Monday, 25 January 2010

Ron (Gus) Blake

I recieved the following email today from David the son of Ron Blake who passed away in 1999. If anyone would like to get in touch with David about Ron please email me.

Dear John

I was interested to see your 410 blog because my father, Ron Blake - or Gus as he was known - was a member and appears in your list. Unfortunately he pased away in 1999 and my mum, Jean passed away in 2007.

We lived in Penang from 1959 to 1962, came back to the UK and than went to Hameln in Germany for a couple of years before Dad left the Army after 25 years service. Dad then worked for Hampshire County Council, Somerset County Council and Suffolk County Council before he retired.

I've been doing some research on our family history and would love to hear anything you can remember about Dad's time in 410, if your paths crossed. I've recently started sorting boxes of family photographs and there are a good number of army photographs from Malaya - it would be great if you could identify some of the events or people if I can send you copies. Or if you have any which include Dad, I'd love to get copies, I've looked through your video on the website but can't see any pictures of Dad.

Do you know if the records of 410 are held somewhere, possibly in the Royal Engineers Museum?


David Blake

Friday, 22 January 2010


I have been informed that the following ex troop members have passed away.

Not Forgotten.

Michael Higgins (Plant Op)
Ken Orrel (OC)
Ron Jarvis (Trp Sgt)
Vincent Monaghan (Armourer)
Steve Hall (Plant Op)
Don Davidson (Plant Op)
Ron (Gus) Blake (MPF)
Major Pike (OC)
Mick Malloy (Fitter/Plant Op)
Jim Woods MBE (Quartermaster)
Jim Howels (Plant Fitter)
Ian Hoskins (Plant OP)
Ben Davidson(Plant Op)
Norman Ford(Plant Fitter)

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM)

Dave Cowel has sent me the link for the application form for all those who have not yet applied for their medal click the above title for the link

About the Pingat Jasa Malaysia

The Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) is a special medal of service to
eligible United Kingdom Service personnel who served from Independence
until the end of Confrontation in the security of Malaysia, during the
period 31 August 1957 and 12 August 1966 inclusive.