This battle honour was awarded for participation in operations in Johore, the southern state of Malaya. Having quickly advanced down the Malaya Peninsula, Australian, British, and Indian troops fought a series of delaying and rearguard actions, as they withdrew to Singapore Island. The battle honour includes the ambushes at Gemas (14–15 January 1942) and Jemaluang (26–27 January 1942), and the bitter fighting at Muar (16–23 January 1942).