Death of Lau Yew

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Death of Lau Yew
Part of Malayan Emergency
Death of Lau Yew is located in Peninsular Malaysia
Death of Lau Yew (Peninsular Malaysia)
Date16 July 1948

British victory

Death of key Malayan Communist Party leader
 United Kingdom Malayan Communist Party
Commanders and leaders
Bill Stafford Lau Yew
20 police and detectives at least 30
Casualties and losses
no serious casualties 11 killed, including 2 leaders

The Death of Lau Yew took place at the beginning of the Malayan Emergency. British security forces clashed with those of the Malayan Communist Party resulting in the death of one of their key leaders, Lau Yew.[1] He had been betrayed by his own bodyguard.[2]

Six people were killed in the initial attack. Five Chinese women who had been captured by the British were then killed when 30 Communists counter-attacked.[3]


  1. ^ "Malayan Emergency", Britain's Small Wars Archived 2001-04-06 at the Wayback Machine accessed 17 November 2013
  2. ^ "Location Scouting in archive footage of the immediate events following the Japanese surrender in 1945 (Part 3 – The Decoration Ceremony)" The Hunter: Scouting Singapore's Film History accessed 17 November 2013
  3. ^ "Rebels' H.Q. Raided In Malaya". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 17 July 1948. p. 1. Retrieved 17 November 2013.

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