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'Limbang Hostage Rescue'

Wednesday, December 12, 1962

Location

Limbang
Sarawak
4° 46' 17.4324" N, 114° 58' 26.76" E
In December 1962 a revolt broke out in Brunei, North Borneo, and 42 Commando, in Singapore at the time, was flown to Labuan and given the task of clearing Brunei Bay. 
 
'L' Company was detached to try to release eight European hostages, including a district officer, from the town of Limbang, which was held by a strong force of rebels. 
 

FORMOY, Ronald David

Mne Ronald David Formoy 42 Commando
42 Cdo. RM

Marine Ronald Formoy, Lima Company, died during an action which resulted in the rescue of hostages taken and held at Limbang, Sarwak.

Sources
AFM ROH.
[Image] Special Forces ROH website.
 
Notes

Four other Commandos from 'L' Company also died - see names below.

JENNINGS, Richard

Mne Richard Jennings 42 Commando
42 Cdo. RM

Marine Richard Jennings, Lima Company, died during an action which resulted in the rescue of hostages taken and held at Limbang, Sarwak.

Sources
AFM ROH.
[Image] Special Forces ROH website.
 
Notes
Four other Commandos from 'L' Company also died - see names below.
 

KIERANS, Gerald

42 Cdo. RM

Marine Gerald Kierans, Lima Company, from Widnes, died during an action which resulted in the rescue of hostages taken and held at Limbang, Sarawak.

Sources
AFM ROH.
[Image] His sister Estelle Hart.

Notes
Four other Commandos from 'L' Company also died - see names below.
Additional images of the funeral of Marine Kierans are in the Gallery [view....].
 

LESTER, William John

42 Cdo. RM
Corporal William Lester was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in operations. He was in 5 troop, one of two sections of the Commando that assaulted Limbang Police Station, Sarwak, on the 12th December 1962 to release hostages being held there. Five Marines from his Commando died during this operation.
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 43009, page 4693.

MACFARLANE, Walter Grant

Sergeant Walter Macfarlane 42 Commando
42 Cdo. RM

Sergeant Walter Macfarlane, Lima Company, from Middlesborough, died during an action which resulted in the rescue of hostages taken and held at Limbang, Sarwak.

Source: AFM ROH.
[Image] Newcastle Journal - Thursday 13 December 1962. British Newspaper Archive (britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board.
Image © Trinity Mirror.
 
Notes
Four other Commandos from 'L' Company also died - see names below.
 

MOORE, John Jeremy

John Jeremy Moore
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Major General John Jeremy Moore served as the commander of the British land forces during the Falklands War in 1982.
  • Lieutenant - awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service with 40 Commando RM in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952 [1].
  • Captain - awarded a Bar to the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service whilst Commander of 'L' Company 42 Commando RM during a hostage rescue operation at Limbang, Sarawak, on the 12th December 1962 [2].

POWELL, Fred Stewart

42 Cdo. RM

Marine Fred Powell, Lima Company, died during an action which resulted in the rescue of hostages taken and held at Limbang, Sarwak.

Sources: AFM ROH.
 
Notes
Four others from 'L' Company also died - see names below.
 

RAWLINSON, Robert Croft

42 Cdo. RM
Corporal Robert Rawlinson was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in operations. He commanded one of the two sections of the Commando that assaulted Limbang Police Station, Sarwak, on the 12th December 1962 to release hostages being held there. Cpl. Rawlinson was wounded during this operation in which five other Marines died. 
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp, 43009, page 4693.
National Archives file WO 373/127/98.
 

WATERS, Peter, S.

Lieutenant Peter S. Waters 42 Commando
42 Cdo. RM

Lieutenant Peter Waters, second in command Lima Company, was wounded in the hostage rescue at Limbang, Malaysia, on 12 December 1962. 

Sources
CVA Gallery photos of the unveiling of the Memorial Plaque at Limbang.
 

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