The Richard Schweder Collection of Medals for Campaigns in Malaysia

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Date of Auction: 4th December 2008

Sold for £240

Estimate: £140 - £180

General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, Malaya, G.VI.R. (FF/1057 Low Hwa Bin, C.L.C.) extremely fine £140-180


The Civil Liaison Corps (C.L.C.) Ferret Force (‘FF’ prefix) was formed in mid-1948 to act against the terrorist guerillas then operating in the jungle. It was composed of European civilians, British, Gurkha and Malay troops, supported by Chinese liaison officers and Dyak and Iban trackers from Sarawak. Each group was split into four sections, commanded overall by a European who knew the area well and, more often than not, had a fund of invaluable local and/or jungle knowledge. During its short period of existance the Ferret Force discovered twelve permanent guerilla camps. After a few months of operation the Ferret Force was disbanded following disageements between the police and military over the administration and composition of this scratch force, however it paved the way for other units who would take on the terrorists on their own ground. Many members of the Force later joined the S.A.S. in Malaya.