Saturday, 4 August 2012

Force 136, Malaya

Captain Goeffrey Frank, Force 136 Malaya
Geoffrey Frank was born in 1924, Kuala Lumpur and attended the Victoria Institution. He was 17 years old when he was evacuated from Singapore with his parents and siblings on the Devonshire setting sail on 7th February 1942 to Bombay. By then, he was already a volunteer truck driver.
Whilst in India, he joined the 17th Dogra Regiment and volunteered for Force 136 and trained as a paratrooper. He was made Captain with a pseudonym “wagtail” and was second in command of the patrol, “Tideway Blue”. He landed in Malaya on 14 August 1945 to link up with other Force 136 operatives and the MPAJA in North Johore, a day before the Japanese surrender. Force 136 HQ Malaya was at Bellamy Road, Kuala Lumpur.
On the evening of 5 Jan 1946, Geoffrey met with a freak accident at the Raffles Hotel car park and passed away on 7 January 1946 from his injuries.
Extracted from “Playing for Malaya – A Eurasian Family in the Pacific War” by Rebecca Kenneison

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