The National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association of Australia Tasmania Incorporated
Our Patron Maj Gen J C Hughes AO.DSO.MC
It is with much sorrow we announce the death of our Patron, Maj Gen Jim Hughes AO,DSO, MC.
Jim died on Friday 12AUG2016, he was just 6 days short of his 87th birthday. His funeral was conducted at St Peters Church East Melbourne on Tuesday the 23rd of August at 1100 hrs.

Jim served in Korea & Malaya, he was a Knight of the Order of St Lazarus, and during the existance of our
Association, he led us through the Good and the Bad Times with great distinction.
Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to Tom, Christina and Peter.
Lest We Forget



The NMBVAA was established in Australia in June 1995.
There are Branches and sub-Branches of this Association in all Australian States, and while some Branches are managed a little bit differently, they all represent Australian & Allied Malaya/Malaysian veterans.
  Remembrance Services are conducted in Ipoh, Malaysia, each year in the second and third week of June. (See the Malaysian Pilgrimage Page)
Annual services held in Malaysia are held at the Kamunting Road Christian Cemetery Taiping, the Ipoh Cenotaph, God's Little Acre at Batu Gajah, and the 2nd Battalion Royal Rangers Camp at Kem Syed Putra.
 At the Christian Cemetery at Taiping, there are 28 grave sites of Australian  soldiers who died during, and beyond the Malayan Emergency. There are also some Australian dependents buried there.


Welcome to this NMBVAATAS site
This website attracts over 300 visitors per week and is primarily for the benefit of Defence & Police Veterans who served in the SE/Asia Pacific Area from WW2 to the present day. 
The site is privately owned and operated, and is for  those who want to know of Australia's military involvement in SE Asia from the 1940s to the present day. 
Individuals or like-minded Associations may apply to use the site to advertise meeting dates or future events if they so desire.
   If visitors have an inclination to contribute to this website, perhaps send a story, or a photograph,  please contact the Webmaster,  by email:  or
Telephone (03) 6383 4677  Mob:0427 314304....OR,  use the devices available on the site itself.

Membership of NMBVAATASINC  is open to all who served in Her Majesty's Forces,  the Commonwealth Forces, the Royal Federation of Malaya Police, the Civil Service, Saint John Ambulance and Auxiliary Forces during the Second World War, The Korean War, The Malayan Emergency, the Indonesian Confrontation and all other conflicts in the area thereafter. Please refer to the Application Page.
Families of members who served in the above Forces are particularly encouraged  to use the site to obtain information regarding military involvement in the SE Asian area .

A New Medal for Australia- OSM

On 22MAY 2012 Her Majesty The Queen approved the issue of a new medal to be called the Australian Operational Service Medal (OSM).

Australian Operational Service Medal (OSM)

For Australian Defence Force (ADF) Members :-

The OSM has been introduced to replace the Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) and Australian Service Medal for future ADF operations. The OSM will be awarded to ADF members for service on operations recommended and approved as warranting recognition. Each declared operation will be recognised by the standard medal with a unique ribbon for each operation in the same way as the United Nations Medal is awarded. Where appropriate, an accumulated service device will recognise those who render additional prescribed periods of service on a particular operation.

The first service declared for the OSM is the range of border protection operations conducted since 1997.

Australian Operational Service Medal - Border Protection Application Form

An application form specifically designed for the Australian Operational Service Medal - Border Protection (AE 376) has been produced and can be downloaded from the Defence website. It is also available on the DRN Webforms site.

Applicants should be aware that every attempt will be made to process their applications promptly. However, the Directorate of Honours and Awards is continuing to source reliable data to enable accurate assessments of all applications received. To that end, there is likely to be a significant delay before applicants are advised of the outcome of their application for the Australian Operational Service Medal - Border Protection.

Operational Service Badge

Before the establishment of the OSM, those who received the AASM were also issued with the Returned from Active Service Badge (RASB). Because the OSM recognises all declared operational service, an Operational Service Badge (OSB) has been established to be issued on the first award of the OSM.

The OSB has two versions - military and civilian, to be issued with the respective medal types.

The RASB will continue to be issued with the AASM for current warlike operations.

In contrast with the RASB, the OSB may also be issued to the next-of-kin of deceased members
to complement the award of the OSM.



ADF members who undertake operational service will receive an OSM with a unique ribbon for each new operation. ADF members who undertake additional periods of qualifying service on the same operation will, where appropriate, receive an accumulated service device - in the form of a numeral similar to those issued by the United Nations.




 If anybody wishes to display photographic material that is relevant to either "The Emergency" or "The Indonesian Confrontation" ....please send to the webmaster...





Malaysian Police guard the Cenotaph at Batu Gaja 2011



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WILLIAM ROSS TYSON/HENNESSY | Reply 21.09.2016 09.37

Don't forget that 1 RAR served at Terendak Garrision Malaysia and Selerang Garrision.Singapore for a period of 2 1/2 Years Approx 1969/71.Cheers L/Cpl 2412472

Ken McNeill 21.09.2016 16.16

Our Association accepts all members who served in and around Malaya/Malaysia. Please send me unit histories so they may be put onto this website.

Peter Hassett | Reply 06.06.2016 17.13

I served at Butterworth 1983-85. I am trying to trace a member of the Federation of Malaya Police, Alex or Alec Young, for a relative. Any help appreciated.

Ken McNeill 01.07.2016 18.34

Try email :

anthony j.r.Sutton | Reply 19.11.2015 20.32

I was in Malaya from 1955 to 1957 with the R.A.F in Butterworth can I apply???

Ken McNeill 20.11.2015 09.58

You are most welcome; please fill in the application on this website.

Bernard Bartolome | Reply 19.10.2015 17.48

I am trying to find out where the Club house of the Perth ,WA. is ?

Warren J Wilkins JP | Reply 17.07.2014 10.55

Thank you it is very interesting.

Gerry Coret | Reply 26.09.2013 18.48

Being a 5th Battalion Soldier I particularly like the Tiger.
Well done.

Jacqueline Ridge (nee Allen | Reply 01.08.2013 14.46

I`ve been trying to track down a Herman Van Der Hoek (Nookie) HMAS SUPPLY 1964. I have a photo with Dad, Barry Craig Allen (Darby) e-mail addie would be handy ;

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21.09 | 16:16

Our Association accepts all members who served in and around Malaya/Malaysia. Please send me unit histories so they may be put onto this website.

21.09 | 14:04

Can you send them electronicaly ? If not, please send them to:-
u2/21 Scott St
Beauty Point
TAS 7270
Alternatively, phone me on (03) 6383 4677

21.09 | 13:43

I was HQ 28 Comwel Bde, D&E Platoon from Sept 59 to May 62. I have some photos that I would not mind sharing with old mates.
Would like photos.

21.09 | 09:37

Don't forget that 1 RAR served at Terendak Garrision Malaysia and Selerang Garrision.Singapore for a period of 2 1/2 Years Approx 1969/71.Cheers L/Cpl 2412472

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