, Malayan Royal Navy Vol. Reserve 1942

My Grandfather, Sub Lt Charles Fittock, Malayan Royal Navy Vol Reserve, after escaping from Singapore on HMS Grasshopper was last seen in Padang, Sumatra mid to late February 1942. He gave his Rolex watch to a person unknown in Padang and said "Please give this to my wife, Kuching, and tell her I will see her in Colombo".

If there is any person who might have heard of or even met my grandfather in Padang in late Feb 1942 can they please contact me.

Any information would be gratefully recieved.

Background information : Charles Fittock was a manager for Carreras in Singapore, he was also a member of The Tanglin Club in Singapore. He was able to evacuate his wife, Kuching and daughter Susan on a troop ship to Colombo shortly before the invasion of Singapore by virtue of the fact that he was a Sub Lieutenant in the Malayan Royal Naval Vol. Reserve.

Charles Hallinan

charlie.hallinan@gmail.com


Seeking information on Peter Stephens

MVG membert Bill Vowler is looking for childhood friend Peter Stephens whose father O.L. Stephens was PWD Malacca and elsewhere pre-and postwar. Peter was born c.1929 and returned to Malaya with Bill in 1940 on SS Sarpedon from Glasgow. We think this may be Peter Rowland Owen Stephens who was later in Malaya & Singapore through the 1950s. He had a younger sister, Shirley Ann.

Any information gratefully received by Bill at ww.cavowler@verizon.net


Richard [Dick] Bower, Johore Volunteer Engineers / Tanah Merah Estates Ltd, Johore

My great Uncle, Dick Bower was a UK national, (civilian) working on rubber plantations in Malaya prior to WW11. He became a POW of the Japanese, surviving the war and staying on to manage rubber plantations after the war. Can anyone help with information or ideas about where to go for information. Many thanks.

Bryce Dyer

dyerfamily@slingshot.co.nz


Baptism photo 1938 Klebang

This photo appeared in a 1938 edition of 'St Andrew's Outlook' the Presbyterian Church of Malaya magazine. It shows the baptism party of Malacca planter Aden McLeod's daughter Alison. We believe the Minister is Rev.Stephen Band who must have come up from Singapore for the baptism. Alison and her sister Rhona are particularly keen to establish the identity of others on the photo. Can anyone shed any light on this?

Morag Broomfield in Aberdeen very kindly supplied copies of 'St Andrew's Outlook.' Does anyone else have copies of this substantial and significant publication? More photos from Morag - daughter of CSM W. Carruthers FMSVF will soon appear on the Website.

Jonathan Moffatt

JonathanMoffatt@aol.com



British Military Railways in Singapore

Peter Chan in Singapore is doing a project on British Miltary Railways in Singapore. He would like contact with anyone who has knowledge on the subject or has old maps or photos of British military bases, camps or military railways in Singapore. He is particularly interested in a place called Tanjong Belayar where there was a pier for docking.

Please send any reponses to tb.brown@blueyonder.co.uk


Vera Ardmore of the Singapore Morning Tribune

Does anyone know what became of Vera Ardmore, the 'People & Places' social & personal columnist of the Singapore Morning Tribune? I understand she married an RAF officer called Stumm and was evacuated to Java in January 1942.

Any leads welcome.

Jonathan Moffatt

JonathanMoffatt@aol.com


Birth Certificate & Beyond

Many thanks to all who wrote to me, John Hay, about birth certificates in Penang. I have tried to reply to you all. Due to this help, the birth certificate problem seems to be on its way to a solution. This has produced a bigger problem. Am informed by consular authorities that I lost my status of British-by-birth in a 1983 act, thus my children born later than that have no rights to citizenship. This seems to mean that all those MCS families on duty, whose children were born in Penang (and Malaya? and Hong Kong) could not pass on their citizenship rights after 1983. Those whose children were born on leave, if back in the U.K., were not so deprived. Does anyone have experience of, or comments on, this remarkable disparagement of service in the MCS?

John Hay

johnhay50@yahoo.com

If anyone suspects they may also have lost "by-birth" status in 1983, they can find out by checking on their status at NGEnquiries@ind.homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk They will receive a quick, if not sympathetic, answer.


