The Richard Schweder Collection of Medals for Campaigns in Malaysia

Date of Auction: 4th December 2008

Sold for £270

Estimate: £250 - £300

General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, Malaya, G.VI.R. (S.R.1024 Pte. E. Frankcom, S. Rhod. Mil. F.) very fine, scarce £250-300


Ex Upfill-Brown Collection, D.N.W. 4 December 1991.

Through appeals for volunteers in Rhodesia to serve in the Far East with other Commonwealth troops, a new formation, the Southern Rhodesia Far East Volunteer Unit was formed in 1950. The unit was placed at the disposal of FARELF (Far East Land Forces) and put under the command of Major Peter Walls (later Lieutenant-General). The original contingent of about 100 men (all European) left Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia for Malaya in March 1951 and a further draft of 20 men left in December the same year. In the earlier stages of their service in Malaya the unit acquired the name of ‘Rhodesia Squadron Malaya Scouts’ and subsequently became officially ‘C. (Rhodesia) Squadron’ of the 22nd Special Air Service Regiment. Aquitting themselves well in action in Malaya, the entire unit returned to its homeland, and in September 1953, was disbanded. In 1961 the defunct unit was reformed as “C” Squadron, Rhodesia Special Air Service Regiment.