RETIRED RAF squadron leader Ted Madge is to receive a medal, 50 years on from his service in Malaya.
Ted (73) received British medals during his long career with the RAF, including one recognising his service against communist terrorists in Malaya in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Now he’s one of hundreds of British ex-servicemen who will receive the Malaysian government’s military award for that conflict, the Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal.
Ted said: “It came out of the blue. I received a newsletter from the retirement side of the air force that said those of you who served in Malaya during a particular period are eligible for the medal.”
Ted will go to Springfields Events Centre in Spalding on May 4 to receive his medal from the Malaysian Embassy’s defence attache, Brigadier General Othman Jamal.
Born in Sidmouth, Devon, Ted joined RAF Halton, Buckinghamshire, as an apprentice weapons technician.
He finished his three year apprenticeship in 1957 and went straight to the Malayan operation, serving there until 1961.
His job at that time involved arming British bombers and he was based in neighbouring Singapore.
Ted became a warrant officer in 1979 and a squadron leader in 1990.
He said: “I specialised in weapons systems the whole time I was in the air force.”
Ted and his wife, Kath, moved to Spalding in 2001.
He later joined South Holland District Council’s property services department – looking after the Priory Road offices.
Ted said: “It was initially only for four months but I stayed eight years.”
He left the council at the end of October – spent a week in retirement – and then joined the Red Lion Quarter as operations adviser.
Ted is responsible for building maintenance and things like carrying out the Legionella risk assessment as well as health and safety.
Ted has three sons from a previous marriage and Kath has a son and a daughter.