An Appeal for Material

I am a military/social historian (Ph.D., St. Andrews) and I am currently gathering material for an academic study of the day-to-day lives of POWs and Internees of the Japanese. Would it be possible to make an appeal for material - personal accounts/letters/diaries/artworks - through your organisation? I would be happy to respect the confidence of anyone who might wish to remain anonymous. I fear that the academic community has made very little contribution to this topic. I feel time is of the essence, and all sorts of information can make an important difference in a study of this nature, so I would be grateful for any assistance.
Yours Faithfully,
(Dr.) Chris Brown.
Kennoway, Fife, Scotland

the_lighthouse@btinternet.com


James Alexander McQueen, Penang Volunteers

My father went out to India as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1917 then served in the the Colonial Auxiliary Forces.Penang & Province Wellesley Volunteer Corps May 1926/1930. In the Second World War he was in India and Ceylon where I think he was a Major. He died in 1948 so I really didn't get to know him. Is there anyone out there who served with him and can give me any information about him? I also believe he had something to do with te plantations and rubber while in Penang. It would be lovely to know more about him.

Mrs Anne Campbell

Rann1@btinternet.com


First Aid Nursing Yeomanry

My Mother was a member of The Princes Royals Volunteer's known as First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (F.A.N.Y.)

On the surrender of The Japanese in the Far East she was sent with others of her unit to assist in the medical needs and repatriation of P.O.W's. They were some of the very first into Changi in Singapore. The Unit Headquarters in London has many records of the European Operation, but the record files of those on the Far East operation are empty, except for Name, date of joining and date of leaving !!!

Does anyone have any information on the F.A.N.Y unit in the Far East especially in the Singapore or at any of the Railway Camps?

Should you wish to view the web site you can find it by going to http://www.fany.org.uk/

Capt. John Bax. M.N. Ret.

Ixion@sympatico.ca


"Sunday Man"at the Pudu jail, Kuala Lumpur

My father was Constantine Roderick Martin. He was of Eurasian background and resided in Kuala Lumpur with his family before, during, and after the Japanese occupation. He worked at the Selangor Turf Club with a Mr. Ken Archer who was the administrative Secretary of the Club and a member of the FMSVF.
While Mr. Archer and other British POWs were confined at Pudu Jail, my father becsame their "Sunday Man" bringing them BBC news clandestinely, and other sustenance including a hidden radio that the prisoners were later able to take to Burma with them. He met up with some of them after the war ended.
Also he was recognized with commendations by the British government for his actions.
My father passed away in 1955.
I would like to know if anyone is still alive or if there are families of those prisoners who remember him. Just to contact and share memories.

I live in Tallahassee, Florida now.
Thank you.

Penny Young

youngpenfl@comcast.net


My father Capt HJ Kitchener (Jack)

I believe my father served in the FMSVF & Dalforce and would like to find out more about his service. He passed away 20 years ago and of course we rarely had time nor the inclination to talk about his service in Malaya. I would love to hear from anyone who knew him or heard of him.

Brian Kitchener

brian.kitchener@tiscali.co.uk


James Longwill WO II Signal Battalion FMSVF

As far as I know, my father, James Longwill, was in the Signal Battalion of the FMSVF and was serving in Malaya & Singapore from 1939 to 1942. Any information on his time in Malaya / FMSVF service welcome.

James longwill

james.longwill@btinternet.com


Fay Hamilton's dancing girls [2]

Any information on these girls or there present whereabouts most welcome.

 Audrey Trotter, Margaret Bill, Delvine Vines, Jennifer Joubert, Elizabeth Huggins, Joan Chester, Ruth-Jean Aaron, Janice AndreSeated L-R: Jean Purvis, Donna Faber, Frankie Edmonds, Linette Hilton, Shelagh Harvey, Thelma Squire, Eithne Dunne Standing L-R: Audrey Trotter, Margaret Bill, Delvine Vines, Jennifer Joubert, Elizabeth Huggins, Joan Chester, Ruth-Jean Aaron, Janice Andre

Responses to Stephanie Hess shess@worldonline.co.za


Birth Certificate Problems

I would be extremely grateful to anyone who has suggestions for a problem with a lost birth certificate. My father was Malayan Civil Service and I was born in Penang, in 1938. My father died in a Japanese POW camp. The Colonial Administration office tells me that they have searched all the relevant registers and do not find me, that they cannot help any further, and that I should contact the Malayan High Commission. I have done so but so far have not received a reply. The birth certificate is urgently required both for passport renewal and for registration as British subjects for family members. Has anyone dealt with a similar problem?

John Hay,

johnhay50@yahoo.com

P.O. Box 252
Davenport, CA. 95017, U.S.A.


Rolls Royce Armoured Cars in Malayan Service?

I am researching Rolls Royce armoured cars and came across information online mentioning Rolls Royce armoured cars in Malayan service.

I read the excellent article on your website regarding the Singapore Volunteer Armoured Car Company, but it does not mention the use of Rolls Royce armoured cars. Did this unit, or any other unit operating the the region, use Rolls Royce armoured cars?

