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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 470

Four: Rifleman R. Mason, Royal Green Jackets

General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, Brunei (23835755 Rfn. R. Mason. 1 Green. Jackets.); General Service 1962-2007, 2 clasps, Borneo, Malay Peninsula (23835755 Rfn. R. Mason. 1 Green. Jackets.), unofficial rivets; U.N. Cyprus; Malaya, Pingat Jasa Malaysia, mounted court-style for display, very fine (4)

Richard Mason enlisted in the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in 1958, shortly before their amalgamation to form the Green Jackets Brigade. Having initially served at home, he was deployed to the Far East with 'B' Company aboard the S.S. Nevassa, arriving at Penang in April 1962. Over the course of the following years, he would see active service across the region. Interestingly, when the order for mobilisation came to Penang in December 1962, in order to put down the Brunei revolt, Mason was one of 4 Riflemen who managed to miss the train to Singapore. They thankfully made it in time to board H.M.S. Tiger which took them up to Brunei and into action. The Green Jackets served with the 99th Gurkha Infantry Brigade, completing three tours in total. He would see further active service in Borneo, Western Sarawak and Cyprus, besides West Germany and Canada. Having been discharged in 1969, Mason had worn three different cap Badges in his 12 years' service; sold with cap badges, unit cloth badges and housed within a file of copied research.

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