Reunion Malaysia 2017
For service in Malaysia the Battery embarked in Sydney on the RNS Sir Lancelot, a British 'landing ship tank' loaded with stores as well as some troops, for transport to Singapore. The personnel in the Battery at this time composed approximately equal mix of National Servicemen and Regular Army members, and for a lot of these young men it was the first time they had been out of Australia. On arrival in Singapore the Battery was transported to Melaka by Train and thence to Bukit Terendak by vehicle, where the Battery commenced two year posting as part of 28 ANZUK Brigade from September 1967- September 1969.
The Battery operated over most of the Malay Peninsula combining both Artillery Firing and Infantry Patrolling. Whilst in Malaysia, a number of Battery members served on secondment for a time in both South Vietnam and Borneo.
50th Anniversary Malaysian Reunion
The concept for the anniversary return to Malaysia was developed at the Association’s 2012 Reunion in Darwin, following from a successful 2007 40th anniversary tour. Reunion planning was undertaken by Jon Eaton, with assistance from Secretary Hilton Lenard, President Warren Feakes and Noel Paterson. 107 Battery Association Reunion Malaysia 2017 attendance comprised 15 Battery veterans, 9 spouses, 7 adult children of veterans, 4 spouses and friends of the adult children and 2 grandchildren. One attendee visited his birthplace at Terendak, some fifty years earlier, during the Battery’s 1967-1969 tour of duty.
The tour group gathers in Singapore
Touring the Melaka river
On parade at Terendak War Cemetery for service to Major Peter Badcoe, VC. Peter was the first Battery Commander of 107 Battery, after rearising at Holsworthy in 1965. He was Killed in Action in 1968 in Vietnam when serving with the Australian Army Training Team.
Visiting the Malaysian Warriors’ Association (ebullient to our National RSL) headquarters at KL.
Gathered at the very top of the Cameron Highlands.
Steam boat dinner at Cameron Highlands.
The last night function at KL, note the ‘Tiger Towers’ on the tables
The Malaysian Tour organiser, Driver and Guide at the final function