Thank you,

Mark D. Cowan

Mark.Cowan@thc.state.tx.us


Captain Alfred Webb, 2FMSVF

Does anyone have any information or photographs of Captain Alfred Webb of 2 FMSVF? He was the padre of 2 FMSVF and before that, a minister of St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Selangor. He was in Changi and Chungkai POW camps and survived the war but did not return to St Andrew's.

Andrew Hwang

ac_hwang@yahoo.com


Photographs of Kuala Lumpur and Surroundings

I am seeking any photographs which show the terrain near Kuala Lumpur, especially the hills. I am commissioning a painting by a well-known aviation artist to depict the air battle over Kuala Lumpur on 22 Dec 42 and am keen to ensure the background geographic details are correct. Any assistance would be gratefully received.

Kind regards,
Mark Haselden
mark_rae@msn.com


Captain Cho Siow Lim / CQMS Tan Kim Tee, Malacca Volunteers

Andrew Hwang in Malaysia is seeking information on two relatives particularly in relation to the events of December 1941 to February 1942.

Both Captain Cho and CQMS Tan served in the Chinese Company, that is B Company 4SSVF.

Captain Cho, [who appears on the 4SSVF officers photo, stood 5th from left] was in civilian life the Manager of Bukit Kathil Rubber Estates Ltd. We now believe that he was killed by mortar fire on Cluny Hill, Singapore on February 13th 1942 and that CQMS Tan was a victim of the massacres of Chinese Volunteers on February 28th 1942.

Both Captain Ho and CQMS Tan appear in a much earlier photo - that of the Tay family on the MVG Website Gallery.

Any further information most welcome. Please send to Andrew at ac_hwang@yahoo.com


Miss Griff, staff and Tanglin School children 1932

Mason Nelson in New Zealand sent in this photo posted to him in later years by Miss Griffith-Jones.
Any identities welcome.

enquiryreplies@malayanvolunteersgroup.org.uk






Singapore Cricketers on SCC steps 1946

Can you help with identities and name the trophy?

enquiryreplies@malayanvolunteersgroup.org.uk

cricketcricket

CSM CHARLES HENRY CRABBE (1SSVF)

CSM Crabbe died at Wampo POW Camp on the 4th of January 1943. We have heard stories about him but never found anything about him in the SSVF. If there is anyone out there with any information on the 1st Battalion SSVF or any photographs of them, please can you mail them to me.. We have built up quite a picture of a man who was well liked and very much a do'er. We know of one particular feat in which he escaped from the Jap camp and got some pills for the medics without being caught but unfortunately we do not have the full story. He also worked for Fraser & Neave (Tiger Beer) and was also a prison warder at one point.

If anyone knows of any pictures we would be so grateful.

Darren Standen

dazza_stan@yahoo.co.uk


Mrs. Doris Eileen Mary Toms. nee Doris Eileen Mary Ironside Bax.

Princess Royals Volunteers, First Aid Nursing Yeomanry. (F.A.N.Y.) Service No 19385

I am looking for any information regarding my Mother's service in the Far East and in particular in Thailand/Singapore at the time of the release and repatriation of P.O.Ws from both Thailand camps and Singapore. My Mother married H.J.C.K.Toms who was a P.O.W. Details of him can be seen on a separate posting on this site.

The H.Q. of the unit has no records of any of the personnel who served in the Far East at the time of Japan's surrender and who were involved in the well being of the released P.O.Ws The only information available from their service files is the date of joining and the date of leaving together with their service number.

If you can assist I would be very grateful to know a bit more about the personnel from this unit who went down through Thailand/Burma and Singapore. We know they were there as they show up in camp records.

My Mother was originally in the ATS and from there went to Princess Royals and from there as a volunteer to F.A.N.Y.

We have them in Rangoon and it is also believed they were the only batch sent to Burma and then went on down through the Thai railway Camps ending up in Singapore and was one of the first through the gates at Changi. We know Harry Toms Ex POW both came back to U.K. from Singapore on one of the repatriation ships to U.K.

It's quite possible she met him at the camp of Kanchanaburi as medical teams were moving in there in September 1945....... but how did she keep Harry Toms with her all the way down and back to Changi?

If you can assist I would be very grateful, anything, however slight that may be connected with them or the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (F.A.N.Y.) is of interest to me. I was serving in the Merchant Navy (Blue Funnel Line) when she passed away, so by the time I got home at was all over and the information I am seeking now was gone.

Please contact me at Bluefunnel@sympatico.ca.

Capt John Bax. Retd.


H.J.C.K. Toms. Straits Steamship Company. Singapore.

