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Loyal To The End: A Personal And Factual Account Of National Service In Malaya [Kindle Edition]

Frederick William Hudson , Lt Colonel John Cross OBE FABI MIL BA , Madeline Fish , Kelly Wilson , Stella Hudson , Betty Hudson , Lt Colonel Mike Glover MA AMA , Dean Hudson
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This is the true story of the author’s time as a National Serviceman, 1957 to 1959. It starts with his marriage to Betty, five days before his call-up and then through three months of intense army infantry training. He was a member of the renowned First Battalion the Loyal Regiment, who were based in Northern Malaya and engaged in the war against the savage and cruel Malayan Communist army. For the last eighteen months of his service he was a Section Commander, leading his men through the conflict and in the middle of the worlds oldest primeval jungle. This book has been described as being to National Service, as ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ was to the First World War. The British and Commonwealth forces were engaged in a twelve year jungle war against a well trained and well armed Communist army. It is known as the forgotten war, even though it’s the only time that a communist army has been defeated anywhere in the world. With three quarters of the British forces being National Service men, it is also and still known as, their war.

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From the Author

LOYAL TO THE END. This is a new book recently published in
Oct 2006. It is the true story and autobiography of a section commander and
jungle fighter, serving with the 1st Battalion of the Loyal Regiment in
Malaya. I was a National Service Man and the book covers my full service
from my enlistment to my return home. It as been said that this book is to
`National Service,' what `All quiet on the western front' was to the First
World War. I am very proud of that comparison. It is an exceptionally
large book, containing 142.000 words and over 100 photographs set inside
478 pages. So it is really good value at the price. The book contains
information for all who did their National Service and especially for
anyone who served out in Malaya. To anyone who hasn't served their Country
within the armed forces, then this is a true adventure story that reads
like fiction. It's also a good read for anyone who enjoys a good adventure
story and this book really does bear out the saying that, `sometimes the
truth is stranger than fiction`. It would make the ideal Christmas Gift for
Dad or Granddad or for a wife or girlfriend who had a loved one who served
as a National Service Man or indeed anyone who as served within the armed
I know that there are many old soldiers still around, who served with the
Loyal Regiment and there are several Loyals' associations. The book is of
such interest that parts of the book have already been subtracted by other
historical Authors and for inclusion into their books.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

That evening, after curfew, we moved into the ambush position
which I set- up on the outside of the bend that was leading up to the bank
of the river crossing. I set the ground flares in place and ran the wires
back through the undergrowth to our ambush position. I then settled down in
the middle of the section and coupled up the wires to the battery and
switch, the two-inch mortar was next to me along with four parachute flare
shells. There were still a few minutes of daylight left so we all had a
last cigarette and then settled down for another unpleasant night, which in
Malaya meant twelve hours. It wasn't quite as bad as we had been expecting
with the mosquitoes being very few in number at that spot and that made it
more bearable for us.
But we were still fully alert to any movement in the undergrowth around us,
where we were was an ideal place for the snakes, scorpions, spiders and
everything else that could bite or sting. We had been laid there for about
an hour when the moon started to rise above the mountains of the Cameroon
Highlands over 30 miles away to our right. It was a full moon that night
and when the moon occupied the sky above us it really was the most
wonderful sight that you could ever wish to see. It seemed to be ten times
greater than how you perceive the moon in the UK and it really was
enormous, just as you would expect it to look through a pair of binoculars
back home in Blighty. When you first see a tropical moon its difficult to
understand just how the atmosphere can make so much difference to what you
can see. But that night it certainly made everything around us standout
clearly, with it being almost a silvery daylight.
We could hear the sounds of the village from the moment we arrived at the
ambush position, the music playing on the radios and the occasional
laughter all coming to us through the shrubbery of the cultivations and
faintly from the distance. There was the odd sound now and again of metal
being hammered, like someone banging on a corrugated metal sheet and a
couple of times we heard what sounded like a motorbike engine being revved.
There was the odd dog barking and the occasional shouting at whatever and
in the early evening the sound of young children playing, probably as back
home, some ball game. Overlaying all the sounds of the village was, as
always, the sounds of the Malayan night, the constant buzzing and hum of
the insects and the infrequent wild life sounds that we could never put a
name to and with being so near to the river in that particular spot, the
sporadic deep-throated croaking of the bullfrogs.
By nine that evening, the sounds were decreasing and by eleven the village
had become as silent as the grave with not even a dog bark echoing to us
through the plantations and across the river. The hum of the insect world
had a tendency to lull you to sleep and you had to guard against that while
ambushing, that usually meant giving the lads on each side of you the
occasional nudge, and them you, especially if you thought someone was
beginning to fall asleep. I had just looked at the glowing dial on my
wristwatch and it was showing nearly 00-30 hrs. I thought to myself that
if `Charlie' was going to use this crossing tonight it's going to be
anytime now or he won't have time to make the cover of the jungle before
daylight. Just at that moment I heard a sound that sent a shiver down my
spine, from the far side of the river had come the sound of a footstep in
the water, just a quiet splash in the river but a sound we had been
listening for. I was just about to nudge the lads on each side but they
both beat me to it and it turned out later that all the lads had heard the
first footstep in the water. With each step the sounds of the water
splashing became louder and nearer. At the second splash I heard the safety
catches clicking off and whispered very quietly, "wait for me to fire."
Splash, splash, splash, nearer and nearer and then crunch, they had reached
the slope of the bank seven feet down on the other side and the first
footstep had left the water and crunched into the gravel that formed the
track on the riverside of the bank. Crunch, the second step now boomed
out, to us, sounding like church bells ringing out with the noise
seemingly, so loud. Crunch, we all drew in a lungful of air and then
stopped breathing, holding our breath in anticipation, crunch, crunch,

