Leeds woman awarded brother’s Malaya medal

Lance Corporal's Norman Hoggett's sister Pauline Walton with the Elizabeth Cross.
Lance Corporal's Norman Hoggett's sister Pauline Walton with the Elizabeth Cross.
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The bravery of a young West Yorkshire soldier has been recognised and honoured exactly 61 years after he was killed while on active service in Malaya.

Lance Corporal Norman Hoggett was just 21-years-old when he and four colleagues died in an ambush by Communist terrorists on the afternoon of March 2, 1950.

Research by the Army showed that Norman’s family had never received his service medal for Malaysia.

That oversight was put right yesterday when his sister, Mrs Pauline Walton, who lives in Kirkstall, was presented with his service medal for Malaysia at a Civic Hall ceremony.

It was handed over by the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe, who also presented Mrs Walton with the Elizabeth Cross, given to the families of service personnel killed in action or as a result of terrorist attack.

Norman was only 15-years-old when he joined the Army in 1943. Five years later, as a member of 3 Company Workshops Royal Army Service Corps, he was sent to Malaya – then a British Protectorate – where Communist terrorists were attacking military and civilian targets.

He and his colleagues were responsible for maintaining vehicles that kept a crucial supply network open in one of the most dangerous parts of the country.

On March 20 he was among a number of soldiers sent to recover a truck stuck deep in the jungle. They were attacked by a large group of terrorists and Norman and four of his comrades died.

They now lie together in the Batu Gajah Christian Cemetery in Perak, Malaysia.

Thanks to Norman and many others who laid down their lives, the Communists were defeated.

After receiving the medals Mrs Walton said: “I feel very proud.

“He was a very kind person. Our mother died when I was seven-years-old and he used to look after me a lot.”

She added that the medals would take pride of place in her home.

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