TOMS H.J.C.K. [Henry John Cecil Kelway] �Harry� born 1901 Loughborough. Joined Mansfields 1928. Manager/Marine Superintendent Mansfield's/ Straits Steamship Company. Lieut. Singapore Royal Artillery. (Volunteer) P.O.W. (Changi) on 15th February.1942

Employees of Straits Steamship Company that had volunteered to stay behind were H.J.C.K. Toms (Marine Superintendent) and F.S.Gibson. R.F.W. Leonard and D.Richardson.

Upon his release and after recovery from internment and working on the Burma Railway he became Chairman of Straits Steamship Co. Organized rehabilitation of the Company; built Somerville Flats, Holland Rd for Straits officers. Played a leading part in founding Malayan Airways. Left Singapore for London 1955 to work for his old firm of 1919, Mark Whitwell [Shipbrokers] Ltd. Also a member of Advisory Council, Overseas Service.

He died 28.4.72 Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading.

Somewhere along the line between his release and repatriation possibly on repatriation ships Tegelberg/ Nieuw Holland or Cilicia to U.K.from Singapore or possibly at Kanchanaburi Camp, he met my Mother who was serving with The Princess Royals Volunteers . The First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (F.A.N.Y.) who will be the subject of a separate enquiry on this web site, so please read on.

Any information, however slight, that, you feel may be related to Harry Toms, or any other members of staff that volunteered to stay and thus became P.O.W's.will be greatly appreciated.

Please contact me at Bluefunnel@sympatico.ca.

Thank you.

Capt. John Bax. (Member MVG.)

Ex: Blue Funnel Line and Straits Steamship Co,


Charles Sharkey, Singapore Volunteers

I am trying to find out information on a Charles Sharkey whom was a Lieutenant in the Singapore Volunteer Regiment. I have no other details apart from that he had a son Charles Terence Sharkey who was born around 1922 and who got married in Carlisle in the 1940s.

Unfortunately I don't have any other details which makes it difficult to search.

Jackie Mctaggart

jacquelinemctaggart@yahoo.co.uk


Rubber Planter George Park Barnet

My grandfather George Barnet was a rubber planter in Negri Sembilan/ Selangor/Segamat area, Johore Malaya before World War 2. He married my grandmother, Ebba Herlin a Swedish Masseuse in Malaya and had 3 children, John Harold, George Patrick and Eleanor Kathleen, all born at the European Hospital In Kuala Lumpur, Malaya.

If anyone knows anything about this family I would love to hear. George was taken prisoner by the Japanese during the war and spent most of the war in a concentration camp [Changi < Sime Rd internee].

Helen Messenger

helen.messenger@btinternet.com


Lt Harold Lewis Page [1907-1943] 4SSVF Malacca

Harold, my father was a planter and a member of the Malacca Volunteers. He was a prisoner at the Burma Rangoon Railway. I would like to know what happened to him. Please advise me by email. Thanking you in anticipation.

George G Page

gpage.perth@ljhcommercial.com.au


Singapore Royal Artillery (Volunteers) postwar

I would be grateful for any information on the Singapore Royal Artillery (Volunteers) c. 1952 particularly relating to Lt Guy Edmund Thompson who served at this time.

Norman Grantham

normang@tiscali.co.uk


OCTU Malaya 1941?

Malcolm Read sent in this photo which includes his father and appears to be an OCTU course or similar. A number of the staff are identifiable Argylls and Gordon Highlanders including Major Denne, CO OCTU Malaya which was based at Changi. Note white trimmings on the men's caps. Any information/identities welcome.

enquiryreplies@malayanvolunteersgroup.org.uk


TANGLIN SCHOOL CHILDREN 1947

Ian Stitt sent in these photos of Tanglin children 1947. Any identifications welcome.

enquiryreplies@malayanvolunteersgroup.org.uk


1007 Sgt D.A. David, Kedah Volunteer Force

I'd welcome any information on my father D.A. David who served in the Kedah Volunteer Force, and I am interested to know if such a unit did contribute during the Japanese invasion on Malaya? I have some buttons of the unit My father was working at the Harvard Estate when he was called to serve.

Thank you.

Jothy David

jothydavid@yahoo.co.uk


FAY HAMILTON SCHOOL OF DANCING

My aunt, Eithne Dunne, was a pupil at the Fay Hamilton School of Dancing in the late 1930s till the end of 1941. I wonder does anyone know or remember anything about the school and it's owner Fay Hamilton (Mrs. F.C.H. Smith)?

I would also be very grateful for any information about the little girls named in the cutting taken from the Singapore Free Press.

Stephanie Hess

shess@worldonline.co.za






Alfed Edminson Dick, Planter

I would be interested to know if you have any information regarding my great grandfather who was a planter pre-1914 and at the Golden Hope Plantation, Klang, Selangor in the 1920s and 1930s. In 1914, aged 32, he enlisted in the Australian Light Horse Brigade and was a L/Sgt.

