20 Aug 2008

Army belatedly recognises Malaya campaign

3:26 pm on 20 August 2008

The army is belatedly awarding 17 commendations to soldiers who took part in the Malaya campaign of the 1950s and 1960s.

The soldiers were recognised at the time, but there was no formal presentation.

Although bronze oak leaves were issued to go with medal ribbons, the troops were not given accompanying "mentioned in dispatches" certificates.

Major General Lou Gardiner says that might have been because many of the soldiers had only short-term military careers, or because a change in the battalion's hierarchy meant the certificates were mislaid.

The first presentation took place in Auckland on Tuesday. Others will take place during the week in Tauranga, Christchurch and Wellington.