|Object type||Black & white - Print silver gelatin|
|Place made||Borneo: North Borneo|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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Informal portrait of Dita Bala, Kelabit penghulu (chief), from Long Dati and Major Gordon Senior ...
Informal portrait of Dita Bala, Kelabit penghulu (chief), from Long Dati and Major Gordon Senior 'Toby' Carter, a New Zealand member of the Special Operations Executive (SOE), code named Inter Allied Services Department. Major Carter was a leading member of the Borneo local underground movement after he was inserted by parachute drop on 16 April 1945 with seven other members of Z Special Unit to the Baram River area, near Long Akah. At the end of the war, Dita Bala was awarded two medals by the Allied forces in recognition of his services: the Pacific Star and the King George medal. He was also given a medal with a deer insignia on it and a Mark 5 rifle by the Semut Commandos. In 1947 Carter was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his service in Sarawak.