Brid man honoured at ceremony

3 Burstill Hill'Barry Safhill pictured with his medals for servining Borneo'PA1108-17a
3 Burstill Hill'Barry Safhill pictured with his medals for servining Borneo'PA1108-17a

A BRIDLINGTON man has been honoured at a medal presentation for his service in the Borneo war.

Barry Safhill, 67, of Burstall Hill, was presented with his General Service Medal by a high ranking official of the Malaysian High Commission at a ceremony at Eden Camp, near Malton, last week.

The Pingat Jasa Malaysia (service to Malaysia) medal, was awarded to around 150 Commonwealth servicemen who served in the conflict between Malaysia and Indonesia in 1966 “in appreciation of the meritorious acts and supreme sacrifices made by the security forces and civilian staff,” said the Supreme Head of the Malaysian Federation.

Mr Safhill was a member of the catering core attachment of H Squadron 5th Royal Tank Regiment, and was posted to Borneo between January 1966 and September 1966.

He said: “It was a proud moment for me when I was presented with the medal, and it brought back memories of my time in Borneo.

“Myself and others who served have annual reunions which used to be held in Bridlington, and after the presentation we decided to arrange another to take place in April at the Monarch Hotel.

“Last year, I went back to the part of the island where I was stationed and it has now changed massively, the oil field is a big built up area.”

Barry, who lives with his partner Margaret, is originally from West Yorkshire but has lived in Bridlington for over twelve years, and currently helps provide a catering service for the Royal British Legion in the town.