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Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,824
November 7, 2009 12:00am

An email from Simon Light (simonlight@hotmail.com or phone 00-39-340-8513578)


"Does anyone remember or know anything about Robert Light? As far as I know, which is not much, he was a seargent, perhaps a snowdrop, with the RAF regiment. He would have been posted in Penang at least twice. The first time he was there, perhaps around 1963-64, he met and married his wife, Chuah Poh Gim. Years later, in 1969, I was born in the Military Hospital in Changi, Singapore. The reason why I ask is that I am his youngest son, and about Robert Light, and his life in Penang with the Air Force, I know absolutely nothing. Robert died in 1973, and I think my mother was so utterly devastated by this, that she could not look back on those years without great pain, so she never talked about him, them or Penang. I think this is because that period of their lives, the RAF years in Penang, was perhaps some of the best years of their lives. There seems to have been something very special in the place, in the life there that captured their hearts, and indeed the hearts of many of the contributors to this column, or at least that is how I always imagined it. So if anyone has any information about the man Sgt. Robert Light, his life out in Penang, anecdotes, friends, colleagues, anything, please let me know. Thanks".
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 432
November 7, 2009 5:25am

Simon,sadly I never knew your Father,I commenced my first tour of duty in the area in 1972.But I can tell you this,if you wish to know what it was that captured your Fathers heart,go to Pinang.Go to the places your Father would have known,The Universitie Sians Malaysia,your Father would have known as Minden Barracks,it hasn't changed all that much,whilst your out that way go to Bayan Baru to Jln Mayang Pasir,there you will find buildings that were formerly barracks,you will know them when you see them.What is now an International School,in Tanjong Bungah,your Father would have known as Sandycroft.Go to places such as Taiping and Ipoh,your Father would have known Ashby Road Barracks.Go,walk in his footsteps and breath it all in.Then you will know what captured his heart
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 432
November 7, 2009 5:46am

P.S. Simon,be warned as Kipling wrote"Once you've heard the East a calling,you won't never eed nought else"



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