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Rediscovery (3)

I’m having great fun at the moment trying to select the photographs for my book on the Malayan Emergency.

Going back through my files, I have rediscovered an album belonging to a member of 5 Platoon, ‘B’ Company, of 1 Suffolk, who served there between 1951 and 1953. Whats fascinating me, is the clarity of these tiny little photographs considering that most measure just 40x40mm and we’re taken under extremes of lighting in the depths of the jungle.

Here in this snapshot, you can see the detail of this member of the platoon, including what pattern of shirt he is wearing (for the anoraks amongst us, a 1947 pattern in shade SCC19) and even more fascinating, the shield badge of ‘B’ Company on his jungle hat (‘B’ Company had a yellow/organ he shield with a red line running through it and a black ‘B’ on top).

Next week will be very busy at work with an audit, but I am so looking forward to getting it over and done with, and onto scanning some of these photographs next weekend.


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