Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 General Service Medal 1918-1962 General Service Medal 1962-  Australian Service Medal 1945-1975 Australian Defence Medal National Service Medal 1951-1972, (150 Nashos served during the Konfontasi, 2 of whom died while serving!) Pingat Jasa Malaysia, a medal issued by the Malaysian Government in recognition of service by Commonwealth Forces during the Malayan Emergency and the Indonesian Konfontasi!


            

"For information about the 2014 Malaysian Pilgrimage dates...please go to the Tasmanian webpage by "clicking" the NMBVAA(Tas)Inc button above."             We thank you for your comradeship during 2012 and look forward to working with you during 2013, for the benefit of ALL members!
                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lest we forget...

            


Let us remember with pride and gratitude,
all those who fell in the service of their country
and in the cause of freedom for the
peoples of South East Asia.


    Lest we forget...    

Kenanglah dengan penuh kebanggaan dan kesyukuran kepada

mereka yang gugur semasa berkhidmat untuk negara

dalam memperjuangkan kebebasan rakyat di Asia Tenggara.

Andai nya kita terlupa...



"For our tomorrows, they gave their todays".

            


            




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association (NSW) Inc.


    

We are seeking new members. Ordinary membership is open to all ex-service personnel who served in Malaya, Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, Brunei, East Timor and areas which surround,
as well as, members of the Defence Forces of Australia, Britain armed forces of allied countries from WW2 through to the present day.
Associate membership will be given to wives and family members of Ordinary and service members. Please contact any of the Office-bearers listed below.

NSW Executives

          


Position Name email Phone Branch Address
President Tony Farina pfa.farina@gmail.com (02)43404160 State 5 McCutchenSt Kariong 2250
V/President Peter Huber peterandelly@internode.on.net (02)49426069 State 34 Burns St Redhead 2290
Secretary Henrik Buba JP rrshjb@bigpond.com (02)49665987 State 3 Christie Rd Tarro 2322
Treasurer Neil Williams State Unit 9 14/16 Park Avenue Burwood 2134
Media/Web Andy Gallagher 2countryfo;k@gmail.com 0430954577 State PO Box 77 Clarence Town 2321
President John Mather (02)43655919 Brisbane Waters 21 Windermere Dr Terrigal 2260
Secretary Joyce Coleman Brisbane Waters 33 Papala Ave Bateau Bay 2261
Treasurer Geoff Turner (02)43413347 Brisbane Waters 61 Hobart Ave Umina Beach 2257
President Peter Huber peterandelly@internode.on.net (02)49426069 Newcastle and Districts 34 Burns St Redhead 2290
V/President Philip Goldsworthy (02)49659169 Newcastle and Districts 2/2 Marquis Close Valentine 2280
Secretary Hendrik Buba rrshjb@bigpond.com (02)49665987 Newcastle and Districts 3 Christie Rd Tarro 2322
Treasurer Vince Broady vince.brody@gmail.com (02)49828565 Newcastle and Districts 30 Bottle Brush Ave Medowie 2318




Newcastle meeting dates

Date Venue Time
Wednesday 30th January 2013 Mayfield Diggers RSL 5.30pm
Wednesday 27th March 2013 Mayfield Diggers RSL 5.30pm
Wednesday 29th May 2013 Mayfield Diggers RSL 5.30pm
Wednesday 31st July 2013 Mayfield Diggers RSL 5.30pm
Wednesday 25th September 2013 Mayfield Diggers RSL 5.30pm
Wednesday 27th November 2013 - Xmas bash! Mayfield Diggers RSL 5.30pm




        Vale    












Brisbane Waters Memorial Plaque Dedication at Woy Woy NSW May 2010.

Some of the distinguished guests attending the service!



















 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association (Qld) Inc.

    

We are seeking new members. Ordinary membership is open to all ex-service personnel who served in Malaya, Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, Brunei, East Timor and areas which surround,
as well as, members of the Defence Forces of Australia, Britain armed forces of allied countries from WW2 through to the present day.
Associate membership will be given to wives and family members of Ordinary and service members. Please contact any of the Office-bearers listed below.

