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Terendak Garrison - 28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade

The 28th Commonwelath Infantry Brigade epitomises the Commonwealth effort in the Far East and the service that the Pingat Jasa Malaysia seeks to acknowledge. Consisting of one British Battalion,

28 Commonwealth Infantry Brigade, Shoulder Flash

one Australian, one New Zealand and one Gurkha Battalion with supporting units from all those countries, the Brigade established a long and illustrious history. Formed in 1954, it was eventually disbanded in Singapore in 1974 having spent over a decade in Terendak Garrison, Malacca, Malaysia.

This Brigade trained and supplied units for service in Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam. Elements also saw service in Thailand.

Yet many of the men who served in this iconic Brigade in Malaysia have not, despite what the British Government is trying to tell you, received any recognition for their service. Many who do not have a British medal are entitled to the PJM but only the British citizens will not be given permission to wear it! Why? Because eight unelected people who form a British Government QUANGO, working in secrecy which they call "Honours in Confidence", have decided that they should not have that privilege!

The shoulder flash pictured above belongs to Ken Mackenzie, an Aussie ex 208 Sigs of 28 Bde, who went on to serve in Vietnam and then Cambodia (with the UN). Take some time out and enjoy a visit to the 208 web site and read more about this Signals Squadron that was part of 28 Comwel Brigade - the unit that always was, and always gave, "Something Extra".

We'll post stories and images here but we wanted to open the page with a picture of the Memorial to The Missing that stands in the Military Cemetery at Terendak, now a Malaysian Garrison.

These men, from many units that served in Malaya and Borneo, were killed and their bodies were never found. They have no known grave but are "Known Unto God".

Memorial to The Missing
Memorial to The Missing - Terendak Garrison



Paul Carver contacted us last year when he was planning a visit to Terendak Garrison in Malacca. I asked him if he would visit the Cemetery and place a Poppy Cross for me. Please spend a little time viewing the images that Paul took. I think they'll bring back many memories ... of those we left behind.












Here are some of Barry's aerial photographs taken from the bubble cockpit of a 28 Bde Sioux Helicopter.

Army Otter bringing mail to Terendak
Army Otter bringing mail to Terendak

Terendak Garrison Community Center
Terendak Garrison Community Center

British Military Hospital - Terendak
British Military Hospital - Terendak

Terendak Garrison looking inland (East) from the coast
Terendak Garrison looking inland (East) from the coast

Terendak Garrison - the Malacca Straits looking south
Terendak Garrison - the Malacca Straits looking south

Army Otter bringing mail to Terendak
Military Cemetery - Terendak Garrison
(where lies Major Peter Badcoe VC - his award was won in Vietnam)


Laurie Bean, who now lives in Malaysia, has kindly sent us these four images. They are of the RAF Detachment in Terendak Garrison. As I recall they were perched majestically on top of a hill after which the Garrison got its name (a terendak was the conical hat worn by local people).

The RAF Detachment workshop tent is nearest the camera. The rest tent is behind it.

A close up of the rest tent. Note the 'air conditioning' - both, yes both, side flaps open to allow a free circulation of air!

This piccie shows the radar gear, an AN/UPS1 and the comms cabin - the RAF blue thing with a tarp over the top. Next to that is our standby power source, a Houchin gennie. The grey brick building was our ops room with the radar display within.

This last image shows the bosses tent nearest the camera with a stores tent behind.

Thanks for these excellent images, Laurie. I am sure our readers will be very interested to see them.

An Update from Malacca

Our friend Nagei who served in the British Army and in the Royal Army Medical Corps (see his story at has sent this update on the Hospital in Terendak Garrison:

"Dear Barry,

The Military Hospital Terendak was handed over to the Malaysian Armed Forces on the 15th February 1970. It is now the 94 Armed Forces Hospital.

Its present Commanding Officer, Brig Gen (Dr) Arichandra s/o Nadarajah, has produced a book on the history of this (MHT-94AFH) Hospital.