Family history implies he enlisted in the Straits Settlements Police, but I am not sure when of if this is correct.

Any direction/help would be gratefully appreciated.

Many thanks.

Suzanne Arnold

suzlee@leearn.wanadoo.co.uk


Captain Richard Aubrey Witham 2FMSVF

My grandfather Richard Aubrey Witham was in 1941 a planter at Bukit Raja Rubber Estate, Klang and formerly at Ulu Remis Estate, Layang Layang, Johore. He was a 2nd Lt and later Captain in FMSVF and a POW in Singapore and Thailand. We know that he was at Nong Pladuk in September 1944. He survived the war but was killed in an air disaster at Amsterdam 14.11.1946.

Any information about him or photos would be gratefully received.

Thank you
Regards

Offy Hawk

offyhawk@yahoo.com


James O'Dowd Egan, Planter & FMSVF 45 Reserve MT Company

James O'Dowd Egan was a private in the Federated Malay States Volunteer Force who died while held prisoner and is buried at the Chungkai War Cemetary.

His wife was Sylvia Doris Egan of Marylebone, London. She was evacuated on the Empress of Japan.

Any information on either one of these two people would be greatly appreciated.

Michael Egan

mjoegan@shaw.ca


JOHN HOWARD TYTE MSVR

Whilst researching my family history I have found reference to "John Howard Tyte officer commanding Malay States Volunteer Rifles". Do you have any information on him? He is my 1st cousin twice removed.

Many thanks

Eve Mills

eve@yjmills.wanadoo.co.uk


Penang Volunteers WW1?

I have marvellous photos of my grandfather William Charles Daniel in his uniform in Penang from c. 1910-1914. He was a hotelier, but apparently in whatever they were then. Territorials? Volunteers? Can you help?

Gwyneth Daniel

scavenge@ntlworld.com


Tracing my Grandfather

All I know of my grandfather was that he was a British planter based in Perak and was captured during WWII. His name was Frederick Boucher. I was told that he worked on the Burmese Railway and was evacuated to Perth immediately after the war, but died due to his bad condition. Details may not be accurate.

Any information about this is much appreciated.

Thanks.

D. Boucher

douglas.boucher@gmail.com


Phillip Holmes Glover / Changi

Hello, I am enquiring about some information on my father who was Pte P Glover of the FMSVF Reserve MT Company. He was captured and spent time in Changi. Do you have any information on him? He also spent time as a POW on Blakang Mati.

Ric Glover

sabbruzz@bigpond.net.au


Cpl Roy Alexander Moulton MM FMSVF Armoured Cars

I am presently attempting to gather information relating to 13534 Corporal Roy Alexander Moulton M.M. 25th.March 1910 - 28th April 1944. Fitter and Winchman. Southern TronohTin Dredging Ltd Tg. Tualong. Perak. Joined F.M.S.V.F. Armoured Car Unit. D Battalion POW Singapore to Thailand 12.10.42. Badly wounded (Shot through both Hands ???); responsible for saving live of commanding officer and others (hence M.M.) Little else known at this stage. Any information would be of great help.

Roy G.Moulton.

rcmoult@alphalink.com.au


FMSVF Railway Operating and Maintenance Company

I am a retired third generation railwayman from Peninsula Malaysia and in the old days, this would be known as British Malaya.

I am now writing a book on railway life and work. One of the chapter deals with the railway sappers. In the present day context, these railway sappers are associated with the Malaysian Army's Engineering Corps and is purely a volunteer Force made up railway staff. Whilst researching, I only managed to find out that a railway volunteer Force was raised in 1915 called the 'Railway Institute Platoon' but it was disbanded in 1917. No reasons for its disbandment were given. But I also understand that there was a railway volunteer force called the 'Railway Operating and Maintenance Company' between the two world war years. They were mobilsed in the final days of the Japanese invasion of Malaya and the went out of existence when the British surrendered in Singapore.

I would appreciate any information that you may be able to share with me.

Louis Vincent

vlvl5056@yahoo.com


William Charles Blair

I am tracing my partners family history but we only have a photo of his father dated Sept.1941 when he was serving in the Royal Engineers, Malaya.

He was also a Japanese prisoner of war. Can you help me in any way to trace more information on him.

