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Batu Gajah, Malaysia

Little Acre

For post war graves in Malaysia maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commision see http://www.ukmilitarygraves.org.my/

The Cemetery at Batu Gajah is called God's Little Acre after the memorial cross erected by The Perak Planter's Association and others to commemorate the Communist Emergency 1949-1960.

The memorial inscription can be seen opposite it reads:

ERECTED BY
THE PERAK PLANTER'S ASSOCIATION
AND
OTHER WELL WISHERS
IN MEMORY OF ALL THOSE
WHO LIE AR REST IN GOD'S LITTLE ACRE
PIONEERS, PLANTERS, MINERS
POLICE AND THE MILITARY
MANY OF WHOM GAVE THEIR LIVES
WHEN DEFEATING COMMUNIST INSURGENCY
1948 - 1960
WE SHALL REMEBER THEM
17 JUNE 1989

At the gate to the cemetery stands a Roll of Honour to those killed during the emergency that are buried in Little Acre.
Three planters were killed initially which sparked off the emergency. They were Allison, Christian and Walker who were murdered at Sungai Siput on 16th June 1948.
Many graves to the servicemen, police and planters can be found in God's Little Acre. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission maintaining the graves. This particular stone marks the grave of Peter D Fordham, Marine, R.M. 8250, 45 Commando R.M. 25th September 1951. Aged 20.
Several buildings still stand from the days of British rule. The Court House opposite stands by the hospital and the Governor's Residence.
Batu Gajah prison is still in operation today after many years. During the second world war the Japanese used this as an interrogation block. Notably Lim Bo Seng was held, and died, here. His body was buried nearby and later exhumed to be buried with honours in Singapore.

BURIED IN LITTLE ACRE


The names here have been kept in the same main three groups as on the memorial but sorted into alphabetical order. There is a searchable database on-line which contains all those in an official capacity who died in the Emergency years.

CIVILIANS
ADAMSON
D A
Planter
ALLISON
J M
Planter. One of the first three planters killed, murdered at Sungai Siput on 16th June 1948. Within hours of the murder of Mr. AE Walker terrorists arrived at the office of Mr. Allison from Putney, the 50 year old manager of the Phinson Estate near Ipoh. After a brief exchange of conversation, a ploy by the terrorists, Mr. Alison and his young assistant, Leonard Christian from Radlett in Hertfordshire were overpowered. With their hands bound behind their backs, they were murdered in cold blood.
BEST
R H
Miner
BROWN
A
Other Civilian
BURNS
G M
Planter
CHESTNUT
R
Planter
CHRISTIAN
Leonard D
Planter. One of the first three planters killed, murdered at Sungai Siput on 16th June 1948.One of the first three planters killed, murdered at Sungai Siput on 16th June 1948. Within hours of the murder of Mr. AE Walker terrorists arrived at the office of Mr. Allison from Putney, the 50 year old manager of the Phinson Estate near Ipoh. After a brief exchange of conversation, a ploy by the terrorists, Mr. Alison and his young assistant, Leonard Christian from Radlett in Hertfordshire were overpowered. With their hands bound behind their backs, they were murdered in cold blood.
DABB, MC
EV
Miner. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.)
DESVERGRASS
B C
Planter
DICKS
C W
Planter
DUDDEE
G G
Miner
EDWARDS
J D
Planter
ELLIOT
E
Other Civilian
GATES
B de B
Other Civilian
GRANT
W
Other Civilian
HILL
J J
Planter
LAMB
E
Other Civilian
LODER
R L
Planter
LUND
O A
Miner
MACKIE
E
Other Civilian
McCONNACHIE
W R
Planter
OGILVIE
J E
Miner
RODERICK
G
Miner
STEVENS
G C
Miner
URQUHART
M S
Miner
WALKER
A E
Planter. The first of the first three planters killed, murdered at Sungai Siput on 16th June 1948. From Edinburgh. At approximately 0800 hours, two communist terrorists (CT's) of the Malaya Communist Party (MCP) arrived on a motorbike armed with sten guns. They fired through the door and window of the bungalow killing Mr. Walker instantly. His wife miraculously was unhurt.
WALLACE
Robert James
Planter - manager of Sungei Kruit rubber estate, in the Tapah area of Perak. Shot and killed when his car was ambushed in the Tapah area 19 June 1950. Husband of Stella Wallace (formerly Gow) of Dundee. Son of Mr & Mrs J W Wallace, of 15 Lammerton Terrace, Dundee; brother of Adrianne. Educated at Dundee High School. Employed at one time by Baxter Brothers & Co. Ltd., spinners and manufacturers, Dens Works, Dundee. Previously captured during World War 2 by the Japanese and held prisoner for 3½ years.

