Proud day for veteran Warwick

Warwick Manders is presented with his Pinjat Jasa Malaysia medal  by Brigadier General Othman Bin Jamal of the Malaysian High Commission.

Warwick Manders is presented with his Pinjat Jasa Malaysia medal by Brigadier General Othman Bin Jamal of the Malaysian High Commission.

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THIS was the moment a proud Northumberland veteran was honoured for his bravery in a brutal conflict – almost half a century after it ended.

Warwick Manders, left, of Widdrington Station, joined former servicemen at a ceremony at Newcastle Falcons’ Kingston Park ground on Monday to be presented with the prestigious Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) medal.

Brigadier General Othman Bin Jamal, of the Malaysian High Commission, was on hand to present medals to around 40 North East veterans for their service in Malaya/Malaysia between 1957 and 1966.

Mr Manders, 66, said: “I was very honoured to be there. It brought back a lot of poignant memories.”

The PJM is given by the Malaysian Government to British veterans and others who fought rebel forces in a bloody guerrilla war.

It recognises distinguished chivalry, gallantry, sacrifice or loyalty which contributed to the freedom and independence of Malaysia.

The Malaysian Government had to seek approval from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before the medals could be presented and made the first approach in 2005.