This month Charles Waddington, who spent 9 years in the Royal Engineers, was finally awarded the Pingat Jasa Malaysia medal. He served in Malaya and Borneo for 3 years in the late 1950's/early 1960's. The 200th recipient of the award, he first applied for it 6 years ago. The medal was somewhat controversial in the UK as the Government policy on medals did not allow UK veterans to officially wear it until 11th November 2011. The medal was first issued by the Malaysian Government in 2005, and veterans from other Commonwealth Countries have been able to officially wear it from the outset. The closing date for applications was 30th September 2012.
Charles lives in West Yorkshire and his story can be read in the Keighley News.