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Loyal To The End: A Personal And Factual Account Of National Service In Malaya by [Hudson, Frederick William]
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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
forces.
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,
crunch.

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  • Print Length: 478 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
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