Campaign Service Medal 1962, 2 bars, Borneo, Malay Peninsula, 23662183 Tpr R.E. Mortimer, Q.D.G.
The Malay Penisula attached via a rod as it was issued later.
With copy of issue slip for Malay Peninsula bar confirming entitlement.
Trooper Mortimer was living at 6, The Wheatlands, Halton Brook Estate in Runcorn, Cheshire.
Richard Edward Mortimer was born on 9th July 1939 and later died in Halton, Cheshire during 1996.
He will have likely joined the Army around the time the 1st King’s Dragoon Guards and the 2nd Queen’s Bays (Dragoon Guards) amalgamated into the new 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards on 1st January 1959.
They first spent five years in Germany, equipped as a reconnaissance regiment with Saladin armoured cars, followed by a tour of Northern Ireland, which Trooper Mortimer appears to have missed.
Then Lieutenant Colonel Muir assumed command of the regiment on its arrival at Lisanelly Camp, Omagh. Shortly afterwards QDG was ordered to send an air-portable squadron to Cyprus in ten days time. Tradition has it that on Day nine a telephone call from the Ministry of Defence said, “Sorry, a terrible mistake. We meant an armoured car squadron, and we meant Borneo and not Cyprus.‟
Within six days all the squadron‟s vehicles, together with a flight of QDG
helicopters, were loaded onto the MV Myrmidon at Belfast and “B‟ Squadron flew out to Singapore three weeks later, moving on to take up station in the west of Sarawak.