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More About the Author

Freddy was born 1936. He became a Grammar schoolboy and during that period became the northern counties swimming champion and singled out for the Olympic squad. He was also a Life Guard at Blackpool.
He married in 1957 and 5 days later left his wife for 2 years Army Service in Malaya as a Section Commander. In the sixties he was a racing driver, then becoming works team manager.
He was involved in public life, appearing on TV, including panelist on 'It's a Free Country.'
Freddy started writing after his 65th birthday and his first book was published in 2006.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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An honest and true account of national service and jungle fighting in the Malayan Jungle during the 'forgotten war'. A great read for any Ex Loyal Soldier. My Father, John Hesketh served in the 1st Battalion Loyal Regiment during the Malayan Emergency. He recently met the author at the Regimental Museum @ Fulwood Barracks, Preston. Frederick Hudson was a real gentlemen and happy to share Ex Loyal stories with my Father. A great book and amazing gent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loyal to The End 4 Dec. 2013
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Although I missed national Service for health reasons it was that period when I should have been in the forces. Most of my peers went to that region and i8n reading the book it felt as if I was there with them. A most entertaining read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loyally I served 14 Nov. 2013
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Having served in the 1st Battalion Loyal Regiment (NL) I can identify with Frederick over the time he spent with them, I to served with Slim Maher who is mentioned in the book. It was great reliving the memories of active service and the way we patrolled and looked after ourselves, I didn't join the Regiment until 1965 after National Service had ended but I served with people who where in Malaya at the same time as Frederick. The book brings out all the facts about being a National Serviceman and highlights the trials and tribulations they had to face on active service a book well written and factual, I would recommend this book to anyone who served in the forces and to those interested in National Service.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true story 22 Oct. 2013
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What a wonderful book.I knew nothing about the malaya war or national service until reading freddie's account of his two years service in the army.There are some frighting experience and some very moving moments inside the cover and he pulls no punches as his life story of his two years.Superb read,don't miss it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars From th ehorse's mouth 4 Oct. 2013
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I have an interest in Malaya of the 1950s as I spent my childhood there at that time. The 'Emergency' lasted some 15 years and is largely unheard of. Frederick Hudson was there, was personally involved and gives a good account of life as a serviceman in Malaya. Also well written.
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Quite interesting account of the life of a National serviceman in Mlalya during the Malayan Emergency. A bit repetitive at times and not very much actual contact action with the Communists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read 27 Jun. 2014
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A very good read, the author takes you through his two years national service with the Loyals in Malaya in 1957.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first 19 Jun. 2014
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My children are late for school because I bought this book last night and haven't been able to put it down, Mr Hudson goes in to so much detail you actually feel like your living the experience with him, I have been hearing bombs go off behind me all night, I don't no what drew me to his last 2 books I only usually read books about the social history of war, but these books have dragged me in and I long for more written words from fred. On to Sgt Johnny Jay next but need to wait till the weekend or the school and work will go mad, praying for rain xx
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A Soldier in Malaya
An interesting factual account of National Service in Malaya. I have great respect for those involved in the Malayan campaign and the dangers they faced. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Speyside70
1.0 out of 5 stars awful
A truly terrible piece of writing which demeaned the sacrifice made by National servicemen to enable Malaya to become free.
Published 3 months ago by Roland J. Crooke
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
This book was purchased for my father who did his national service in Malaya. He thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 4 months ago by John Caulfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very good read
Published 8 months ago by jonah
5.0 out of 5 stars It could have been me
Having worked in East Africa for 10 years I can well agree that one can taste the jungle wherever one is stationed.An excellent account.
Published 10 months ago by Duntaxin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
As somebody who has had a long association and love of that part of the world, both Malaya and Malaysia (although not as a soldier) I heartily recommend this book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Harry Armpit
4.0 out of 5 stars A junior N.C.Os evocative account of active service in Malaya.
An excellent account of a young National Servicemans experience of active service in the latter part of the Malayan Conflict. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Michael Whitworth
4.0 out of 5 stars good honest book
This book describes in honest terms how it was to be in the Malay jungle in the late fifties, no frills but such a testament to the generation which grew around or just after the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by steve w
3.0 out of 5 stars not read
I like all books especially such as these, I am sure it wont belong before the long winter nights are here
Published 16 months ago by A True Yorkshire Lass
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