Colonel David Shallow – obituary

David Shallow

Colonel David Shallow, who has died aged 89, was a Royal Marine who chased bandits in Malaya and prepared Britain’s Civil Defence for nuclear war.

In June 1951 Shallow was a subaltern of a troop of 40 Commando Royal Marines, who were hunting bandits through the densely grown undergrowth of Upper Perak during the emergency in Malaya.

On first meeting the enemy at close range late in the afternoon, Shallow displayed great courage by leading a charge, which just failed as darkness fell and the bandits dived into a stream. He followed up by swimming his patrol across the stream and continuing the pursuit in the moonlight throughout the night.

Shallow followed the bandits for three days through thick swamp and primary jungle, remaining in contact until three were shot and two surrendered from lack of food.

Shallow was awarded the MC. The citation praised his consistently high standard of gallantry...

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