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Malacca World War 1 Memorial, Malaysia

Compiled & Copyright © Martin Edwards 2005

The memorial can be found on the left hand wall inside Christ Church. Christ Church stands in red Square in Malacca and is an original Dutch Church. The memorial is in the form of a wooden plaque with enclosing doors. Note: Reference to some of these men and the estates they worked on can be found in a copy of the Straits Times 1 February 1915, page 6.

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GOD, KING & COUNTRY
MALACCA
GREATER LOVE HATH
NO MAN THAN THIS

ANDERSON
Lawrence
Second Lieutenant, 4th Battalion (Territorial), Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 11th October 1915. Employed as Planter on the Devon Estate. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 31 to 34.
BAGNALL
Richard Gordon
Second Lieutenant, 114th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 1st July 1916. Aged 31. Employed on Merlimau Estate. Son of William Gordon Bagnall and Jessie Bagnall, of 69, Overstrand Mansions, Prince of Wales Rd., Battersea, London. Native of Stafford. Buried in BOUZINCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 9.
BUTCHER
[Arthur] James Basil
Second Lieutenant, 17th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 3rd September 1916. Aged 32. Employed on Lendu Estate. Son of Col. Herbert Townsend Butcher, (R.A.) and Annie Susan Butcher; husband of Gertrude T. Butcher, of Eastern Lodge, Kempsey, Worcester. Buried in ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, Somme, France. Plot II. Row F. Grave 7.
COLES
Lionel George
Captain, 16th Battalion, Royal Scots (LOthian Regiment). Killed in action 1st July 1916. Aged 27. Employed as a Planter on Jasin Estate. Son of Walter George Coles, F.S.I., of Barntyles, Oxted, Surrey. Buried in GORDON DUMP CEMETERY, OVILLERS-LA BOISSELLE, Somme, France. Plot V. Row E. Grave 5.

The Straits Times, 4 January 1915, Page 7
Temporary Commissions
The following is a list of those to whom his Excellency the Govenor has, on thie authority of the Army Council, offered temporary commissions for the duration of the war in the new service battalions now being raised. The list is cmplete up to the end of December 1914
COLES, L.G. Planter

COREN
Edward Walker
[Listed on memorial as Edward] Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 15th June 1915. Employed by Malacca Rubber Plantations, Tampin. Buried in BEDFORD HOUSE CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Enclosure No. 2 Plot V. Row B. Grave 38.

Extract from de Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-18 - Part One - Page 94:

COREN, EDWARD WALKER, 2nd Lieut., Royal Field Artillery, only s. of the late John William Coren, of Guyscliffe, Gloucester, Solicitor; b. Gloucester 8 Feb. 1893; educ. Cheltenham College, and on leaving there did 12 months’ training at Aldershot with the R.F.A. Special Reserve. He then went to the Malay States, but on the outbreak of war returned, and was gazetted 2nd Lieut. In the Special Reserve of the R.F.A., 23 Dec. 1914, and into the Regular Army, 25 May, 1915. He went to the Front in March, and was severely wounded on the night of 14 June, 1915, while out with a party of men laying telephone wires. They had had to take shelter three times owing to the heavy shell fire. Lieut. Coren made a fourth attempt to finish the work, but he and three out of the four men with him were so severely wounded that they died the following day. The fourth man, a driver, was seriously wounded, but survived, He was buried at Ypres unm. His Col. wrote speaking very highly of the work he had done while under his command. Coren was a good all-round athlete and sportsman, At Cheltenham he was a prefect and in the cricket eleven, and was considered a good bowler. He also played football and won the High Jump two years in succession. He was also an exceptionally good horseman.

CUTBILL
Bernard
Captain, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died as a prisoner of war 24th March 1918. Aged 28. Employed by Malacca Rubber Plantations as an accountant. Son of Prederick and Mary Cutbill, of 15, Britannia Rd., Southsea, Portsmouth. Buried in ONTARIO CEMETERY, SAINS-LES-MARQUION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 5.
DRUMMOND
Campbell
Second Lieutenant, Gordon Highlanders. Died 15th March 1915. Employed by Chimpul (N.S.) Ruuber Estate ltd. No further information currently available.
EAMES
William Stanley
Lieutenant, 7th Battalion attached 12th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died of wounds 16th February 1916. Aged 27. Employed with Cadet Service. Son of Harry William and Eleanor Mary Eames, of The Mount, Cosby, Leicester. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row A. Grave 34.

