I'm researching family history of my late father-in-law, Sergeant John MacDonald (service number 635405) and have discovered that he was mentioned in dispatches for "distinguished service in Malaya." This was published in The London Gazette on 10th March 1950, although from his service record he had been on home establishment for nearly a year by this date, so I assume it takes a while for such things to be processed.

Can anyone please direct me to sources which would give more information on what this was for - or possibly advise the types of circumstances which warranted such "mentions". As there are 32 different RAF personnel, from Wing Commander downwards listed together in this announcement, I suspect it may not be a specific incident but may instead be a recognition of long-service/good-conduct. Can anyone add anything to my scarcity of knowledge, please?