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The National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association of Australia

Did you serve with the Australian Defence Force between 1948 and 1960 in the Malayan Emergency, The Indonesian Confrontation, Rifle Company Butterworth, Ubon or in East Timor?

The National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association of Australia wishes to contact you in preparation for a possible reunion to be conducted in the near future.

Please contact:
Allen or Larraine Edwards (Former 2 Pl A Company 4 RAR)
07-3396 6705
0408 431 159

I have just read a portion of the December issue of The Fighting Fourth newsletter and it brings pride and mateship back to me. Makes you stop and ponder.

I am a proud member of 4RAR from 1995 to 1998 during its reformation years in Holsworthy, NSW

We were only called ‘Lids’ for a very short time, I can tell you, as the CO and NCO’s worked hard to get us into fighting condition; the forced marches, bush trips, jungle training, Butterworth deployment and ‘SPU Club’ functions all hold fond memories; the Cpl’s and Sgt’s from 1 RAR and 2 RAR that became our leaders AND mates you never forget. I remember we copped a lot of intimidation and muscle from the 3 RAR guys during those years as they were no longer the main Infantry battalion on the base, and not if but when, we bumped into them from time to time we gave as good as we got. (“Hook In”!).

And so the story continues in the 2nd Cdo Regt. I transferred at a time when most of my mates continued with commando training and I felt like I had lost face, that’s ok because it was the nature of the beast at that time, there was no room for error. This may sound stupid but you kind of feel like you’re missing half an arm even after all these years.

I was hoping the Association can help me get back in touch with my old buddies from 4 and 5 Platoons, B Company from those days. Since I got out in 1999 I have lost contact with the men that I called friends (mobile numbers no longer work, addresses no longer current). The riflemen of B Coy, 4 RAR during its re-raising in Holsworthy worked bloody hard to bring a combat readiness and pride back to a Fighting Unit that has a rich history of sacrifice and honour. That chapter should be remembered.

I know it’s been a long time since, but if any of you ‘Mountain Goats’ are out there, give me a call or email, just to say hi if nothing more.

Pte Craig ‘Spooga’ Barrow
(Former member of 4 Platoon B Coy 4 RAR, May 95 to Jan 98)

(02) 6033 5977