48 thoughts on “Mountbatten Primary School, Terendak Camp, Malaysia

    1. I also started school at Mountbatten in 1967 and left in 1969. We lived within easy walking distance from the beach at Terendak. My class teacher was J Millard and I think the headmaster was Mr Bailey.

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      1. Sorry Janet memory isn’t great. I remember the fishponds outside the clssrooms, being in snow white and the seven dwarves, and finishing at lunchtime, spending the rest of the day at either the beach (jellyfish,) or the olympic swimming pool

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      2. I have the same memories as Steve Williams, I got stung by one of those little brown jellyfish and ended up in hospital. Apparently I was really ill!

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      3. Hi All We lived in Terendak from 1968 to 1971. My Sister Patricia Jolly ,went to Slim School and has been to many reunions, since. I was at Mountbatten ( Ann Jolly).Mr.Alsop was my teacher. Mum was secretary there. Does anyone remember the visit from Sir Edmund Hilary?? It was the best school days.

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    1. I certainly remember Jill. I was a relatively young teacher (deputy head) at the same time as Jill. Sadly, on retuning to England in 1966′ I failed to keep up with many ex-colleagues. Remember well: Keith Sunderland, Denis Graves as well as Archie Warford, the Head.

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      1. I certainly remember your name as my father, Archie Warford, was head of Mountbatten. I am.sure I have photos of you and dad at Mountbatten. I have been back twice once in late 1980s but was only able to get to front and back entrance to Terendak..Then in 2011 I attended a Terendak reunion and we visited the camp.and I was able to go into Mountbatten. Great memories. I am planning one last trip back combined with Myannmar at some point although who knows when we will be able to travel again. I will have a look through the photos

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      2. I’d be thrilled to see any photo of your Dad, Archie Warford. I remember him well; certainly Jennie, my wife, and I went to dinner with your parents at their house. I believe they lived near two other Mountbatten teachers: ‘the Carnie Twins’.

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      3. Hello Derek yes the Carnie twins lived next door to us in a house owned by Gilbert Beatty. All that has gone now of course. I have lots of photos including one of you I think possibly greeting the Duke of Edinburgh. Are you on Facebook if you are I can add you as friend and send photos

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  1. i attended Mountbatten school from 1966 to 1969 whilst my brother attended slim school. My family lived on Hang Tuah estate. I was fortunate to go back in 2008.These were the happiest days of my life in Malaysia.

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    1. Both my brothers were at Slim while my older sister and I were at Mountbatten. We all had a ball. We were there more or less the same as you and my brother also returned for a visit a few years ago. Quite a coincidence! 😀

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  2. Hi, I was also at Mountbatten School around 65 to 68, I remember Earl Mountbatten coming to visit the school, I had my Holy Communion and Confirmation at Corpus Christi, and lived in a lovely bungalow on Perth Ave,and my best friend, Ailsa from New Zealand lived further down the avenue towards the beach. I have such fond memories of those years, and its only now, aged 60, that, through talking with my 84 year old mother, prompted me to ‘look back’. so pleased I have.

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    1. They were great days, weren’t they? Magic memories and a perfect age to enjoy the whole experience. It’s amazing to think we were at school together though I was two years below you and my sister two years above. Both my brothers were at Slim Secondary (I think that’s what it was called). My eldest brother went back to Malaysia a few years ago and visited the camp. Sadly, much of it has simply been left to decay. The roofs of many of the houses had fallen in. 😦

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      1. I was there at the same time. I started school there in 1967 and left in 1969. Both of my brothers went to Slim school, as I remember it was kind of joined to our school. I was back in Malaya in 1993, but my tour guide would not take me back to Terendak as he said I would be disappointed.

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      1. Hi Patricia
        I also was at Mountbatten Sch in late 60’s
        Ann Jolly was my name. My sister Patricia went to Slim Sch.Met Sir Edmund Hilary on his visit. Played in Annie Get Your Gun and Snow White.
        We also lived in Perth Avenue and my friend was Carolyn Franklin from Australia. I live in Coffs Harbour now.

