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Singapore Malayan Civil Service War Memorial

World War 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and Copyright © Martin Edwards 2005
much additional information Jonathan Moffat from his British Malayans Database

The Singapore Malayan Civil Service War memorial listed those men from the service who died in World War 2. The memorial is in the form of a marble plaque and can be found inside St Andrew's Cathedral on the interior wall.

Photograph Copyright © Martin Edwards 2005

IN MEMORY OF MEMBERS OF THE
MALAYAN CIVIL SERVICE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES
1939 - 1945

ARMSTRONG

Richard George de Ligny

Second Lieutenant Hampshire Regiment attached 2nd Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. Died 20th December 1941. Aged 21. Son of Colonel Bertie Harold Olivier Armstrong and Dorothy Maud Armstrong, of Overton, Hampshire. Scholar of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Buried in TAIPING WAR CEMETERY, Taiping, Malaysia. Plot 2. Row C. Grave 17.

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BANCROFT

Kenneth Humphrey

Captain, Kedah Volunteer Force. Died 22nd December 1942. Aged 37. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. PLot 8. Row J. Grave 66.

BIRD

Gerald L F

Private 113, 1st (Singapore Volunteer Corps) Battalion, Straits Settlements Volunteer Force. Died 17th January 1945. Husband of J. E. Bird, of Westerham, Kent, England. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 394.

BLEAKLEY

Robert James

Captain, Straits Settlements Volunteer Force. Died 9th Febvruary 1942. Straits Settlements Volunteer Force. Died 9th February 1942/ No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 391.

BOYD

Andrew Conor

Corporal 13615, 1st (Perak) Battalion, Federated Malay States Volunteer Force. Died 5th June 1943. Aged 38. Son of Robert and Sarah Boyd; husband of Nesta Maud Boyd, of Crosshaven, Co. Cork, Irish Republic. Buried in THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, Mynamar. Plot B3. Row O. Grave 14.

BRANT

Ronald Vickers

Sapper 1282, Johore Volunteer Engineers. Died 1st August 1945. Aged 37. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 6. Row F. Grave 29.

COCKMAN, DFC, ED

Herbert James

Major, 1st (Perak) Battalion, Federated Malay States Volunteer Force. Died 15th February 1942. Aged 43. Son of George Herbert and Mabel Mary Cockman; husband of Mary Campbell Cockman, of Sherborne, Dorsetshire. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 389.

COLE

'Dato' Walter

Lieutenant 225875, 2nd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Died 31st May 1943 of acute enteritis/cholera at Takanun, Thailand.. Aged 36. Born 1907 Aldershot. Son of Ernest Walter Palmer Cole and Annie Cole; nephew of Annie E. Cole, of North Walsham, Norfolk. Educated Paston School and St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. MCS Cadet [FMS] 1929. President, Town Board Johore Baru then Assistant Advisor, Kememan, Trengganu. 2nd Lt 225875 Dalforce then to 2nd Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders January 1942. POW Singapore to Thailand. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 2 Row O Grave 73.

DAKERS, MC

Colin hugh

Captain, Federated Malay States Volunteer Force attached to 135 (The Hertfordshire Yeomanry) Field Regt., Royal Artillery. Died 14th February 1942. Husband of W. T. Dakers, of St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Buried in KRANJI WAR CEMETERY, Kranji, Singapore. Special Memorial Plot 31. Row A. Grave 4.

DOHOO

Kenneth Godfrey Arthur

Civlian. Died 25th October 1944. Aged 37. Son of A. G. and Helen Dohoo, of 10 Squirrels Heath Avenue, Gidea Park, Essex; husband of Beryl Aldwyth Dohoo. Educated City of London School and Exeter College, Oxford. In November 1941, after 12 years in the MCS, latterly as District Officer in Bukit Mertajam and then Segamat, he went on leave to Australia. Returned to Malaya after 6 weeks. Wife and daughters spent the war in Perth, settled in Saffron Walden in 1946. Elder daughter, Jean Goyder, now lives near Ipswich; younger daughter, Anne Hinam, now in Chesterfield. Died at Muntok, Banka Island. Buried in SUMATRA, Indonesia.

FRASER

Henry

Private 13105, 2nd (Selangor) Battalion, Federated Malay States Volunteer Force. Died 17th November 1944. Aged 34. Son of Alexander Fraser, and of Margaret Isabella Fraser, of Rhynie, Aberdeenshire. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 392.

