• Short Summary

    THE FIRST BATTALION, ROYAL NEW ZEALAND INFANTRY REGIMENT, SAID FAREWELL YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) TO NEARLY HALF THE UNIT AT A CEREMONIAL PARADE.

  • Description

    THE FIRST BATTALION, ROYAL NEW ZEALAND INFANTRY REGIMENT, SAID FAREWELL YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) TO NEARLY HALF THE UNIT AT A CEREMONIAL PARADE. THE PARADE WAS HELD AT THE TERENDAK CAMP IN MALACCA, A COASTAL TOWN WEST OF MALAYA. THE 350 SOLDIERS ARE RETURNING TO NEW ZEALAND AFTER TWO YEARS SERVICE IN MALAYSIA. THEY WILL BE REPLACED BY MEN FROM THE BATTALION DEPOT IN BURNHAM, NEW ZEALAND, IN A LARGE AIRLIFT WHICH COMMENCES NEXT WEEK.

    DURING THEIR TOUR, THESE SOLDIERS WERE THE FIRST NEW ZEALANDERS TO SEE OPERATIONAL SERVICE SINCE THE MALAYAN EMERGENCY ENDED. THEY WERE DEPLOYED ON BORDER OPERATIONS AGAINST THE COMMUNISTS ALONG THE MALAYA-THAILAND BORDER AND WERE ENGAGED IN OPERATION AGAINST INDONESIAN INFILTRATORS AT PONTIAN, LABIS AND KESANG, SOUTHERN MALAYA.

    THE BATTALION HAD ALSO SEEN SERVICE IN MALAYSIAN BORNEO WHEN INDONESIAN CONFRONTATION WAS STEPPED UP IN THE TERRITORY. WHILE IN BORNEO, THEY WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WHOLE OF THE 2ND DIVISION OF SARAWAK. THEY RETURNED TO TERENDAK CAMP LAST MONTH.

    PERHAPS THE MOST PROUDEST OFFICER OF THE BATTALION WAS WARRANT OFFICER, D.P. O'CONNOR, OF TIMARU. THE OCCASION WAS WHEN BRIGADIER T.D.H. MCMEEKIN, COMMANDER 28 COMMONWEALTH BRIGADE, PINNED A MEDAL ON HIM.

    REVIEWING THE PARADE, BRIGADIER MACMEEKIN SAID: " IN EAST MALAYSIA, YOU HAVE EARNED A FIRST CLASS FIGHTING REPUTATION. YOUR HIGH STANDARD OF FITNESS AND TRAINING, HAVE OUT-PATROLLED, OUT-AMBUSHED, AND OUT-FOUGHT THE ENEMY. YOUR FIGHTING RECORD HAS BEEN FULLY WORTHY OF NEW ZEALAND, AND THIS IS PRAISE INDEED AS YOU WILL KNOW."

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1GAOHSH9SQXFVMRSKRWLVJ5NP
    Media URN:
    VLVA1GAOHSH9SQXFVMRSKRWLVJ5NP
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/11/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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