Queensland Executives

Position Name email Phone Branch Address
President David Kent davkay26@bigpond.com (07)54451987 State and Records PO Box 36 Buderim Qld 4556
Secretary Kaye Kent davkay26@bigpond.com (07)54451987 State and Records PO Box 36 Buderim Qld 4556
Treasurer Kevin Carter kevjud@tadaust.org.au/td> (07)54505653 State and Records 12/179 Ocean Dr Twin Waters Qld 4564
Public Officer John Trott johntrott@bigpond.com (07)54771409 State and Records 5 Barrier Buderim Qld 4556
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President Brian (Jake) Waldron-Lamotte bluedogs@lexinet.com.au (07)54934028 Sunshine Coast 143/2 Melody Court Warana Qld 4571
Secretary Ivor Rich ivorj44@aapt.net.au (07)54788712 Sunshine Coast 19 Starkey Rd Palmwoods Qld 4555
Treasurer Ivor Rich ivorj44@aapt.net.au (07)54788712 Sunshine Coast 19 Starkey Rd Palmwoods Qld 4555
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President Brian McGee bmcgee@tadaust.org.au (07)54768542 Brisbane Central 19 Nandewar Dr Buderim Qld 4556
V/President Fred Black fmblack@optusnet.com.au (07)3357 6178 Brisbane Central 76 Bowen Street Windsor Qld 4030
Secretary Bob Watson r_watson@optusnet.com.au (07)3349 0970 Brisbane Central 40 Nevern Street, Macgregor Qld 4109
Treasurer Erin Haines peteranderin@bigpond.com (07)3893 3371 Brisbane Central 33 St James Circuit, Heritage Park Qld




The Sunshine Coast Branch Meets every 4th Tuesday of the month
at Kawana Surf Club, Kawana. Commencing: 10.00hrs.


All are most welcome to our meetings.
Meeting dates for 2013 are:

Date Venue Time
Tuesday 26th February 2013 Kawana Surf Club, Kawana 10.00am
Tuesday 26th March 2013 Kawana Surf Club, Kawana 10.00am
Tuesday 23rd April 2013 Kawana Surf Club, Kawana 10.00am
Tuesday 28th May2013 Kawana Surf Club, Kawana 10.00am
Tuesday 25th June 2013 Kawana Surf Club, Kawana 10.00am


Sunshine Coast Branch Luncheons are the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 1200 hrs.
Venues are decided at the Branch Meeting by popular vote,
Venues vary, and move up and down the coast from Caloundra to Maroochydore
and out as far as Nambour, accommodating members as much as possible.

Attendance at the lunches is frequently very heavy, so let Judy
know you are coming, so numbers can be advised to the venue.

Just email Judy or phone her on (07)54505653
Judy Carter Committee (Lunches) NMBVAA Qld Inc. Sunshine Coast Branch

Sunshine Coast Branch Luncheon Dates!

Date Venue Time
Tuesday 14th May 2013 Northshore Tavern, Pacific Paradise 12.00hrs
Tuesday 11th June 2013 Surf Club, Caloundra 12.00hrs
Tuesday 9th July 2013 Mountain Creek Tavern, Mountain Creek 12.00hrs




The Brisbane Central Branch meeting dates for 2013

The NEW committee for the upcoming year as elected at our AGM.
1. President  Brian McGee
  2. Vice President Fred Black
3. Secretary Bob Watson
4. Treasurer Erin Haines
                 5. Membership/Communications Fred Black
                 6. Merchandise/Memorabilia Dick Bramley
                            7. Communications/Lunch Co-ordinator George Wilson
                    8. Committee Bob Watson and Bill Allingham


Lunch meetings for 2013!

We are now having our lunch meetings every MONTH!!!,
so please make a note in your diaries!


