My Military Links with Malaya and Malaysia – Tony Parrini – Saturday 25th November
The Friends of Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life present:
My Military Links with Malaya and Malaysia – A Talk by Sqn Ldr (Rtd) Tony Parrini, MBE
Saturday 25th November 2017
Talk starts at 4:30pm sharp and will be followed by supper
About the speaker:
Tony joined the RAF in 1965, and was commissioned into the Supply Branch June 1966 and served in various Supply and Logistics roles at various RAF locations both in the UK & abroad
including the RAF Support Unit at Butterworth, Malaysia and RAF Penang, Malaysia.
On promotion to Squadron Leader, Tony became Supply Wing Executive Officer, No 14 MU RAF Carlisle, then Depot Projects and Station Defence Officer, No 14 MU. His final tour in uniform was with the Supply Directorate responsible for the procurement of spares from the United States. In 1990 he took on the role as the RAF Community Relations Officer responsible for dealing with Low Flying Complaints, Claims, Media Handling and RAF Publicity for Cumbria and Tynedale until he eventually retired in October 2006. He was awarded the MBE for Services to the Community in Cumbria in 2008.
The Story of the Royal Air Force in Malaya at the outbreak of WW2 is not well known. Starting with The Malayan Volunteer Air Force which may not have been in the front line of air defence such as it was in Malaya and Singapore between 1940 and 42, yet it filled an invaluable niche in the area of reconnaissance, communication, and transport of military personnel before and during the short Malayan Campaign, thus relieving the hard pressed Royal Air Force of these duties. The arrival of the RAF in the area resulted in some heroic exploits and the award of a Victoria Cross to one of the airmen.
In amongst all this, Tony Parrini discovered that an uncle on his mother’s side of the family was conscripted into the Johore Volunteer Engineers, captured at the fall of Singapore, Jack Gould survived Changi Jail, the Burma Railway and the Ube POW Camp in Japan before being released, only to return to Malaya in 1947 and die of his wounds in Malacca in 1948.
Jump forward to 1968 and Tony Parrini served in Malaysia for 3 years involved in the rundown of RAF Butterworth and RAF Penang until the final withdrawal in October 1971.
Please contact the museum by phone (01228 532774) or email (email@example.com) to reserve a place.
For Friends of the Museum, admission is free including the supper.
Guests are asked to donate a minimum of £5 to cover expenses. A cash bar is available.
This talk is presented by the Friends of Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life
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