GREGG

John Francis Fitzgerald

Fying Officer 116815, Royal Air Force. Died 29th November 1943. Aged 40. Son of the Most Revd. John Allen Fitzgerald Gregg, D.D., Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland, and of Anna Alicia Gregg, of The Palace, Armagh, Northern Ireland. B.A.(Cantab.), Scholar of Christ's College. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 423.

HARRIS

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HARRISON-JONES

Charles Archibald

Second Lieutenant, 1st (Perak) Battalion, Federated Malay States Volunteer Force. Died 19th November 1943. Aged 26. Son of Charles Harrison-Jones, and of Frances Margaret Harrison Jones (nee Dawson), of Ipswich, Suffolk. B.A. (Oxon.). Buried in CHUNGKAI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 6. Row D. Grave 4.

HAY

Alistair William

Captain, 1st Battalion (Singapore Volunteer Corps), attd. B.H.Q. Died 21st October 1944. Aged 46. Son of Thomas William Littleton Hay and Alice Louisa Hay; husband of Joan Hay, of Bramley, Surrey. B.A.(Oxon). Exhibitioner of Tonbridge School and of Exeter College. Malayan Civil Service. Also served in R.E. Signals, 1917-1919. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 8. Row A. Grave 2.

HUGHES

Trevor Davis

Civilian. Died 15th April 1945. Aged 43. Husband of M. Hughes, of Strathview, Taynuilt, Argyllshire. Died at Singapore. Buried in MALAYA.

IRVINE, MC

Robert

Born 1894. Educated Dunfermline High School. Cadet FMS 1919. Various MCS appointments. Acting DO Klang 1935. Acting Secretary to High Commissioner 1937 - Resident KL. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.).

KIDD, MC

George Montgomery

Killed by Japanese near Parit Sulong while acting as a liaison officer 23rd January 1942. B.A Born 1889. Educated Tipperary Grammar School and Trinity College, Dublin. Cadet FMS 1912. WW1 Service with Royal Irish Fusiliers 1915-19. Major. Various MCS appointments Controller of Rubber, Malaya 1937 - British Resident, Selangor based at KL. Youngest son, Denis. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.).

KNAGGS

Charles Michael

Major 273533, Royal Engineers. Died 27th August 1945. Aged 27. Son of William and Marion Knaggs, of Wolsingham, Co. Durham. B.Sc. (Cantab): Trinity College. Buried in TAIPING CEMETERY, Taiping, Malaysia. Plot 3. Row B. Grave 3.

LAMBERT

John Dirom

Flying Officer (Pilot) 141540, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed in air accident, in Pakistan, 29th September 1944. Aged 31. Son of Henry and Violet Lambert, of Seaton, Devon. B.A. (Cantab.). Educated Charterhouse School & Magdalene College, Cambridge. MCS 1935 - Police Magistrate SS, Assistant Controller of Labour, Perak, based at Ipoh. Buried in KARACHI WAR CEMETERY, Paskistan. Plot 5 Row A Grave 8. See also Charterhouse School World War 2 Memorial and Seaton War Memorial, Devon.

McCASKIE

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Captain, British Army Aid Group. Died between 1st and 31st July 1942. Buried in SAI WAN WAR CEMETERY, China, (including Hong Kong). Plot II. Row B. Grave 1.

McEVETT

John Catherwood

Private 115, 1st (Singapore Volunteer Corps) Battalion, Straits Settlements Volunteer Force. Died 30th September 1943 at a prisoner of war. Son of Charles Henry and Jane Eliza McEvett, of Fairview, Dublin, Irish Republic; husband of Marjorie Eileen McEvett (nee Matthews). B.A. Senior Moderator Trinity College, Dublin. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 2 Row D Grave 59.

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MIDDLEBROOK

Stanley Musgrave

Civilian. Taken prisoner at Singapore, Died in captivity 19th October 1944, aged 46, Sime Rd. Born 1898. Educated Bradford Grammar School and St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. Cadet SS 1921. Acting DO Christmas Island 1924. Various MCS Chinese Protectorate appointments 1924-37. Cantonese speaker. Police Magistrate 1939. Immigration Officer SS & FMS, Chinese Protectotate Building. Evacuation Committee February 1942. Wife Violet evacuated to Hobart, Tasmania then UK. 3 year old son died in UK after evacuation. Changi internee. Double Tenth victim. Buried in MALAYA.

