Formation of 28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade Group (Australian Component) 1955

Information from National Archives Australia (Melbourne), Series MT729/8, Item 19/431/58

From: GHQ FARELF SINGAPORE

TO: Army HQ MELBOURNE

Subject: 28th COMMONWEALTH INFANTRY BRIGADE GROUP

Reference: CRFE/20023/13/SD3 dated 23 June 1955

AIM

The aim of this letter is to confirm you of our present plans for the formation of the Commonwealth Infantry Brigade Group.

DESIGNATION

2. The War Office have suggested that in view of the Commonwealth association with 28th Infantry Brigade in KOREA it would be appropriate to call the new formation 28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade Group. Please say if you agree with this.

FORMATION OF UNIT

3. Our proposed establishments for the units of 28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade Group were sent to you under Reference A.

4. Appendix A attached shows our proposed locations for the units of the Brigade Group, and the BRITISH Units which the AUSTRALIAN elements will join, and which will form part of the Brigade Group.

MOVES OF UNITS

  1. The time table for the moves to MALAYA will be discussed in detail at the forthcoming conference in MELBOURNE. Our suggested outline programme is as follows:
  2. Advance Parties Expected time of arrival late August or early September

    Main Bodies (Less Field Battery) Expected time of arrival late September or early October

    Field Battery Expected time of arrival late November or early December

  3. It is proposed to disembark your contingent at PENANG to avoid complication of transit accommodation in SINGAPORE and a 24 hour train journey from SINGAPORE to PENANG.
  4. EQUIPPING OF UNITS

  5. Equipping instructions will be issued later.

 

General

Commander in Chief

FAR EAST Land Forces

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United Kingdom Service Liaison Staff

Room 134 "A" BLOCK

VICTORIA BARRACKS

MELBOURNE

UKSLS/1508/1

20 July 55

DSD

Army Headquarters

VICTORIA BARRACKS

Infantry Brigade Group for the Strategic Reserve

Reference telephone conversation Cols TAYLOR-BIGGS and GHQ FARELF letter CRFE/20014/19/SD1 dated 29 Jun 55.

1. Para 2 of the GHQ FARELF letter forwarded a War Office suggestion that the new Infantry Brigade Group should be entitled "28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade Group", in view of the Commonwealth association with 28th Infantry Brigade in KOREA.

2. A signal has been received from GHQ FARELF which states that the War Office has made a further suggestion that "28th (ANZAM) Independent Infantry Brigade Group" might be a more suitable title.

3. C-in-C, FARELF has indicated his strong preference for the former title as continuing the happy tradition of co-operation and because there will be no Malayans in the Brigade Group.

  1. The insertion of "Independent" in the title appears desirable.

5. I would be grateful for your confirmation that you also prefer the title "28th Commonwealth Independent Infantry Brigade Group"

Colonel

U.K.A.L.O.

U.K.S.L.S.

Copy to: NZALO - Although NEW ZEALAND forces are not planned at present to be part of this Brigade Group, you may care to express a NEW ZEALAND view on this proposal.

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MILITARY BOARD

ARMY

19-431-58 (G3)

GHQ

FARELF

C/- GPO SINGAPORE

28 COMMONWEALTH INFANTRY BRIGADE GROUP

  1. Reference BM3 to CRFE/20014/19/SD1 of 29 Jun 55.

2. It is agreed that the formation designation should be 28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade Group.

3. The attached Appendix 'A' gives details of the designations of Australian Components of the British Commonwealth Strategic Reserve. It will be noted that the projected location of 103 Dental Sec RAADC is shown as PENANG.