Date Time Venue
FEBRUARY: Wednesday 20th 11.00 - 12.00 Harlequin Jack, Softel Grand Central Hotel
Lower level, Central Railway Station
MARCH: Wednesday 13th MUST meet at 9,45am SHARP in front of Roma St Station,as ferry bookings
SET IN STEEL. Let Fred Black know if you are going ASAP !
Bus trip to STRADBROKE ISLAND.
APRIL: Thursday 25th ANZAC DAY march Brisbane City.(Information to follow) Followed by lunch at Gilhooley Hotel
124 Albert Street cnr Charlotte Street.
MAY: Wednesday 16th East's Leagues Club Main Ave Coorparoo.
JUNE: Wednesday 19th Yeronga Services Club, cnr Fairfield Rd and Kadumba St Ph 38480796
JULY: Wednesday 17th Transcontinental Hotel, 482 George St Brisbane.
(Opposite Roma Street Station).


For further information about the lunches,

LUNCH COORDINATOR: George Wilson - Ph (07) 3423 8191 or Mobile: 0404630607
or Email: georgemargaret@Gmail.com
Normal lunch meeting is 11.30 - 12.00hrs with DRESS: Casual.









  Read the 1st NMBVAA Newsletter dated 1995

  Read Qlds "Berita Newsletter" November 2009

  Read Qlds "Berita Newsletter" February 2010

  Read Qlds "Berita Newsletter" May 2010      

  Read Qlds "Berita Newsletter" August 2010  

  Read Qlds "Berita Newsletter" November 2010  

  Read Qlds "Berita Newsletter" February 2011  

  Read Qlds "Berita Newsletter" August 2012  

  Read Qlds "Berita Newsletter" November 2012  

  Read Qlds "Berita Newsletter" February 2013  



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association (Tas) Inc.

    
Please click flag to go to
Tasmania's own website!

We are seeking new members.Ordinary membership is open to all ex-service personnel who served in Malaya, Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, Brunei, East Timor and areas which surround,
as well as, members of the Defence Forces of Australia, Britain armed forces of allied countries from WW2 through to the present day.
Associate membership will be given to wives and family members of Ordinary and service members. Please contact any of the Office-bearers listed below.

Tasmanian Executives
2013/2014

Position Name email Phone Branch Address
President Geoff O'Hara gohara@tpg.com.au 03 6272 1225 State 22 Riverview Pde Rosetta Tas 7010
Vice President Noni O'Hara nonioh@hotmail.com 03 6272 1225 State 22 Riverview Pde Rosetta Tas 7010
Secretary Ken McNeill All correspondence to be forwarded to
The Secretary of NMBVAATASINC
U2/21 Scott St. Beauty Point Tas
7270
(03)6383 4677 State U2/21 Scott St. Beauty Point Tas 7270
Treasurer Russell Watson watson_cr@yahoo.com 03 6334 4412 State POBox 921 Launceston Tas 7250
Editor NMBVAATASINC
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Malayan Emergency and Indonesian Konfrontasi!





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Sandakan Death Marches were a series of forced marches from Sandakan to Ranau which resulted in the
deaths of more than 3,600 Indonesian civilian slave labourers and 2,400 Allied prisoners of war held captive
by the Empire of Japan during the Pacific campaign of World War II at prison camps in North Borneo.

By the end of the war, of all the prisoners who had been incarcerated at Sandakan and Ranau, only 6
Australians survived, all of whom had escaped. It is widely considered to be the single worst atrocity
suffered by Australian servicemen during the Second World War.


It is May 1945. Clad only in ragged loin-cloths, over 500 skeletal creatures, barely recognisable as human,
struggle to their feet at the Sandakan POW Compound, on Sabah's north-east coast. Three long years in
captivity, half of them on starvation rations and with little or no medical attention, have taken their toll.
The grimy, wasted bodies of these once fit and strapping Australian and British servicemen are covered
in sores and scabies, their filthy hair and beards matted and lice-infested.

Many are suffering from tropical ulcers, some so large that shin bones are clearly visible. Others,
bloated from beriberi, lumber along on sausage-like legs. They are bound for Ranau, a small village
on the flanks of Mt Kinabalu, South East Asia's highest peak, situated 250 kilometres away to the west,
in the rugged Borneo jungle interior.

