16 Sep 2012

NZ Malaya veterans commemorated

2:53 pm on 16 September 2012

New Zealand veterans of the post-war Malayan Emergency have been officially commemorated for the first time at the National War Memorial.

Thirteen-hundred New Zealanders served as part of a Commonwealth force in Malaya between 1948 and 1960 and 15 lost their lives.

New Zealanders remained in the peninsula afterwards to help with counter-insurgency measures and border security operations.

A national commemorative service on Sunday morning was attended by the Governor-General, the Chief of the Defence Force and the Veterans' Affairs Minister, as well as veterans who served in Malaya.