• Short Summary

    LIMBANG, SARAWAK, WHERE FIVE MARINE COMMANDOS WERE KILLED IN THE REBELLION LAST WEEK, WAS THE SCENE OF A NEWS CONFERENCE ON FRIDAY.

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    LIMBANG, SARAWAK, WHERE FIVE MARINE COMMANDOS WERE KILLED IN THE REBELLION LAST WEEK, WAS THE SCENE OF A NEWS CONFERENCE ON FRIDAY. MR. RICHARD MORRIS, THE BRITISH RESIDENT, TOLD REPORTERS OF HIS EXPERIENCES IN THE HANDS OF THE REBELS WHO WERE LED BY AN IMPRESSIVE, LONG-HAIRED AND BEARDED LEADER.

    MR. MORRIS SAID THAT WHEN 300 REBELS ATTACKED LIMBANG ON 8 DECEMBER, HE AND HIS WIFE WERE CAPTURED OUTSIDE THEIR HOME AND TAKEN TO THE POLICE STATION. HIS HANDS WERE TIED WITH FISHING-LINE, AND HE SHOWED REPORTERS THE MARKS STILL VISIBLE AROUND HIS WRISTS. HE REMAINED IN THE JAIL UNTIL THE REBELS WERE PERSUADED BY AN ENGLISHWOMAN TO TAKE MR. MORRIS AND HIS FELLOW PRISONERS TO THE DISPENSARY.

    CAPTURED DOCUMENTS SHOWED THAT IT WAS THE REBELS' INTENTION TO KILL SOME, IF NOT ALL, OF THE TEN EUROPEANS HELD PRISONER, ON THE MORNING OF 12 DECEMBER. AT FIRST LIGHT HOWEVER ROYAL MARINE COMMANDOS APPEARED IN LANDING CRAFT HEADING TOWARDS THE TOWN. A BRENGUN HAD BEEN FOUND IN THE POLICE-STATION AND THE REBELS OPENED UP ON THE ADVANCING COMMANDOS KILLING TWO. ALTHOUGH THE LANDING-CRAFT MOVED AWAY, THREE MORE BRITISH COMMANDOS WERE KILLED BEFORE THE DISPENSARY WAS WON.

    MR. MORRIS DENIED THE OFFICIAL REPORT THAT A NOOSE HAD BEEN PLACED AROUND HIS NECK OR THAT HAWKER HUNTER AIRCRAFT FRIGHTENED OFF THE REBELS. BY THE TIME THE AIRCRAFT CAME ALONG, HE HAD BEEN RELEASED BY THE MARINES. HE DID CONFIRM, HOWEVER, THAT THE BRITISH PRISONERS WERE USED AS SHIELDS WHEN THE REBELS STORMED THE POLICE STATION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4U9WDE27J10KBQRUOW3EDDLOB
    Media URN:
    VLVA4U9WDE27J10KBQRUOW3EDDLOB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/12/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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