All were members of a 2700-strong Allied contingent transferred to Sandakan by the Japanese in 1942-43,
following Singapore's fall. Their task? To construct a military airfield, using not much more than their
bare hands. For the first twelve months or so, conditions at Sandakan were tolerable. However, in mid
1943 the Japanese discovered that the POWs not only had a radio but were in league with a local
resistance organisation. The kempei-tai, or secret police, swooped. Arrests and transfers followed.
Discipline at Sandakan was tightened considerably and life became much more difficult for the
remaining 2,434 prisoners.

As the war ground on, conditions deteriorated. In late January 1945 the Japanese decided to
move 455 of the fittest prisoners to Jesselton (Kota Kinabalu) to act as coolie labourers -
only to halt them at Ranau, owing to Allied air activity on the west coast. At the end of May,
there was a second march from Sandakan and in mid-June a third, comprised of only 75 men.

As both sea and air were under the complete control of the Allies, a track had been cut through
the mountains, linking existing bridle-trails. Unaware that it was to be used by POWs, the local
headmen given the task of creating this track had deliberately routed it away from any habitation,
across the most inhospitable and difficult terrain possible.

There was no medical assistance and little food. Anyone who could not keep up was ‘disposed of'.
Despite this, about half the prisoners completed the march, only to die at Ranau from illness,
malnutrition and ill-treatment by their captors. Two Australians managed to escape in the early
stages of the second march with the help of villagers, and four more successfully escaped from
Ranau into the jungle, where they were cared for by local people.

Back at Sandakan, 200 prisoners unable undertake the second and third marches also died, bringing
the death toll there to about 1400. Of the 1000-odd prisoners who left on the death marches,
about half died in the attempt. The rest died at their destination.

The story of Sandakan and the death marches is one of the most tragic of World War Two.
It is also one of the most heroic. Despite appalling conditions, the prisoners never gave up.
Their heroism, their determination and their indomitable spirit are testimony to the strength
of the human spirit and an inspiration to all. Of the 2434 prisoners incarcerated at Sandakan,
1787 were Australian. The remaining 641 were British. The six Australians who escaped
were the sole survivors.


Acknowledgement is given to Tham Yan Kong for this brief overview of the Sandakan Death marches.
Thanks also to Lynette Silver, author of "Sandakan - A conspiracy of silence".




Newcastle Sub-Branch Sandakan Memorial Service 31st May 2009!



The Newcastle Sub-Branch of the National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association held its first
Sandakan memorial service on Sunday 31st May 2009, at the Sandakan Memorial located in
Maitland Park adjacent to the Maitland Railway Station.

The service was conducted by our State Chaplain, Eric Bell, with an address by the Maitland Mayor,
Cr Peter Blackmore. Tributes were laid at the Memorial, the 'Last Post' was sounded, and the service
concluded with the Odes of the RSL and NMBVAA being recited, followed with prayers by our Chaplain.

We were joined for the morning by our members from the Central Coast Sub-Branches,
and after the service, we retired to partake of a most wonderful BBQ,
cooked up by Frank and Renata.

We are all looking forward to an even bigger and better service next year.

















Newcastle Sub-Branch Sandakan service 30th May 2010!
















 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asbestos and Mesothelioma!


This advisory is offered as a service to our members because many of our Navy ships and other military equipment
came from the the United States, and many of our members MAY have served on or used such equipment.


According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are currently 25 million living
individuals who have served in the United States armed forces. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions
of these living Veterans were exposed to toxic asbestos-containing materials during their military
service. According to a revealing statistic, more than 30 percent of Personel beset with a terrible disease
called Mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos during military service.

What is
Mesothelioma? It is a rapacious cancer that attacks the internal lining of the lungs, abdomen and heart.

