ID numberELL/58/0283/MC
Collection typePhotograph
Object typeBlack & white - Film original negative 120 safety base
MakerElliot, T
Place madeMalaya: Perak, Sungei Siput
Date madeNovember 1958
DescriptionMembers of 3 Platoon, A Company, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), marching across a wooden bridge towards their company lines, as they return from a jungle patrol. Three Platoon members found suspicious tracks while on a reconnaissance patrol through the Kuncha valley area near Sungei Siput and prompt action from the Platoon Commander, Sergeant Kevin Jeppsen, enabled the Battalion's tracking team to be on the trail within two hours of the initial discovery. A group of senior Communist terrorists (CT) were found by the tracking team, and in the ensuing firefight, three of them were killed by the Australians, including a district committee member who was a participant in the murder of the British High Commissioner, Sir Henry Gurney, in 1951. No Australians were wounded in the action. Identified personnel include from left to right: Private (Pte) ? O'Grady carrying a Remington shotgun, Section Leader John (Jack) Sydney Catton, a local tracker, unidentified, and Pte Sullivan carrying a Bren gun. The remainder are unidentified.