1924 - 1942


The Federated Malay States Volunteer Force (FMSVF) was constituted under Ordnance No. 5 of 1924. The Force consisted of the Malay States Volunteer Regiment and supporting units including Artillery, Transport, Signals and Medical each of which constituted a minor unit within the Force. The Signals element became the FMSVF Signals. These units remained in being until the fall of Malaya and Singapore to the Japanese forces in 1942, they were not reformed after the Second World War.

 The Federated Malay States (FMS) were ruled by Sultans, but each had a British Resident to whom they were accountable. The FMS consisted of Perak, Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Pahang. Each State had an Infantry Battalion and the Force also had an Artillery Battery, Signals Battalion, Transport Company and Medical Field Ambulance units.

 The total number of FMSVF personnel of mixed races was given as numbering some 4784. The FMSVF Signals Battalion made up some 280 of this total. The illustration above shows the Signals Battalion cap badge and below is shown a shoulder titles worn by the Signals Battalion.