Let us all remember that on the 22nd of October 1951 a convoy of Infantry Platoon from the 1st Regiment Queen’s Own Royal West Kent was ambushed by Communist Terrorists (CTs) at the Ulu Caledonian Estate, Batang Kali, Selangor.
The Platoon was in a 48 hours Jungle Patrols in Batang Kali Area. On their way while in the undulating terrain of the Rubber Estate the convoy was ambushed by the CTs. In this incident 12 soldiers were killed at spot while 4 others sustained injuries both of critical and serious in nature.
In the fire fight the British Platoon fought courageously and killed 5 CTs whose bodies were recovered at the ambush area while 3 CTs who were wounded was captured by the follow up group the next day. Blood-stained trails left by the CTs suggest that there were more CTs wounded.
The CTs had apparently planned this ambush for some time and in the follow up operations that followed a CT camp was found not far from the ambush area. This camp could accommodate more than one hundred CTs.
In this ambush which involved mostly soldiers from a Platoon of the 1st Battalion Queen’s Own Royal, West Kent Regiment one whole platoon was nearly wiped out in one action, there was only 3 or 4 of them left from the original Platoon!
Of these 3 or 4 only one, Mr Norman Martin is still alive and is now living in his hometown in Kent, England. Ex Pte Norman Martin 22442058 has written a Memoir of his experiences after being called for national service in 1951/53. Mr Norman had penned down his very memorable 2 years and eight months of time spent in the Malayan Jungles.
His memoir “THE DAY THE SUN STOPPED SHINING” is dedicated to his best mate A.G.LEPPER PTE 22442053. BERT as Mr Norman fondly him addressed him, was seriously wounded in the ambush and succumbed to his injuries 2 days later on the 24th October 1951.
THE QUEEN’S OWN
ROYAL WEST KENT REGT.
24TH OCTOBER 1951 AGE 19
THERE IS A PLACE
IN OUR HEARTS
WHERE DEAR SON
YOU WILL ALWAYS REMAIN
To those who perished in the 22nd October 1951 Ulu Caledonian Ambush
WE REMEMBER YOU. REST IN PEACE MATES.
For us all to remember them.
DATO AHMAD TEJUDDIN(NMBVA)