 

WILLS
B P
Miner
SECURITY FORCES
ABERCROMBIE
J D A
Police Lieutenant, Federation of Malaya Police. Killed in action at Grik, Perak 23 August 1953
BRADLEY
J S
Police Lieutenant, Federation of Malaya Police
BENSON
A E
Police Lieutenant, Federation of Malaya Police. Killed in action at Gopeng, Perak 22 January 1952.
BROWN
L V
PAAC, Perak Area Aboriginal Constabulary
BRUCE
F L
Police Lieutenant, Federation of Malaya Police. Killed in action at Chemor, Perak 31 January 1952.
CHAPIN
D H
Police Lieutenant, Federation of Malaya Police. Killed in action at Siput, Perak 26 March 1953.
COLIN
R Park
PAAC, Perak Area Aboriginal Constabulary
COWAN
H F
Police Sergeant, Federation of Malaya Police
CRAIG
D A
ASP, Federation of Malaya Police
GARNHAM
J I
PAAC, Perak Area Aboriginal Constabulary
GOOD
R L
Police Lieutenant, Federation of Malaya Police. Killed in action at Tapah, Perak 16 November 1951.
HUMBLE
P
Police Sergeant, Federation of Malaya Police
JAWENG
anak Jugah
Private PF829, Sarawak Rangers, Malayan Armed Forces. Died on 12th March 1951. Grave No. 533/534.
LORD
R E
Police Lieutenant, Federation of Malaya Police
MIDDLEDITCH
A E
Police Lieutenant, Federation of Malaya Police
MURRAY
L A
PAAC, Perak Area Aboriginal Constabulary
SAMSOM, MC
G C
ASP, Federation of Malaya Police. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.)
SIMMONS
D J
Police Lieutenant, Federation of Malaya Police
TOULSON, KPM, CPM
GDC
ACP, Federation of Malaya Police. Awarded KPM and CPM.
UNGGAT
anak Ujom
Private 900506, Sarawak Rangers, Malayan Armed Forces. Died on 7th December 1955. Grave No. 547/548.
WELLS
W
Police Sergeant, Federation of Malaya Police
WHITE
D J
Planter
WHITTINGHAM
L
Police Lieutenant, Federation of Malaya Police
BRITSH ARMED FORCES
BALDWIN
R
Driver T/19040711, Royal Army Service Corps (R.A.S.C.). Died on 28 January 1951. Grave No. 532
BARNETT
Terence W
Marine RM9203, 45 Commando, Royal Marines. Died accidentally 12 November 1950. 12 November 1950. Aged 19. Grave No. 616
BLAKEY
P
Signaller III, 3039885, 84 Squadron, Royal Air Force (R.A.F). Died on 31 July 1950. Grave No. 441
BODEN
W J
Private 19089487, 1st or 2nd Battalion, The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Died on 10 June 1950. Grave No. 429
BROWN
J D
Guardsman 21007205, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died on 21 February 1949. Grave No. 413
BROWN
V
Lance Corporal 22273408, 1st or 2nd Battalion, The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Died on 16 June 1950. Grave No. 435
BUDGEN
P K
Lieutenant, 45 Commando, Royal Marines. Died on 6 June 1951. Grave No. 537
DOBSON
A
Private 19040217, 1st or 2nd Battalion, The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Died on 2 October 1948. Grave No. 396
DOWSEN
J R
Sergeant 2659956, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died on 3 October 1949. Grave No. 419
DUNN
A
Private 22016534, Royal Army Medical Corps. ( R.A.M.C.). Died on 15 December 1948. Grave No. 402
EATOUGH
Brian
Marine RM8111, 42 Commando, Royal Marines. Died of wounds on 22 December 1950. Aged 19. Grave No. 617
ELLIOTT
J
Private 2548740, 1st or 2nd Battalion, The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Died on 6 August 1948. Grave No. 392
FINCH
J E
Corporal 7899938, 4th Battalion, Queens Own Hussars. Died on 31 December 1948. Grave No. 407
FISHER
J F (G A)
Private 22220970, 1st Battalion, Green Howards. Died on 7 November 1950. Grave No. 446
FORDHAM
Peter D
Marine RM8250, 45 Commando, Royal Marines. Died of wounds on 25 September 1951. Aged 20. Grave No. 549
GENGE
T J H
