The band of 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR), with black fabric covers fitted ...

Accession Number P05001.004
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print other than silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Place made Malaya: Perak, Sungei Siput
Date made c June 1956
Conflict Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright unknown - orphaned work

Description

The band of 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR), with black fabric covers fitted over their drums, play and march in the procession for the funerals of 2/2836 Corporal John Norman Allan, 1/3693 Private (Pte) Geoffrey Clyde Fritz and 1/3207 Pte Cedric Charles Ingra, all from 1 Platoon, A Company, 2RAR, who were all killed on 22 June 1956 in an action known as the Sungei Siput pipeline ambush. This ambush was set by up to 25 Communist Terrorist (CT's) from the 13/15th Platoon along a frontage of approximately 100 yards on a heavily foliated slope which is adjacent to a track that ran alongside the pipeline which lead from the Sungei Bemban reservoir to Sungei Siput. The Australian patrol, led by Cpl Allan were returning to their patrol base which was only 50 yards further along the track when the Communists opened fire with automatic weapons and detonated a homemade mine buried in the track. Cpl Allan was killed by gunfire and Pte Fritz was badly wounded but managed to return fire before he died. Pte Inga, attached to another patrol group was killed attempting to flank the enemy. Three other Australians were wounded in the action before the CT's were dispersed. Two Communists were killed with more wounded and a small amount of weapons were captured by the Australians.

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