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Readers of the Catholic Leader during the period 1955 to 1980
"...the first Australian Army Unit to serve in Malaya in the fight against Communist Terrorism which commenced in 1948."
-By Wal Glynn (Maj)
In October 1955 the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) sailed to Malaya and disembarked at the Island of Penang. The Battalion was the first Australian Army Unit to serve in Malaya in the fight against Communist Terrorism which had commenced in 1948.
Some of the Battalion members were veterans of the Korean Conflict, but for the remainder (the majority) this was the first time they had been overseas. The Battalion went onto the mainland on January 1st 1956 and remained active until their replacement in September 1957. In that time 14 young men died and were buried in the Military Cemetery of Taiping.
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