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Cliff Marshall: Malaya 1955 - 1956

Photographs and text kindly supplied by Cliff Marshall.

18 January 2015

Background:     The 1st Battalion had served in Taiping (Malaya) in 1946, then were sent back to Lincoln. In 1948, whilst in Moascar, Egypt, the 1st Battalion and 2nd Battalion were merged. Between 1948 and 1955 they has postings to Aqaba (Jordan), Moascar (Egypt), Quorn Camp (Loughborough), Goslar (Germany), Brooke Barracks (Berlin) and Colchester, before returning to Malaya in August 1955.

In August 1955 the regiment was sent to Nee Soon (Singapore), then on to Kota Tinggi (Johore State, Malaya). In September 1955 they were posted to West Pahang with their HQ at Bentong, B company at Raub, D company at Benta, A company at Sabai, C company at Tekel and Kerdau.

In April 1956 the Lincolnshire Regiment had been moved to Negri Sembilan, with their HQ at Temerloh, and A company at Triang,
then in October 1956: Taiping, Perek;
December 1956: Sungei Siput area;
Feb 58: Johore State;
25 Jul 58: Sailed from Singapore on the ship 'Empire Fowey'

These notes, together with the limited information supplied by Cliff, tell us that he served in Kota Tinggi, Kampung Durian Tipus, Kuala Klawang and Triang in 1955/56.

Update: 10 May 2015

"My full name is John Clifford Marshall known as Cliff, my number was 23127099 and my rank was Lance Corporal.

I joined the army on the 24th March 1955 for 10 weeks training with Sherwood foresters in Derby as I m from Derbyshire.

After this we had a choice of signing for another year with the Foresters going to Germany or joining 1st battalion Royal Lincolns who were under strength going to Malaya.

I decided to join A companies platoon at Colchester in June 1955 before sailing from Liverpool on Empire Clyde to Singapore via the Suez Canal which took about 8 weeks."


Cliff Marshall & Sid Pyatt at Kota Tinggi Cliff Marshall & Sid Pyatt peeling spuds 3 Platoon Football Team Another A company Team. Left to Right: Cousins, Marshall, King, ?, Pepperdine, Balding. Front Row: ?, ?, Chapman, Hunt, ?, ?, Askill Columbo, Ware, Davis, Marshall, Rudkin, Steel, Lombard, Pyatt