'A' Company Dog Section 1st Royal Lincolnshire Regt.
9th June 2009
I have recently come across my father's photo album from the time he spent in Malaya. If you would like a copy of the photo's I would be more than willing to scan them and forward them to you. I have enclosed one as a sample. My father was Private James Melvyn Brown, known as 'Mel' .'A' Company Dog Section 1st Royal Lincolnshire Regt.
The photographs on this page were all recieved from David Brown.
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Brian Short tells me that, in Malaya in the '50s, each patrol was assigned a dog handler. As visibility in the dense jungle was only about 5 yards, the dogs were used to sniff out the enemy. Dog handlers were issued with a shot gun which fired ball bearings, of mixed sizes, which would cut a target in half at a range of 25 yards. To enable the dogs to work, and because of the formidable fire-power of the shotguns, the dog handlers were usually the first man in any patrol.
Both the dogs and their handlers were trained at Melton Mowbray. On arrival in the Far East, the dogs completed their training, after a period of acclimatization.