God’s Little Acre 2012


God’s Little Acre, Batu Gajah

The annual remembrance ceremony at the Anglican cemetery, Batu Gajah (better known as God’s Little Acre) is to honour those who gave up their lives during the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960).

Veterans remembering their comrades

It is a solemn occasion where veterans from among planters, miners, the Police Force and Commonwealth troops pay tribute to their fallen comrades.

(L) 2nd from left,Tan Sri Yuen Yuet Ling with fellow Police personnel (R) MPOA Members

This years’ ceremony saw over 37 wreaths being laid by representatives on the cenotaph.

(L) Penang Veterans with Dato Carl Bek-Nielsen (R) L-R/ Martin Bek-Nielsen and far right H.E. Simon Featherstone

British High Commissioner, His Excellency Simon Featherstone was one of those present at the service.

Also present were former CPO of Perak, Tan Sri Yuen Yuet Ling and former OCPD of Batu Gajah Dato R. Thambipillay. Both were instrumental in organising the first remembrance ceremony at the site in 1980.

The Bek-Nielsen brothers, Dato Carl and Martin were notably present and represented the planters when laying the wreath.

The event at Batu Gajah was organised by the Malaysian Palm Oil Association..

The Malayan Emergency was triggered when Communist guerillas shot dead three European rubber planters at Sungai Siput on June 16, 1948.

Bagpipers greet HE Mr Lekah Nath Bhattarai

Another memorial service was held on the same day at the Gurkha Cemetery located within Camp Syed Putra, Tambun Road. The event here was organised by the Wira Association of Malaysia with the assistance of the 2nd Battalion Royal Ranger Regiment.

‘The Last Post’

His Excellency Mr Lekah Nath Bhattarai, the Acting Ambassador of Nepal was present at the ceremony as were the representatives of the British and Australian High Commissions.

(l-r) 2nd from left, H. E. Lekah Nath Bhattarai. At extreme right is Dato R Thambipillay

Upon arrival the guests were greeted by bagpipers from the 2nd Royal Ranger Regiment and the Royal Gurkha Rifles from Brunei.

The day’s ceremonies ended with a sumptuous luncheon at the Royal Ipoh Club.



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2 thoughts on “God’s Little Acre 2012

  1. The memorial also includes the many expats who died while in Malaya/Malaysia – not just the ones killed during the dreadful Emergency. My first husband, a rubber planter, Donald Baxter, was murdered in a payroll robbery near Batu Gajah in 1963 – the country was at peace, but greed reigned. My son’s, – he was but 5 weeks old – my family’s and my life was shattered. We will be at God’s Little Acre next year to lay our wreath in memory of the 50th anniversary of his murder.

  2. Fathol,
    Thank you again for the coverage in IPOH ECHO of our annual visit to Taiping, Batu Gajah, Syed Putra etc. We are extremely grateful for the publicity provided by your local newspaper and look forward to visiting each year to renew old friendships and also making new friends
    Yours in comradeship
    John Plenty
    State President
    National Malaya Borneo Timor Veterans Association Australia
    (South Australia Inc)

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