Taiping platoon guards, 1930

taiping-platoon-guard,-1930

(Photograph source: Arkib Negara Malaysia)

Front (left to right): Pte. Mat Shah (died 1932), Sgt. Wan Mohamed, Raja Hussain, Ariffin and Wan Hashim.
Back row (left to right): Pte. Mohamad, Pte. Hashim and anon.

These men posing at the guard room possibly represent a platoon of the 1st Perak Battalion of the Malay States Volunteer Rifles, later the Federated Malay States Volunteer Force (FMSVF).

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Footnote: 8 November 2009 is Remembrance Day, during which HM Queen Elizabeth II will lead the UK in remembering the war dead, previously known as Armistice Day which was a public holiday on 11 November in the Malay States during British colonial times. The day is now moved to the Sunday nearest to 11 November. Malaysia remembers her war dead on Hari Pahlawan which is on 31 July.

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