Regards

Carol Drew

caziedrew@aol.com


Joe Speelman 1904-1991

Roberta Ward in Australia writes:

I am seeking more information on my Great Uncle, Joe Speelman, who was born in Russia in 1904 and became a British Citizen in 1933. He was a cellist in the 'Raffles Hotel Orchestra' and was also a member of 'Nick's Dance 6'. He was in the Singapore Volunteers Unit and was a POW with the D Battalion on the Thai-Burma Rail. He survived the 'Rakuyo Maru' sinking and was in Japan at the end of WWII. From 1953-1971 he was the Secretary/Manager of the Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpur and also taught at Taylor's College in KL in the 1970s. He died in Kuala Lumpur in 1991

Any replies through enquiryreplies@malayanvolunteersgroup.org.uk

Joe Speelman 1904-1991Joe Speelman 1904-1991


FMSVF Light Battery photo

Does anyone recognise these Gunners? We only know that stood back right is Sgt Michael Stephens.

enquiryreplies@malayanvolunteersgroup.org.uk


Sgt Reginald Sydney Missen 4FMSVF

What information do you have about my relative who was either killed in action or killed whilst a POW of the Japanese in WW2:

Reginald Sidney MISSEN is listed among the Commonwealth War Dead between 03/09/1939 and 31/12/1947 while serving as a Sergeant with the Federated Malay States Volunteer Force, 4th (Pahang) Battalion.

Although he is Australian, he is recorded in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as nationality of the United Kingdom, and hence he does not appear in any records of the Australian War Memorial. In fact I can�t find him in any records anywhere, and he deserves more than that.

Any help that you can give is greatly appreciated.

And importantly from a personal family point of view, any information that you can provide about his service, why he was in Malaya in the first place, and any information about his death, is greatly appreciated.

Harold Peacock

hazz@bigpond.net.au


FMSVF Light Battery

Does any one have any information about the Selangor, Section, of the FMSVF Light Battery? Names of Officers & Gunners, or photographs?

I was Gunner 18435 and received a Mention in Despatches. On the fall of Singapore I returned to KL and later joined Force 136, and would like to make contact with anyone who served with me.

George Hesse

geohesse@bigpond.net.au


Anyone for Cricket?

Can anyone shed any light regarding this photo? Maybe Penang? Who and when?



enquiryreplies@malayanvolunteersgroup.org.uk

MVAF Aircraft

I'm researching the use of aircraft by the MVAF throughout the Malayan campaign 1941-42 and the retreat into the NEI.

This interest has been prompted by my restoration of a 1935 vintage Avro Cadet. The machine is the oldest of its type and of the 13 worldwide survivors it now make 4 that are airworthy. My machine is an ex-RAAF trainer but a number of the type were used "on ops" by the MVAF. I intend to put together a book pertaining to the history of the Cadet, and I believe that there is a major untold story about the MVAF yet to be told.

Any data pertaining to the MVAF, particularly recollections and photographs would be welcomed.

Little did I know that during my RAAF service (Penang / Butterworth in the 1980's) that I would have a "recurrent connection" with the location twenty years later!

Regards

Darryl Hill
Senior Training Captain
Cathay Pacific Airways
Hong Kong
hillyhkg@netvigator.com


2nd Lt. Richard Peall 2FMSVF

I'm hoping someone may have some information about my Grandfather Richard 'Dick' Peall who was a 2nd Lt. in the Selangor Battalion of the FMSVF and was killed on the 15th February 1942 near/in Singapore. If anyone has any information please drop me a line. My mother who lives in Western Australia will be making a visit to UK in May 07 and is hoping to do research about her father while she is over.
Thank you.

Jacquie Mackay

jacquiemackay@yahoo.com.au


Sgt Robert Chan

I am trying to discover whether my wife's grandfather, Sergeant Robert Chan (1896?-1941) served in the Malayan Volunteers. According to the family he was in the British Army and travelled to France in the First World War. I have also seen a service medal for Iraq.

Thanks for any help or pointers

Bruce Macfarlane

bruce.macfarlane[at]tvu.ac.uk


Malayan Hospitals & Clinics c.1957

I am a medical doctor currently working with the Malaysian Ministry of Health. I am interested to find out more on the life and experiences of medical doctors working in Malayan Hospital and Clinics circa 1957. I intend to write it up and publish it in the Malaysian Family Physician in conjunction with Malaysia's 50th Independence Day this year.

I will be very grateful if anyone can provide me with information, contacts, personal accounts and photographs.

Mimi

drmimiomar@hotmail.com


Vernon Walter Trevethan MVAF

Val Trevethan val-t@bigpond.com writes: My father Verner Walter Trevethan, pilot, died in action 18 December 1941 at Ipoh. I have located a memorial to Verner and others at Kranji War Graves Cemetry. On the same plaque is the name F/Sgt Cleaverly. I too was a driver airframe for about 34 years and to the best of my knowledge never had a shot fired at me.

I have the details of the aircraft that my father perished in. It was a De Haviland DH89a, VR-SAV, c/n 6360 Dragon Rapide in I believe, ambulance markings based in Singapore. I have never been able to establish the truth of his death. Friendly fire aided and abetted by a Japanese bombing raid runs a popular first.

