Portsmouth veteran’s poems look at tragedy of battle

Trevor Morgan with his book Saga of Sabah
Trevor Morgan with his book Saga of Sabah

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A FORMER serviceman has published a book of poetry, hoping to shed light on what he claims is an injustice to his fellow veterans.

Trevor Morgan, 70, from Portsmouth, has released Saga of Sabah, which deals with a battle in north Borneo 50 years ago.

Mr Morgan said in 2004 the Malaysian government offered British and Commonwealth veterans of the conflict a medal – but the UK government refused to allow them to accept it.

It was not until 2011 that they were allowed to get the medal and wear it in public.

Mr Morgan said: ‘I was so incensed at the way the politicians treated us that I knew I had to get the book finished.

He has decided not to have the book published in Britain as an act of protest, but it can be bought in Malaysia.

Mr Morgan, who now lives in Somerset, said his poems dealt with the emotions and not the facts of the battle.

One poem is about how a naval rating swapped watch duties with him in order to photograph the sunrise, and was then promptly shot dead by a sniper.

He said: ‘For decades, I have had nightmares – demons that come in the night – which today I suppose would be called a mild form of post-traumatic stress disorder.

‘Publishing the book has hushed those demons a little bit. They are not gone, but they are not as noisy as they were.’

Mr Morgan is donating all profits from sales of the book to schools in Sabah.