61 years since the Malayan Emergency - Remembered

On the Sunday of May Bank Holiday weekend veterans of the East Anglian Regiment gathered at the Regtl Memorial to mark 61 years since the official end of the Malayan Emergency. The East Anglians have gathered annually as a group to commemorate fallen comrades and to catch up with old comrades.

This year’s ceremony took place in beautiful sunshine, the veterans were greeted on arrival by the Royal Anglian Museum Curator, Melissa Kozlenko.

Melissa and museum volunteer, ex-Viking, Matt Gadsby served tea, coffee and cake to the veterans and their supporting relatives. With the sound of Spitfires flying overhead, the assembled Malaya veterans enjoyed catching up with each other in the sunshine.

Later in the morning, the focus shifted to commemoration, the veterans and families assembled at the Regtl Memorial to carry out a simple act of remembrance.

The exhortation was given by Ted Rawlings, after a two-minute silence, a Malayan Veterans wreath was laid by Richard Faulkner.  Finally, the Deputy Regtl Secretary,  Major (Retired) Mike Peters laid a wreath on behalf of the Colonel of the Regiment, and All Ranks of The Royal Anglian Regiment.

Once the ceremony was complete the veterans stayed on to enjoy the flying and to visit the Royal Anglian Regiment Museum.

Royal Anglian Regiment Museum