During my 15 years in the RAAF I had friends and associates based at Butterworth make trips to Ipoh in vain attempts to find a burial site. I thought perhaps that you may be able to shed some light on this issue.Information on Verner may not be easy to find. He had a very short RAAF career, operated Junker tri motors in PNG for a period then he joined the Malayan Volunteer Air Force. From what I remember as a child my mother received no war widow assistance from the British or Australian governments. I guess his various histories were too short to create an issue.

Any information on Verner Walter Trevethan most welcome.


Uniforms of Volunteers

Here are several references to colours for FMSVF units in the summary history. I would appreciate any information on MVF uniforms and any guidance as to source material. Were colours actually worn by the volunteers e.g. patches?

I am trying to illustrate as many Empire/Commonwealth volunteer units and the Malayan area is not well covered in available texts. Thank you for your consideration and an excellent site.

Sean Ryan

semibrde@yahoo.com.au


Tanglin Cameron Highlands

MVG member John Warden writes: "I attended Tanglin Cameron Highlands for about 2 years before it closed in 1941 and would be very interested to hear from any contemporaries. My particular friend was Graham Hodgkins (Hedgehog). Others I remember were John Arbuthnot, Ian Pierce, Anne Steed and Audrey Waters. Group photo below."



john@warden1633.fsnet.co.uk

Henry Price Wales H.P. Private 3SSVF

My uncle was a member of the 3rd (Penang & Province Wellesley Volunteer Corps) Battalion Straits Settlements Volunteer Force in Singapore. Service # 4810.

He is listed on the Singapore Memorial as casualty type: Commonwealth War Dead with a date of death of 6/8/44. Age 29.

My father died when I was very young from brain cancer and I never knew my Uncle. Any information that I could obtain about this particular unit would be very special to my sister and I. Even if it has nothing to do with my Uncle.

I understand that my grandparents were never able to find any information about his death or, circumstances and then they also lost their second son (my father). This was pre-internet so it is our hope that we can track down something, anything to connect us with him.

Thank you so very much for anything, no matter how small you could share.

Giselle Wales

giselle@aga.net


Vowler family / Tanglin School, Cameron Highlands

I was born in 1928 in Malacca and was only just 12 in February 1942 when I left with my parents. My Father "Tim" Vowler was manager of Batang Malaka Estate from 1926 and MVC. My parents retired to Malacca, Klebang, in the early 1950s We spent the war in South Africa _ Durban. I would be fascinated to find out more of my contemporarys __ mid 1930s when I was in Tanglin school in the Cameron Highlands __ Miss Griffith-Jones. We were evacuated on the Empress of Japan. My Brother, young "Tim" was in Changi __ FMSVF POW. Also if there are any contemporary's of my parents, or Tim's I would love to make contact with them. I now reside in Oxford, Maryland. USA.
I was known as "Billy" in my early school days.

Very sincerely, Bill Vowler.

ww.cavowler[at]verizon.net


Harold Edwin MacKenzie

Harold was my uncle. Arrived in Malaya in 1926. In Johore from 1928. Rubber planter at Ulu Tiram Estate. Between 1930-40 was with Johore Volunteer Engineers. Between 1940-42 was South Johore Group Commander. I know he later in 1951 became Dato and left Malaya in 1955. I'm looking for any info on him. Did they wear uniform ? Did they have a cap badge? Where can I obtain one ? (to put with his other medals (WWI with the A&SH ) and Decorations?) His wife Margaret is now in her late 90's.

MacKenzie

germanica@tiscali.co.uk


Dudley Griffith Owen JVE

Can anyone provide any information on Dudley Griffith Owen irrigation engineer Malaya, member of the Johore Volunteer Engineers No 1214 captured Singapore.

Any information would be appreciated.

Robyn Aitchison

robyn@thedowerhouse.co.uk


Fitzpatrick 1st Bn FMSVF

I'm doing research for my website on St Michael's Institution, Ipoh. This a boys school and I came across a mention that one teacher, Mr Fitzpatrick was a volunteer in the 1st Bn (Perak) FMSVF. He was reported killed in Kampar during the Battle of Kampar. I can't find any mention of him except one that names a Earnest Edward Fitzpatrick on the Singapore Memorial in the commonwealth graves commision website.

You will find him in a photo of the school staff on my page here http://quisutdeus.bravehost.com/photos.html

I would be happy if someone can shed some light as to what happened to him. My intention is to write about him on a page to commemorate him on a page within my website. As a teacher, he saw it fit to fight in the war and it would be good history for the school to remember him as a hero, someone they can relate to as being a teacher in a their school.

