History of the Rangers: Sikhs of the Malay State Guides (MSG) 1837 - 1897

 
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“When you're left wounded on

Afganistan's plains and

the women come out to cut up what remains,

Just roll to your rifle

and blow out your brains,

And go to your God like a soldier”

“We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”

“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”

“Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace,

for he must suffer and be the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't .”
“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

“Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.

“Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man."
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.

The Soldier stood and faced God


Which must always come to pass

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He hoped his shoes were shining

Just as bright as his brass

"Step forward you Soldier,

How shall I deal with you?


Have you always turned the other cheek?


To My Church have you been true?"


"No, Lord, I guess I ain't


Because those of us who carry guns


Can't always be a saint."

I've had to work on Sundays

And at times my talk was tough,

And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny

That wasn't mine to keep.

Though I worked a lot of overtime

When the bills got just too steep,

The Soldier squared his shoulders and said

And I never passed a cry for help

Though at times I shook with fear,

And sometimes, God forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around


Except to calm their fears.


If you've a place for me here,


Lord, It needn't be so grand,


I never expected or had too much,


But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was silence all around the throne

Where the saints had often trod

As the Soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Soldier,

You've borne your burden well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell."

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Sikhs of the Malay State Guides (MSG) 1837 - 1897
Friday, March 25, 2022

Malay State Guides soldiers have to be 5 ft 9 – a third of them were 6 ft and wore red tunics & green turbans with silver edgings.

Origins of the Malay State Guides Captain Tristian Speedy was a police superintendant in British Penang. He was hired by Mentri, Ngah Ibrahim of Larut, Perak to form a Military Police Force. In 1873 he went to Punjab to recruit 110 Sikh sepoys to form the Perak Armed Police.

In 1879 Lt Col Robert Sandilands Frowd (RSF) Walker was named Perak Commissioner of Perak Armed Police, taking over from Major Paul Swinburne. In 1883 he recruited 250 Sikhs and Pathans from Punjab for Perak Armed Police.

By 1884 the unit had 650 men, Sikhs, Punjabi Muslims, Pathans and 100 Malays. The Perak Armed Police was renamed as 1st Battalion Perak Sikh Military Police (1st Perak Sikhs ), with Walker as the commandant.
Selangor & Pahang formed Sikh Military Police Forces on similar lines and helped quell the Pahang rebellion in 1891. The State of Selangor has 530 Selangor Sikhs under Captain H.C.Syers and Pahang has, in 1890 13 Sikh police in Jelebu under Inspector Henessy.
In 1895 the Federated Malaya States was formed. The treaty requires all states to maintain a military force.

A regular infantry regiment was then formed from the various police units. In 1896 the regiment was renamed Malaya States Guides. It consisted of Majha Sikhs in A & B companies, Malwa Sikhs forming C & D companies. The Doaba Sikhs could join any Sikh companies.

1 Punjabi Muslim and Pathan companies was also formed. A depot was established for training recruits. ( A 7th company was raised temporarily during the Boer War to garrison Penang after British troops withdrawn). There were 10 Officers, 8 Native officers & 596 NCOs and men. By the onset of WW1, the force has grown to 900 men.

In 1897 June the regiment was sent to march in Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in London
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 11:28 AM  
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