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Chris Boonzaier

Naming on GSM

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Hi, I have one with a Malaya Bar,

the naming is

43076 S C ISHAK.B.NGAH OMAR F.of.M. Pol

 

I assume Special Constable Ishak B Ngah Omar Federation of Malaya Police ?

Thanks

Chris

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Chris,

Could be Senior Constable but otherwise spot on I think.

Simon

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Hi, I have also one, with bar Malaya, named to a Chinese; 2046 Teh Meng Seng. C,L.C.  (a komma after the C) I bought it long time ago and must admit that I never tried to find out what those initials meant, but I guess this is a good opportunity to do so. If anyone can help me, many thanks.

regards, Pieter

 

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Pieter,

The unit shown on your General Service Medal is the Civil Liaison Corps. A civilian force staffed by locals, Chinese, Malay, Dayaks etc and raised to render support services (in particular translators, trackers, guides, etc) to the military and police forces during the Malaya Emergency. An aggregate of 28 days service earned the recipient the medal and clasp.

There should be a period (full-stop) after the first letter letter C, not a comma, however this particular medal and clasp issue was notorious for errors in naming / corrections, so nothing unusual there - indeed fairly typical and I have seen this to the C.L.C. in the past

Quite often medals seen named to C.L.C., have descriptions that either claim or suggest that the recipient was a member of 'Ferret Force' - a very short lived specialist 'Counter-Insurgency' unit (of which a few C.L.C. members served 'attached' to as tranlators / guides), however any members of the C.L.C. that served in Ferret Force were in the 'minority'. Medals to members of C.L.C. that served with 'Ferret Force' have the prefix FF preceding the number - if there is no prefix then you can be sure that a recipient was not a member of Ferret Force.

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Mark

 

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Hallo Mark,

thank you very much for this very useful information. I could check google on the C.L.C. and learned more about it. As it was established in 1952, it corresponds with the young Queen Elisabeth head I have on my medal. 

There is no prefix before the number. Thanks again and best regards,

Pieter

 

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