Major General

Deputy Chief of the General Staff

27 July 1955

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28 COMWEL Indep Inf Bde Gp Order of Battle (dated 8 Nov 55)

Serial

Unit

Designation Australian Component

Present Location

 

HQ

 

 

1

HQ 28 COMWEL Indep Bde GP

HQ 28 COMWEL Indep Inf Bde Gp Aust component

BUTTERWORTH

2

28 COMWEL Indep Inf Bde Gp Def and Emp PL

HQ 28 COMWEL Indep Inf Bde GP Def and Emp PL Aust Component

BUTTERWORTH

3

28 COMWEL Indep Inf Bde GP LAD

 

BUTTERWORTH

4

28 COMWEL Indep Inf Bde GP Sig Sqn

28 COMWEL Indep Inf Bde Gp Sig Sqn AUST Component

BUTTERWORTH

 

INF

 

 

5

1 R LINCOLNS

 

 

6

1 RSF

 

IPOH

7

2 RAR

2 RAR

MINDEN BARRACKS PENANG

 

ARTY

 

 

8

105 FD BTY RAA

105 FD BTY RAA

BUTTERWORTH

9

105 FD BTY RAA det LAD

105 FD BTY RAA Det LAD

BUTTERWORTH

 

ENGR

 

 

10

11 Indep Fd Sqn RE

4 TP (RAE) 11 Indep Fd Sqn RE

SUNGEI BESI

 

ST

 

 

11

3 COY RASC

  1. HQ 3 Coy RASC AUST component
  2. 126 Tpt Pl RAASC
  3. AUST det RDI

IPOH

12

3 COY RASC LAD

 

IPOH

 

MED

 

 

13

16 Fd Amb

1 Sec (RAAMC) 16 Fd Amb RAMC

WARDIEBURN CAMP KUALA LUMPUR

PENANG

14

103 Aust Army Dental Sec

103 Aust Army Dental Sec

 

 

ORD

 

 

15

28 COMWEL Indep Inf Bde Gp OFP

28 COMWEL Indep Inf Bde Gp OFP AUST component

TAIPING

 

ME

 

 

16

2 Inf Wksp REME

2 Inf Wksp AUST Component

TAIPING

17

Stores Sec 2 Inf Wksp

 

 

 

PRO

 

 

18

28 Comwel Indep Inf Bde Gp Pro Unit

1 Sec (RAA Pro) 28 COMWEL Indep Inf Bde Pro Unit

PENANG (one section

BUTTERWORTH (one section)

 

PAY

 

 

19

257 Fd Cash Office

 

BUTTERWORTH

 

POSTAL

 

 

20

368 Postal Unit RE

 

BUTTERWORTH

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GHQ

FAR EAST Land Forces

C/o GPO SINGAPORE

CRFE/20014/33/SD1

November 1955

The Under Secretary of State,

The War Office,

Whitehall,

LONDON SW1

Subject: FAR EAST STRATEGIC RESERVE

Reference: CRFE/20023/13/SD3 dated 23 June 1955

Appendix 23 to War Office Policy

Statement No 37 (3rd Revise)

1. The report in the following paragraphs on the formation of the Far East Strategic Reserve is forwarded for your information.

28 COMMONWEALTH Independent Infantry Brigade Group

2. The main bodies of the AUSTRALIAN Component arrived in MALAYA on 19 October. The 28 Commonwealth Infantry Brigade Group is now complete to the scale laid down in reference B except for one field regiment less one battery and one LAA battery. The units comprising the brigade and their present locations are given in Appendix A attached. The provisional establishment of each unit was forwarded to you under reference A. The final establishments have been agreed with AHQ MELBOURNE and will be sent to you shortly for approval.

3. As soon as suitable permanent accommodation can be built near MALACCA, it is intended to concentrate the Brigade Group there. The High Commissioner for the Federation of MALAYA has requested that the intention to use MALACCA for the long term location of AUSTRALIAN troops should not be disclosed for political reasons.

NEW ZEALAND SAS Squadron

4. The NEW ZEALAND SAS Squadron will arrive in MALAYA by the end of November. After the completion of parachute training on 5 February 1956 the Squadron will be stationed in KUALA LUMPUR with 22 SAS Regiment.

General

Commander-in-Chief

FAR EAST Land Forces

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