Richardson wrote in his diary that there was a sort of panic prevailing in Kuala Lumpur with air raids over the city. Then at 1630 the Independent Company suddenly moved out of Kuala Lumpur along Kuala Selangor Road where the Japanese have made a landing some 600 strong.
Laying up in rubber until 1930 approx in positions. Then moved off to Batang Berjuntai, 13 miles from Kuala Selangor. Slept quite well there until 0500 on side road.
In Fearon’s account, he indicated that after the arrival of the Company in darkness (at Batang Berjuntai), night positions were taken up covering both bridges and the approach from the West.
The Company was deployed as follows:
- 1 Platoon left watching approaches from the West (from Richardson’s account, he may be part of this platoon)
- 3 Platoon Right on demolished bridge
- 2, 4 Platoons, Coy.HQ and AIF (Rose Force) on Main (Western) bridge with an offensive role for tomorrow.
Information was received that two tps (troops?) 3 Cav (3 cavalry?) were North of the river on the road running East and West from Kuala Selangor and that they had been in heavy contact with the enemy during the day and were withdrawing towards the bridge.This entry was posted in Uncategorized