NEAVE, MC

John Richard

Captain, General List, 1st Battalion, Federated Malays States Volunteer Force, Liaison Officer with the British Forces in Malaya. Died of wounds 22nd January 1942, aged 49, at Pengan, Johore. Born 1893. Educated City School, Lincoln and King’s College, London. WW1 Service with Lincolnshire Regiment. Cadet SS 1919. Resident Labuan 1927. 2nd Assistant Secretary SS 1932. DO Klang 1936 then Tanjong Malim and Acting British Resident, Perak. Husband of M. Neave, of Louth, Lincolnshire. Also served in the Lincolnshire Regt., 1914-1918 War. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.) in 1917. Buried in KRANJI WAR CEMETERY, Kranji, Sinagpore. Plot 33. Row D. Grave 1.

NORTH-HUNT

Harold

Civilian. Taken prisoner by the Japanese at Singapore, died in captivity 2nd May 1942, aged 48, in Middleton Hospital. Born 1894. Educated Ipswich School and St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. Cadet FMS 1920.Various MCS appointments including DO Raub 1929 then Lipis 1930. Registrar-General of Statistics SS & FMS 1936 - Wife Patricia evacuated. Daughter Pamela. Lived at 8 Napier Rd, Singapore. Changi internee. Buried in SINGAPORE.

PEDLOW

Joseph Howard

He died shortly after the War. B.A Born 1889. Educated Intermediate School, Newry and Queen’s College.Cadet SS 1912. Protector of Chinese, Penang 1924. Various MCS appointments. Barrister 1924. Acting Solicitor-General SS 1932. Solicitor- General SS 1933. Justice Lawyer and Puisne Judge, Straits Settlements 1936-42. Evacuated February 1942 to Sumatra [Padang] then ?. Wife E. G. Youngest son Malcolm. Widow living in Mill Hill 1960s.

RAJA AMAN SHAH BIN RAJA HARUN

Captain, 3rd (Negri Sembilan) Battalion, Federated Malay States Volunteer Force. Murdered by the Japanese with other Malay officers of the Volunteer Forces and Malay Regiment 28th February 1942 at Singapore. Aged 40. Born 1902. Educated Malay College. Malay Civil Service from 1921. By 1934 District Officer, Kuala Langkat. From 1936 District Officer, Jelebu. By 1940 District Officer, Port Dickson. Lieutenant to Captain 3rd Negri Sembilan Battalion, Federated Malay States Volunteer Force. Husband of Tungku Bahrom, of Alor Star, Kedah. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Kranji, Singapore. Column 389.

RAPPOPORT

John Gerald

Flying Officer (Pilot) 117641, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed 21st April 1943, aged 28, in United Kingdom. Son of Frederick Gerald Rappoport and of Vera Rose Rappoport (nee Tweedie); husband of Winifred Eve Rappoport (nee Trevaskis), of Horsham. To Malaya 1938. Wife Winifred Eve. MCS 3rd Magistrate Criminal District & Police Courts SS. Buried in RUSPER (ST. MARY MAGDALENE) CHURCHYARD, Sussex.

RENDLE

Hilary Cameron Russell

Air Raid Warden. Died in captivity 26th October 1944, aged 46, at Outram Gaol. Born 1899. Educated Christ’s College NZ; Canterbury College, University of New Zealand and New College, Oxford. MCS Cadet FMS 1921. By 1940 attached to the Colonial Secretariat. Aged 43 in 1942. Son of Dr. C. E. Russel Rendle; husband of Valerie Patricia Rendle, of Furzeleigh, Yelverton, Devon. Wife Valerie evacuated to United Kingdom. Daughters Diana and Hilary. Changi and Sime Rd internee. Double Tenth victim. Valerie lived post-war at Yelverton, Surrey. Buried in SINGAPORE.

ROSS

Harold Robert 'Bobby'

Lieutenant 325365, General List attached 'Z' Special Unit. Killed in action 16th October 1944, aged 27, Soreh Island. Born 1917 India. Son of Thomas Spinks (formerly Lieut,.Col. Indian Medical Service) and Irene Leefe Ross. (Nee Robinson). Educated St Peter’s School, Seaford; Wellington College and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. 1st in Natural Sciences. MCS Cadet, arrived Singapore 6th September 1940 - ADO Kuala Pilah. Joined FMSVF at Port Dickson 8th February 1941. Gunner FMSVF Light Battery [Kuala Pilah and KL]. Escaped Singapore 16th February 1942 to Sumatra in the same party as General Gordon Bennett then to Ceylon. Arrived Bombay 10th March 1942. Attended Officers Course at Bombay April 1942 - IA Commission. Assistant/DO in Nigeria June 1942- January 1944. SOE/SRD Operation Rimau October 1944. Buried in KRANJI WAR CEMETERY, Kranji, Singapore. Plot 27 Row A Grave 15.

