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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. 
 

CAMERON, Angus Arthur

3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Mentioned in Despatches

Corporal Angus Cameron received a Mention in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in operations in Brunei during the period 8-22 December 1962.

Sources
London Gazette 43009 page 4693.
 

FORMOY, Ronald David

Mne Ronald David Formoy 42 Commando
42 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds

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.

KIERANS, Gerald

42 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds

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.

MOORE, John Jeremy

John Jeremy Moore
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Military Cross (MC)
Bar to the Military Cross
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].

POWELL, Fred Stewart

42 Cdo. RM
Killed in action or died of wounds

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
Military Medal (MM)
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. 
 

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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