The 540-page book covers a period of 40 years from 1964 to 2004, with the British era from May 1964 to February 1970 (page 1 to 80 only) and the Malaysian Armed Forces era from 1970 to 2004.

Regretfully, we the RAMC had not thought about writing a book on the history of our own MHT.

When the ‘Fight4the PJM’ is over, I would like to suggest that you produce a book on the history of the Commonwealth Era 1957 to 1970 of the Terendak Camp!



[Ed: There is a book, "Something Extra - 28 Commonwealth Brigade 1951-1974", H B Eaton, ISBN 1 85821 049 6, that readers may find of interest.]

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And here are some comments we've received:

Subject =Terendak Garrison

Comment=I served with the 1st Bn Scots Guards in Terendak from Sept 1964 until Feb 1967 With 2 tours in Borneo Sarawak and Sabah. I was a drummer bugler in the corps of drums and a war dog handler in Borneo. When my wife and child joined me we stayed at the Bukit Baruh estate. The photos bring back memories of the St andrews Club, the Church, Commonwealth pool etc. We revisited in 1995 when attending a wedding in KL and persuaded the Malay RP to let our driver tour the camp. Oh what a difference - all mature and fully grown trees etc where it was virtually brand new for us.Thanks.

(Cameron Buchanan, UK - contact details supplied)

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Subject =Terendak Garrison

Comment=Hi there,

Don't forget us "Blue Jobs" that were at Terendak from 1964 to 1968. I spent 14 months on the small RAF radar unit that was on top of the Bukit (*). The unit disbanded on 1 April 1968 and the equipment was pulled out just after that. We finally left the camp on 28 April 1968.

I think the Brigadier was glad to see the back of us.

I still have some photos from that time.

I revisited the camp 2 years ago to lay a wreath at the Memorial Wall for the next of kin of an RAF pilot who disappeared in March 1952.

.(LaurieB, UK - contact details supplied)

(* Ed: On the north side of the Mall running through Terendak Garrison was a hill the shape of the 'terendak', the conical hat worn by local people. It was used to keep RAF blokes out of mischief - and away from our supplies of Tiger - and to test out fitness when we had to run up it during the annual PE tests)

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Subject =Terendak Garrison

Comment=I was at 3 Squadron RCT (Flying 21) 1968-1970 and helped to clear a lot of the quarters and ship the contents down to Singapore. My son was born in the hospital at Terendak and my wife and I are returning to Malayasia in September this year and are hoping to obtain a permit to go onto Terenadak Camp. Does anyone know if this is easy or not. I would like to visit the cemetry as a friend of mine is buried there.

[Ed: We have sent you some info on obtaining permission to enter the Garrison - it's possible if you allow plenty of time]

(CC, UK - name and contact details supplied)

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Subject =Terendak Garrison

Comment=I was with the 103.Fd.Bty Royal Australian Artillery, attached to 26.Fd.Regt. R.A and then 45.Fd.Regt. R.A. from late 1961 to late 1963. I had many a good night/weekend at Cyrano's and the Sydney Bar at the Main gate, as well as many good times in Malacca, K.L. and Singapore. My thanks for your site and the memories.

UBIQUE and Good Luck

(Laurie Skinner, Gympie, Australia - contact details supplied)

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Subject =Terendak Garrison

Message=I was in Malaya from about 1964-1966, a signaller attached to the Brits. Hoping to hear from men who served at the same time, especially with the Gurkhas.

(Peter (Gino) Bolding, Australia - contact details supplied)

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Subject =Terendak Garrison - Memorial to the Missing

Message=I was delighted to learn recently,through a relative with Internet sleuth skills, of the memorial wall at Terandak that has the name of my father RW Richardson Flt Lt RAF who went missing with others in a plane accident 30.8.50. My mother and I had no idea of any recognition of his death anywhere, or who I should contact to thank for establishing the memorial. I have been told that there are no rememberance days at Terandak but I wonder how other families of people on this memorial find out about it and if they too wish to visit. I noted a comment from someone laying a wreath for a pilot who died in 1952 and would be very keen to hear of his experience. GA

(Gale Austin - contact details supplied)

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