SHEEHAN

John Joseph

Born 1896. Educated Christian School, Dublin and University College, Dublin. MCS Cadet FMS 1920. By 1937 Public Trustee & Official Administrator FMS. Aged 45 in 1942. His wife Molly, aged 31, was evacuated on the Empress of Japan and arrived in Liverpool 19th May 1942. To Co. Wicklow. He was a Changi and Sime Rd internee.

SIMPSON-GRAY

Lester Cartwright

Civilian. Captured by the Japanese. He joined 4 Anti-Tank Reg. AIF Killed in action 15th Febraury 1942 in Singapore. B.A. Born 1904. Educated Winchester and New College, Oxford. 1924-1926 2nd Lt then Lt. Royal Devon Yoemanry. MCS Cadet FMS 1926. Barrister. By 1940 DO Tampin NS. Captain [General List] Wife Mary D. evacuated on Aorangi, arriving Fremantle WA 23rd January 1942. Listed as Civilian war dead on CWGC. Buried in SINGAPORE.

STAYNES

George Francis

Private 6020, 1st (Singapore Volunteer Corps) Battalion, Straits Settlements Volunteer Force. Died 24th March 1943. He won an open scholarship to Oxford and then entered the Indian Civil Service. He was a District Commissioner in the Malay States at the outbreak of the second world war. Buried in KRANJI WAR CEMETERY, Singapore. Plot 13. Row A. Grave 13.

THOMAS

Albert William Jesse 'Tommy'

Second Lieutenant 366188, General List and Dalforce. Killed in action 7th February 1942. Aged 24, at Singapore. B.A. Educated Pembroke College, Cambridge. To Malaya 1938. MCS. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Kranji, Singapore. Column 114.

WALKER

George Anthony Gilbert

Second Lieutenant, 2nd (Singapore Volunteer Corps) Battalion, Straits Settlements Volunteer Force. POW Singapore to Thailand. Died in captivity 23rd July 1943. Aged 34. Born 1909. Son of Major-General William George Walker, V.C., C.B., and of Margaret Alice Elaine Walker (nee Molesworth); husband of Kathleen Patricia Walker. B.A. (Oxon). Golders Green. Educated Rugby School & Oriel College, Oxford. MCS Cadet SS 1932. Police Magistrate. Secretary to British Adviser, Kelantan. Wife Kathleen. L/Cpl [1937] to 2nd Lt 2SSVF [Major KVF??]. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 2 Row J Grave 59.

WARD

Robert Adrian [Horace]

Second Lieutenant EC/4822, 18th Royal Garhwal Rifles. Killed in action 15th February 1942. Son of Maj. Robert Oscar Cyril Ward, Royal Tank Regt., and Florence Mary Ward. MCS Police Magistrate Straits Settlements, Adviser and Assistant Collector of Land Revenues, Batu Bahat VF reported wounded in JB. Joined 18th Royal Garwahlis 11th February 1942 – 2nd Lt Emergency Commission. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Kranji, Singapore. Column 285.

WATSON

Henry

Corporal 13429, 1st Battalion, Straits Settlement Volunteer Force. He died in captivity 6th August 1944, aged 35, in Borneo [in a mass escape?] Born 1909 Carrickmacross, Ireland. Son of the Revd. Canon Watson and Mrs. Watson; husband of Doreen M. Watson, of Green Street Green, Kent. Educated Campbell College, Belfast & Trinity College, Dublin. Cadet FMS 1934 attached to Labour Office, Penang. By 1937 Acting Controller of Labour Penang. By 1940 Police Magistrate, Singapore. POW Singapore to Borneo with E Force. Wife Doreen evacuated on Narkunda, arriving Fremantle, Western Australia, 24th January 1942. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Kranji, Singapore. Column 393.

WILLIAMS

Frank Leslie

Captain, 1st Battalion attached Brigade H.Q., Straits Settlements Volunteer Force. M.A Died in captivity 4th August 1943 Changi. [overland 17th May 1943 – check??] Born 1899. Educated Weymouth College and Christ’s College, Cambridge. Cadet FMS 1921.Various MCS appointments. Protector of Chinese JB 1938. Wife Gwynn [nee Manby]. Buried in CHUNGKAI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot & Row H Grave 10.

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