British North Borneo 1941-42

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British North Borneo 1941-42

Post  MichalM on Tue 21 Apr 2009, 12:23 am

I'm searching info (especially uniforms, badges) about Sarawak Rangers, Sarawak Volunteer Corps, Coastal Marine Service and police during the Japanese invasion of British North Borneo 1941-42.
Anyone can help me?

Thank you in advance.

PS. Sorry,this post should be in "Uniforms of the British Empire"

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Re: British North Borneo 1941-42

Post  Sean on Tue 21 Apr 2009, 3:14 pm

The Sarawak Rangers had been disbanded in the early 1930s, transforming into the Sarawak Constabulary. However, they were re-raised due to the threat to the island from Japan. As to uniforms see below.
The only picture I have seen of a Borneo unit is one of the Nth Borneo Vol Corps in 1940-ish. They are wearing KD shirt and shorts, and long serge puttees. A Wolesley helmet is worn, with a coloured patch on the side. The equipment is 1908 webbing, as modified in 1915, and they carry SMLE rifles and a Lewis LMG. I presume this was also the uniform worn by the Rangers.
http://i62.servimg.com/u/f62/12/22/09/10/2409_110.jpg
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The police also wore KD as their general duty dress, probably with a Kilmarnock type pillbox cap of dark blue.
http://i62.servimg.com/u/f62/12/22/09/10/hfsara10.jpg
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Not sure about the Marine Service but most likely KD again.

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Re: British North Borneo 1941-42

Post  MichalM on Tue 21 Apr 2009, 5:32 pm

Thanks!!

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British North Borneo 1941-42

Post  zebra on Tue 16 Jun 2009, 7:36 pm

The only bit of info i've found for The North Borneo Armed Constabulary is that they had a strength of 650 in 1941, but nothing on uniforms.But were they mostly UK or Malay/Borneo soldiers? I assume the officers were UK or Indian. As for Sarawak at the time of the Japanese invasion the armed forces had a strength of 2565consisting of the Sarawak Rangers, coastal marine service armed police called The Constabulary which had a military section called "Force B",plus a native vol force.The Sarawak Rangers had a strength of 1515 from the Iban/Dyak tribesmen,and i haven't found any uniform info. This whole force was known as SAR FOR. I believe that during the 1950's Malaya campaigns the Sarawak rangers had a relaxed attitude to field uniforms ,the Iban/Dyak soldiers wearing bits of tribal costume.

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