Amazing detail.Templer had the unusual (and self-appointed) role in Malaya as High Commissioner and Director of Operations, and was the driving force of implementing the Briggs Plan, bring civil, police and military activities under one roof. He went on to be CIGS (=CDS). His predecessor, Sir Henry Gurney, was assassinated in his official car by Communist 'bandits'. He was travelling with his wife and an escort of two armoured cars and on a bed the CTs attacked, riddling his car with bullets. To save his wife, he calmly got out of the car and drew fire away from his wife (and ADC - who died very recently) and walked to his death. Gurney's predecessor, Sir Edward Gent DSO MC, died in a plane crash at Northolt in 1948. He had been recalled to London to face questioning about his handling of the civil unrest in Malaya, as well as an investigation into his alleged communist leanings. Templer was very much an 'Action This Day' sort of chap and the IRA injured him when they bombed the (old) In and Out Club on 11 October 1974. They also attacked the Victory Services Club the same day. He was quick shaken by this, and after than hardly stepped out of his home; at home he sat with a revolver, apparently.