Sergeant CHX4107, 45 Commando, Royal Marines. Died of natural causes at British Military Hospital Kamukting. Buried at Batu Gajah but later exhumed and cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and ashes returned to the UK.
GOUGH
J E
Private 14190046, 1st or 2nd Battalion, The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Died on 10 June 1950. Grave No. 433
GRAYSON
B
Trooper 22200493, 4th Battalion, Queens Own Hussars. Died on 31 December 1948. Grave No. 403
HALL
R L
Private 22192195, 1st or 2nd Battalion, The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Died on 10 June 1950. Grave No. 430
HAND
F
Corporal T/21181957, Royal Army Service Corps (R.A.S.C.). Died on 5 March 1950. Grave No. 614
HARRISON
C M
Private 22124535, 1st or 2nd Battalion, The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Died on 10 June 1950. Grave No. 431
HART
G N B
Captain 413969, 6th Battalion, Queen Elizabeth Own Rifles. Died on 3 July 1955. Grave No. 425
HENRY
John
Corporal CHX5389, 45 Commando, Royal Marines. Killed in action in an ambush in Cameron Highlands area 10 January 1951. Aged 20. Buried at Batu Gajah but later exhumed and cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and ashes returned to the UK.
HOGGETT
N
Lance Corporal, T/2548873 Royal Army Service Corps (R.A.S.C.). Died on 2 March 1950. Grave No. 424
HOOPER
T F J
Driver T/22202142, Royal Army Service Corps (R.A.S.C.). Died on 7 September 1951. Grave No. 618
HUDSON
J K
Private 22134701, 1st or 2nd Battalion, The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Died on 10 June 1950. Grave No. 434
HUNTER
S G
Trooper 21033932, 4th Battalion, Queens Own Hussars. Died on 31 December 1948. Grave No. 405
HUTCHINSON
K
Lance Corporal 21127814, 1st or 2nd Battalion, The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Died on 2 October 1948. Grave No. 935
JESSOP
P B
Captain 105170, Royal Army Service Corps (R.A.S.C.). Died on 18 April 1958. Grave No. 427
JOHNS
T
Trooper 19048147, 4th Battalion, Queens Own Hussars. Died on 31 December 1948. Grave No. 404
JONES
D
Private 19044014, 1st or 2nd Battalion, The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Died on 10 June 1950. Grave No. 428
JONES
R H
Driver, Royal Army Service Corps (R.A.S.C.).
KEYES
D C
Marine RM8028, 45 Commando, Royal Marines. Killed in action when ambushed in a jeep along the Tapah-Chenderiang Road in Perak 14 September 1950. Aged 19. Buried at Batu Gajah but later exhumed and cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and ashes returned to the UK.
LAWSON, BEM
I D
Sergeant 2660279, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died on 28 May 1950 Awarded the British Empir Medal (BEM). Grave No. 426
LOCK
D G
Captain 113776, 1st Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry attached to the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Killed while bathing near Bidor, Perak on 2 October 1948. Grave No. 934
LYNCH
B G
Trooper 19047346, 4th Battalion, Queens Own Hussars. Died on 31 December 1948. Grave No. 406
MACKAY, MC
P L
Captain 42 Commando, Royal Marines. Died on 5 May 1951. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Grave No. 536
MARSHALL
D C
Flight Lieutenant 55252, 84 Squadron, Royal Air Force (R.A.F). Brigand crashed on escort duty Cameron Highlands 31 July 1950. Grave No. 439
MEDLEY
H J
Guardsman 2670845, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died on 16 February 1949. Grave No. 412
MILLER
Leslie O
Marine RM7305, 45 Commando, Royal Marines. Killed in action in an ambush in Cameron Highlands area 10 January 1951. Grave No. 530
MITCHELL
D J
