Telling their stories

Last updated 05:00 24/04/2010
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Veterans are a tough interview. Their experiences are kept between themselves, they rarely tell others. With patience, from a cold start they warm up and tell their stories. After all they were there. Jared Morgan reports.

ANZAC 2010, soldiers of South-East Asia
We remember the forgotten conflicts
Fighting for recognition: 'The forgotten army'
Telling their stories: A sense of brotherhood
Service left a mark: Malaya, Gordon Branks
Kiwis held in high esteem: Malaysia, Brian Duncan
Memories will go to the grave: Malaya, Ken Barton
Health problems: Borneo, Neil Hogan
A hard slog: Malaya, Rangi Rickard
Work hard and play hard: Malaya, Fred Ryan
Serving an adventure: Malaya, Colin Rooney
Plenty of eyes in the jungle: Malaya, Des Weavers
Families well looked after: Malaya, Graeme Henderson
Fancy an overseas trip?: Malaya, Alan Waldron
Memories of ambush remain: Malaya, Clive Locker
'Emergency' dragged on for 12 years
Not all are allowed to wear their badge of honour

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There's a sense of brotherhood among Southern veterans of Malaya and Borneo.

That kinship, forged in the jungle, is not without sibling rivalry.

The Malayan Emergency was long, compounded by the Indonesian Confrontation, the New Zealand experience spans almost 20 years, but concentrated between 1957 and 1966.

Those that went first are irked by later troops who call themselves "The Originals''.

The Battalion that arrived in 1963 was given the label simply because it was the first to have the word "Royal'' added.

And between the 1st, 2nd and 1st Royal battalions disagreements exist over who saw the most action. Put the disagreements aside and you get the southern story.

Here the veterans are candid, speaking openly about action on, and off, the frontlines.

Our coverage includes stories, photographs and audio slideshows. If you see a familiar face in any of the photos, feel free to share that person's story by leaving a comment on the story.

- The Southland Times


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