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  3. Hi
    Was at Mountbatten School too!
    I was in Mr. Alsops class in 1966. Miss Murray was my music teacher.Played in Snow White and Annie Get Your Gun school plays. Harry Brown was the choir master at church. My Mum was a school secretary .
    My sister Patricia was at Slim School.
    Ann Millar née Jolly

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    1. Ann.
      I was deputy head at Mountbatten September 1964 to 1966. Whilst I don’t remember a Mr Alsop, perhaps he started in September 1966 by which time I was back in England, I knew Harry Brown very well. He was a wonderful music teacher at Slim School as well as the choir master at the church. He and his wife subsequently moved to New Zealand; Jennie (my wife) and I visited him there as well as having a couple of holidays together in England. He became a leading figure in New Zealand music; sadly, he died early last year.
      Best wishes,
      Derek Jarrett

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  4. My best friends at terrandak school were Paul Turner,Lenard Boswell,and alien rangy known as muffy;she lived in New Zealand,such wonderful two years in Malaya, had we’d afternoons off school.

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  5. I remember miss borrill well she was my first love for sure, so sweet ! it was about 1967 and we had just come from Aus I was about nine and had been previously taught by christian brothers so I didn’t know how awesome she was until later. my most vivid memory was she gave me a stamp for my collection and her kind nature is stamped on my memory.i never heard anything about her life since but am a bit out of the way in cairns.i lived in Lincoln circle next to the Reynolds Helen. was my age and had an older sister my friend was David Woodhouse and his sister sue.i remember the sides of the graded road were crystals which we buzzed at each other they made that sound as they were oblong and uneven they whistled like bombs. I should have kept a boxful. I bet they are not there now.the valves lived in the next street I remember Vivienne too you were in my class! remember little jack and Stuart Cowan. funny we both now live in cairns!

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  6. I was at Mountatten from 1963 to 1965. The only teacher I remember was Miss Suckling. Prince Phillip visited in 1964 (I think).

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    1. Yes,I remember Prince Phillip coming through the door,I had a photo of that with miss bovril smiling,o what beautiful days Sadler we were only there 2 years,which seems the same for everyone,I now live in duffield,belper,England::I often sit dream of these wonderful years….from Patricia Turner,then Patricia mason

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  7. As a teacher, 64-66, I do remember Judith Suckling as a teacher. You are right in saying that Prince Phillip visited in 1964. Indeed, I have a photograph of him with the Headteacher, Archie Warford, and me when he visited a class I was teaching. Not sure if the shorts, long socks and shirt – all gloriously white – improved my teaching!

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  8. It would be lovely for everyone who was at Terandak camp to reply::share all these wonderful days,Paul Turner,Lenard Boswell,alien rangy(muffy)if ur reading this please reply;it would be absolutely magic if miss bovril was still with us and saw this and replyed.xx

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  9. I taught at the school between 1962 and 1964, then moved to Sea View school as Deputy Head. My elder daughter Julia was born in BMH Terendak and I was choirmaster at Christchurch Malacca for two years.

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    1. Hi Trevor,
      I certainly remember your name and I know we met socially two or three times. I was deputy head at Terendak from September 1964 for a couple of years. We were great friends of Dennis & Cynthia Turner and they stayed with us a couple of times when we retuned to England. Sadly, as we got more absorbed in family and career moves, we lost touch with them.
      Remember many other names of Terendak staff, too.
      Our youngest daughter, Heather, was born in the Terendak Hospital…July 1965.
      Good things to remember. We did go back to Malacca a couple of times in the early 90s.
      Best wishes, Derek Jarrett

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  10. Hi Derek,
    Of course I remember you. We moved schools at the same time, I believe. Very happy time for us. Dennis was at Seaview with me. I met him again in Nottinghamshire some years ago. We visited our old friend Ong Sek Poh in Malacca in 1988 and he arranged for us to do a quick tour of camp Terendak though, sadly, he is no longer with us. We still keep in close touch with Gordon & Dorothy Wood who came to Terendak in August 1962. Gordon later became Head of Port Dickson Primary school. We’re now living in Spain. Best wishes,
    Trevor

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  11. Blimey i was at Terrandak 65 to 67 i remember the milk was long life and pink or chocolate both yugh. afternoons at either the Olympic pool or the beach club Me and My sister lived an 1 Wollongong close

    who remembers the cafe in
    Malacca where the camp bus used to stop we used to have chips and sausage on black melamine plates

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  12. I was there in 67-68 when my parents sent me to school in Dover. Also liven I Perth avenue, next to Ann jolly
    (Hi Ann) also in the church choir, and Snow White. Happy afternoons at the swimming pool
    Steve williams

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