Trooper 21124570, 4th Battalion, Queens Own Hussars. Died on 31 December 1948. Grave No. 408
NEVARD
Ernest J
Marine CHX4772 ,45 Commando, Royal Marines. Killed in action when ambushed in a jeep along the Tapah-Chenderiang Road in Perak 14 September 1950. Grave No. 443
PALFREY
S
Guardsman, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards.
PARKIN
J F
Guardsman 22029247, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died on 29 July 1949. Grave No. 615
PARR
Dennis
Marine PLY/X111607, 45 Commando, Royal Marines. Killed in action in Gopeng-Kampar hills 28 December 1950. Aged 25. Grave No. 527
PYEMOUNT
D S
2nd Lieutenant 409088 1st Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry attached to the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Died on 10 July 1950. Grave No. 437
QUESTIER
M
Lieutenant 357595, 4th Battalion, Queens Own Hussars. Killed in action on the Sungei Siput-Jalong road on 31 December 1948. Grave No. 409
READ, MBE
R J
Warrant Officer 1st Class, Regiment Sergeant Major 543, 4th Battalion, Queens Own Hussars. Died on 18 January 1950 Awarded Member of the British Empire (MBE). Grave No. 420
RICHARDS
W J
2nd Lieuteant, Royal Army Service Corps (R.A.S.C.).
RITTER
C R
Sergeant T/14188039, Royal Army Service Corps (R.A.S.C.). Died on 2 March 1950. Grave No. 423
ROSE
H H
Marine RM8908, 42 Commando, Royal Marines. Died of accidental gun shot wound in Ipoh General Hospital 16 or 17 July 1950. Aged 23. Cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and ashes returned to the UK.
ROWE
P S
Guardsman 22214447, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died on 26 June 1950. Grave No. 436
ROWE, MC
William R N
Sergeant PLY/X3615, 42 Commando, Royal Marines. Possibly accidentally killed in action on 24 September 1950. Aged 25. Grave No. 445
STEDEFORD
B W
Captain 329549, Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (R.E.M.E.). Died on 7 November 1950. Grave No. 447
STOREY
J
Marine RM7049, 42 Commando, Royal Marines. Died in an accident on 21 November 1950. Aged 20. Grave No. 448
THOMPSON
J
Private 14445444, 1st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Died on 13 June 1951. Grave No. 538
TURNER
L J
Marine CHX5369, 45 Commando, Royal Marines. Killed in action in Gopeng-Kampar hills 28 December 1950. Aged 23. Buried at Batu Gajah but later exhumed and cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and ashes returned to the UK.
VILLAR
J H
Captain 400984, Royal Artillery (R.A.). Died on 29 October 1956. Grave No. 158
WESTWOOD
George
Sergeant PLY/X4229, 45 Commando, Royal Marines. Killed in action when ambushed in Cameron Highlands area 10 January 1951. Aged 25. Grave No. 531
WHITWELL
C E
Driver T/19042871, Royal Army Service Corps (R.A.S.C.). Died on 25 December 1950. Grave No. 526
WIGGLESWORTH
R S
Flight Lieutenant 167386, 84 Squadron, Royal Air Force (R.A.F). Brigand crashed on escort duty Cameron Highlands 31 July 1950. Grave No. 440
WOODHOUSE
H
Private 19152767, 1st or 2nd Battalion, The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Died on 2 October 1948. Grave No. 397
WRIGHT
R
Marine RM8227, 42 Commando, Royal Marines. Died of Encephalitis 12 Sep 1960. Buried Batu Gajah but later exhumed and cremated at Sek Keng Cheng Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur and ashes returned to the UK.
Burials but not on memorial
BURTON
Rachel
Wife of a Captain in 12th Royal Lancers. Died on 26th September 1952. Grave No. 486.
PICKIN
A R
Captain 375953, 7th Duke of Edinburgh's Own Gurkha Rifles. Killed in action at Bidor, South Perak 18 July 1948.

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