Widely used in EVERY military branch, asbestos was highly regarded for its heat resistance and fireproofing capabilities.
In fact, asbestos was so valued that the military even mandated widespread usage before eventually phasing out
the material in the 1970's. Most military divisions utilized the caustic substance mainly for insulation purposes,
but more than 300 products containing asbestos were used by the military, primarily by the Navy from the 1930's
through to the 1970's. Every ship and shipyard built by the Navy before the mid-70's was fitted with numerous
asbestos-containing materials.

Asbestos.com offers information on Mesothelioma and Veterans! as well as a complete list of occupations,
ships, and shipyards that could have put our Veterans at risk for developing a Mesothelioma desease.
Additionally, their Veterans Assistance Department offers extensive experience in filing VA claims and
can help any Veteran coping with Mesothelioma receive benefits from the VA system.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



On Sunday 28th November 2010, the Newcastle Sub-Branch of the
National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association of Australia,
New South Wales Inc.,paid honour to 27271 Sergeant Cecil Charles Anderson
Platoon Sergeant A Company 2Royal Australian Regiment.

Born on 6th May 1924, and educated in a Bundaberg orphanage,
Charlie was an Aboriginal farm worker when he enlisted in the AIF
in Gympie Queensland.

He served in the islands with the 2/2 Independent Company.
On discharge, Charlie worked as a fencer, iron worker, brewery
hand and trawlerman until he volunteered for service in Korea with
the 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment.

Charlie returned to Australia in May of 1952 and remained in the
Army as an instructor, mostly with National Service intakes.
On 30th October, he embarked on his 3rd war, this time as platoon
Sergeant of 2 Platoon, A Company 2Royal Australian Regiment for
service in Malaya during the Emergency.

By October 1955, when the 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment
arrived in Penang, the outcome of the Malayan Emergency was no
longer in doubt, although a lengthy mopping up stage followed,
largely undertaken by Australian troops.
2RAR crossed to the mainland in January 1956. Their work
consisted mostly of extensive patrolling and guarding rubber
plantations and villages.

It was during his platoons first contact with Communist terrorists on
4th March 1956, that he was mortally wounded by Thompson sub-machine
gun fire. As a result of his courageous leadership, Charlie was
posthumously Mentioned in Despatches.

In the recommendation for Honours and Awards it states:

On 4th March 1956, Sergeant Cecil Charles Anderson was
commanding a patrol of A Company 2RAR, in anti-communist
terrorist operations in the jungle south of Kulim.

Whilst leading his patrol, Sergeant Anderson was fired on at
close range by a sentry from a hidden terrorist camp and was seriously
wounded. Sergeant Anderson immediately returned fire and then
crawled to cover, from which position he controlled the action of his
patrol until the terrorists withdrew.

Although mortally wounded, Sergeant Anderson, by his calm and
courageous leadership, inspired his patrol in its first contact with
the terrorists and set the highest standard of personal courage.

Charlie passed away at 1600hrs before his platoon could get him
back to base, and he was buried in the Christian Cemetery in
Taiping, Perak, Malayasia. He was 32 years of age.

Not a large number of people are aware of the fact that many of our
Indigenous brothers fought and died for Australia, and so, we hope
by telling this story, soldiers like Charlie Anderson will be
remembered for the role they played in the defence forces of this country.

R.G.E.Betts, Pte
4 section 2 pltn
A Coy 2nd Bn RAR
(From his Biography states)...

"Our first fatal casualty was our Platoon Sergeant, Charlie Anderson."

"We were carrying out a one day patrol on the 4th March 1956 on a search and destroy,
when three C.T's laying in ambush, opened fire with their old Thomson sub machine
guns."

"Charlie received the full barrage of this ferocious gunfire;
he died before we could get him out for help."

"An Infantry Sergeant is one of the toughest jobs in the world,
and I still maintain to this day, that Australia lost a first class soldier
and a fine gentleman on the 4th March 1956."

He was indeed a role model for future generations, and with this small plaque,
we hope that his name will be remembered as a true Indigenous Warrior.

Charlie may lay in foreign soil, but he will be forever in our hearts,
and so he will always be home.

Welcome home Digger.