I would appreciate photos of him, if any.

Thank you very much.

Anthony Morris

morrismusic@gmail.com


Alexander William Miller, Johore Volunteer Engineers (JVE) Sapper 998 born Lambeth, UK 06.03.04

Prior to the War, Alex Miller worked as a Vehicle Licensing Officer, Batu Phata, Johore, starting about 1937. His wife Marie "Merlin" Mahon died of cancer in Muar 19.02.41. Colleagues at the Johore Licensing Office include J.H. Keen and H.G. Brooks. J.H. Keen was also in the JVE, but died 15.05.43 incaptivity.

I seek:

  1. Information and history of the JVE;
  2. Information on Alexander William Miller before, during and after the War;
  3. Information on H.G. Brooks, his wife Betty Brooks and their daughter;
  4. Information on J.H. Keen, his wife Caroline and children Irene or Allan;
  5. Contact information for possible living survivors from JVE.

I have photographs of Miller and Brooks, plus a group photo taken Christmas 1938 probably at 14 Straits View, Johore Bahru, Johore, Malaya.

Thank you in advance.
Scott E. Hayes, Amateur Historian, Oregon, USA
smhayes8888@msn.com


CAPTAIN SIDNEY BADDELEY, Straits Steamship Company

Any recollections or information regarding Sid Baddeley most welcome. He was a prisonaer in Sumatra and Japan. We are particularly keen to locate a report he wrote in 1945.

Any information to Philip Baddeley

philip@baddeley.com


THE GREETHAM FAMILY

My parents (George and Elizabeth Bean) of Batu- Gajah, Perak were friendly with the Greethams and the Dons before the War. In fact the Greethams were present at their wedding in Ipoh on 7.2.1940 - Margaret Greetham was a witness and I think that their daughter, Jennifer Greetham was a bridesmaid. I have a photo of the wedding and would be happy to send a copy to any member of the Greetham family.
I'm not sure but it's possible that my mother and Anna Don shared accomodation in Rockingham, Perth, W Australia in 1942/3 together with myself and Anna Don's daughter.

Any information of this family welcome.

EDMOMIKE44@aol.com

Christine Edmondson


Searching For A Book

I am trying to obtain a copy of Mary Thomas' "In the Shadow of the Rising Sun" published by Maruzen Asia in 1983. The ISBN number is 9971-954-14-1. I would be very grateful for any help.

shess@worldonline.co.za

Stephanie Hess


ROBERT GUY YOUNG

Robert Guy Young was my great Uncle. He returned to Malaya with his wife Margaret Davidson and had a son.

We cannot find any information about them after the war but family history says they escaped to Australia and that there son was killed in WWII and he was in the Air Force but again I cannot find anything about him. He may be R.G. YOUNG JP Planter Manager, Karak Estate ,Bentong and Sungei Engun Rubber estate, Pahang - 1931,1933,1935 and 1940 Directories and may have been in the Malayan Volunteers but as he was an officer in the RAF in WWI the Private in the MV may not be him. Any guidance would be appreciated.

macdhaibhidh@blueyonder.co.uk

Drew Davidson


JOHORE VOLUNTEERS

I would be glad to have any information re Volunteers in Johore and their role, especially since one of, if not the, last battle on the mainland was fought on and around my father John Harper Ball's rubber estate at Mengkibol, Layang Layang.

ros.henry@btinternet.com

Ros Henry


SSVF Norman Bigelow no.5415

Hello,
I am seeking more information on the SSVF and my Uncle, Norman Percival Bigelow (born Bright, Victoria, Australia 1907). He enlisted under the SSVF, 3rd Battalion (Penang & Province Wellesley) service no. 5415 as a Gunner. He was an engineer, and I believe he was working for a general merchant house in Penang called "Henry Waugh & Co". Any information would be appreciated.
Regards, Anthony

anthonybigelow@hotmail.com


Federated Malay States Volunteer Force

My late father, Ho Pan Thong, was a member of the 8th Platoon, B Company, FMSVF Perak. He died during the Japanese occupation of Malaya. Understandably, any evidence of his volunteer status was dangerous to his family and I thus have no memento of his volunteer service. If any reader of this note has any group photo of my dad's platoon, I'd be so appreciative if they would email it to me and I would see if I could spot my dad in it.

ivanho284@gmail.com

Ivan Ho




Federated Malay States Volunteer Force


LT COLONEL BERTIE J. EATON OBE

Richard Morris, grandson of Colonel Eaton of Kuala Lumpur and the Selangor Volunteers is seeking any information on his grandfather who was a Director of the Rubber Research Institute and left Malaya in 1935. Richard can be contacted at MORRIS1856@aol.com