Southerners at War
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|
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.
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- The Southland Times