In January and February, Company patrolling continued plus
several large sweeps in estates conducted as Battalion operations
- two CTs were killed, and one member of 'D' company wounded. A
'C' Company patrol had a contact in thick oil palms, and a
female armed CT running away, was captured by an English
planter with his two Malayan Police escorts after an exchange of
fire. She gave much useful information resulting in the
surrender of three more CTs and the virtual elimination of the
Rengam Communist Branch. The Malayan Government amnesty had
ended on the 8th February. Battalion HQ which had been based at
Kota Tinggi, now moved to join Tactical HQ at Simpang Rengam in
the lines of a pineapple estate.
In April the Battalion was ordered to Singapore at short notice,
in anticipation of civilian rioting; first based in overcrowded conditions and tents at Nee Soon Garrison where Internal Security training and planning took
place. Later when riots failed to materialise, the Battalion was
ordered to move to Selarang Barracks and take over permanent
Internal Security duties from 1st King's Own Scottish Borderers.
In mid-June, as the situation was quieter in Singapore, the
Queen's were authorised to deploy three Companies in South Johore
for counter-CT operations, while the remainder of the Battalion
remained at Selarang; thus responsible both to GOC Singapore District for
immediate call-out in case of emergency, and to GOC 17 Gurkha
Division and Commander 99 Gurkha Infantry Brigade for the Geylang
Patah, Pontian and part of Kulai Districts. Tactical HQ and 'D'
Company (Major E B G Clowes) were established at Tampoi, 'A'
Company (Major J B C Palmer) at Linden Rubber Estate, and 'B'
(Major A C Lynch-Staunton) at Pekan Nanas Pineapple Estate.
On 6th July a six man patrol of 'B' Company under Sergeant Isaac,
had a major success. In the thick undergrowth of a rubber
estate, L/Corporal Hughes who was leading, indicated silently
that CTs were ahead. Sergeant Isaac silently deployed the patrol
into extended line and ordered 'Charge'. Four CTs started to run
away firing as they went. Sergeant Isaac completely ignored
their fire, halted his men 20 yards from the CTs and ordered
'Fire'. One CT fell but appeared to be about to throw a grenade
so was dealt with by Private Cooper. The patrol continued to
advance firing at intervals, and had killed three more CTs when
there was a shout that Private J A Purves had been hit. He and
Private Millhouse had pursued and shot a fifth CT, who in falling
had shot Purves who later died. By resolute and skilful action
this small patrol had killed five CTs, but its success was
shadowed by the loss of Purves, who was buried with full Military
Honours in Singapore the next day. Sergeant Isaac was awarded
the Military Medal.
In July, RSM J B Simmons MBE MC left the Battalion after 10 years
of outstanding service as RSM, Originally in the Royal Sussex
Regiment, he was posted to 1st Queen's in May 1944, and fought at
Jail Hill, Kohima and all subsequent battles until the end of the
War, being awarded the Military Cross. He was succeeded by RSM N
At the Malaya Command Rifle Meeting the Battalion again achieved
considerable success - the Team led by Lieutenant Sharpe were
champion British unit out of 13 teams, 3rd out of 30 in the all-
unit championship, won the Falling Plate competition in record
time, and the Revolver. The Jungle Range Team led by
2/Lieutenant J V Warner-Johnson did very well to come fourth in
the jungle shooting against strong competition from the Gurkha
and Malay teams with much longer jungle experience.
At the end of October serious disturbances occurred in Singapore
following Government closure of two large schools. The pupils
under left wing influence refused to leave, and when it was
decided to turn them out by force, rioting broke out. That part
of the Battalion at Selarang received orders to deploy at 2200hrs
on 25th October, and the same order was passed to Tactical HQ at
Tampoi. By 0400hrs the whole Battalion less 'A' Company and one
platoon each of 'B' and 'D' Companies all in deep jungle, were in
pre-planned position in Singapore. Those in the jungle were
contacted at first light on the 26th when radio communication
became possible, some were then ferried out by helicopter and
some marched: all were at their allotted positions in Singapore
by 1800hrs that day.
At 0630hrs on 26th October the schools were cleared by the Police
and large unruly crowds appeared on the streets. Half the Battalion manned pre-arranged strong points at important road intersections, while the remainder was held in reserve at strategic points. Rioting increased and attacks were made and damage caused all over the Island. Several times Companies and
Platoons had to move against the rioters who were quick to
disperse, although on occasion it was necessary to fire a few
shots. The Battalion remained on duty mainly enforcing the
curfew until 2nd November, when it returned to barracks, and
shortly afterwards Johore operations were resumed.
The Battalion was now standing by to depart Malaya, but the Suez
Crisis delayed the sailing date. At Christmas the whole
Battalion was concentrated at Selarang in the Internal Security
role, and on 31st December the Johore operational area and camps
were handed over to 2nd Royal Welch Fusiliers. However, three
Companies at a time were sent for operations in deep jungle -
for six to ten days each, either moving on foot, by helicopter,
or river boat, and supplied by air.