Torch : Communist Terrorist

Place Asia: Malaya
Accession Number RELAWM40113
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Physical description Chrome-plated brass, Cotton, Glass, Rubber
Location Main Bld: Korea, Malaya & Indonesia Gallery: Lower Level: Malayan Emergency
Maker Eveready
Place made China: Hong Kong
Date made c 1950-1956
Conflict Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960

Chrome-plated brass torch with a 260 mm white cotton wrist strap. The top surface of the torch body has a sliding on-off switch with the impressed word 'OFF' exposed when it is in the rear position. In front of the switch is a circular press-button enabling the light to be 'flashed'. The rear screw-cap covering the battery compartment is impressed with the words 'EVEREADY TRADE-MARK MADE IN HONG KONG'. The front lens section can also be unscrewed, exposing the bulb. There is a rubber gasket fitted between the glass lens and the cap. Behind the lens are a series of Chinese characters scratched into the chrome finish. There are several splashes of olive green paint on the body of the torch.

History / Summary

Torch taken from the first Communist Terrorist killed by Australian forces in Malaya. This action would have occurred in January or early February 1956 when 2 Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment commenced operations in southern Kedah as part of Operation 'Deuce'.