The Straits Times, 1 May 1915, Page 12
Malaya's Contingent.
THE MEN WHO HAVE ANSWERED THE CALL

List to End of April
We are in receipt from the Governmen of the following lists of men who have gone home from malaya in connection with the war....
EAMES, W.S. Civil Servant, S.S.

HANCOCK, DSO
James Elliot
[Listed as John Eliot on CWGC & SDGW] Captain, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 21st March 1918. Employed by Sime Darby & Co. M, as a Merchant. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.). No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3.
MacPHERSON
H T
Employed by Malacca Rubber Plantations Ltd. No rank or regiment on memorial. The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 28 June 1919, Page 12 lists him as Macpherson H T (?M) - See also Singapore Memorial
MOSS
Edward Hampton
Captain, 10th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 25th September 1915. Aged 37. Son of Mr. C. D. Moss (late Chief Clerk and Registrar of H.B.M. Supreme Court for Japan). An Agent at Malacca, of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 60 to 64.
NIVEN
Allan Graham
Major, Planter, 21st (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 1st July 1916. Aged 38. Employed on the Jelutong Estate. Son of the late Comdr. Oswald Baylis Niven, R.N., and Rose G. Niven, of Torquay; husband of the late Lucy Emma Niven (nee Bovet). Served in the South African Campaign with the East Lancashire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 B 11 B and 12 B.
ROBERTSON
George Hawthorn Minot
Lieutenant, 13th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry attached , Nigeria Regiment (West African Frontier Force). Died 10th March 1919. Aged 33. Employed with Cadet Service. Son of the Rev. George Philip Robertson, M.A., and Martha Hawthorn Urquhart Robertson, of 41, Mardale Crescent, Edinburgh. Six years in Colonial Civil Service, Straits Settlement. Recalled from military work in Africa, January, 1919. Buried in PORTPATRICK CEMETERY, Wigtownshire. Plot/Section D. Grave 58.

The Straits Times, 4 January 1915, Page 7
Temporary Commissions
The following is a list of those to whom his Excellency the Govenor has, on thie authority of the Army Council, offered temporary commissions for the duration of the war in the new service battalions now being raised. The list is cmplete up to the end of December 1914
ROBERTSON, G.H.M. S.S. Govt. Service.

SCHAFER
John Sharpey
Commander, H.M.S. "Gaillardia", Royal Navy. Died 22nd March 1918. Aged 36. Employed as a Planter by Devon Estates (Malacca) Ltd. Son of Sir Edward Sharpey Schafer, F.R.S., and Maud Schafer, of North Berwick; husband of Ruth Bateman-Champain (formerly Schafer) of Greystones, Shanklin, Isle of Wight. Served in H.M.S. King George V. for the greater part of the war, was at Jutland, and was specially lent for the surveying operations for the North Sea minefield. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 27.

Extract from de Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-18 - Part Five - Page 148:

SCHAFER, JOHN SHARPEY, Acting Commander, Royal Navy, elder s. of Sir Edward Sharpey Schafer, Kt. Bach., LL.I)., F.R.S., of Edinburgh University and Marly Knowe, North Berwick, Co. Haddington, by his wife, Maud, eldest dau. of Adolphus William Dixey; and brother to Liout. T. S. K. Schafer (see Vol. II., page 270); b. Elstree, Co. Hertford, 29 June, 1881; educ. Ascham Rouse, Bournemouth, and R.M.8. Britannia (passing in second on the list); served as Midshipman on H.M.S. Bonaventure, on the China Station, and took part in the operations Consequent on the Boxer Rebellion in 1890 (China Medal); subsequently served as Sub-Lieut. in home waters, and as Lieut. on the Indian Station, where he was engaged in various expeditions connected with the suppression of the slave trade and the illicit importation of arms on the Somaliland coast and in the Persian Gulf; was appointed Naval Assistant in the Hydrographic Department of the Admiralty in March, 1907; was placed, at his own request, on the Retired List as Lieut.-Commander in 1912 ; went to Malacea in May of the same year, being engaged in rubber planting; on the outbreak of war rejoined the Navy, being appointed to the Staff of the Admiral in command. of the China Station at Singapore: in Jan. 1915, was appointed to H.M.S. King George, Flagship of the 2nd Battle Squadron; was present in her at the Battle of Jutland 31 May, 1916; promoted Acting Commander and Navigator on the Staff soon after that engagement. He was instrumental in introducing improvements in tactics which have been adopted by the Admiralty; In Nov. 1917, he was selected for special surveying service, in connection with the establishment of the Great Northern Barrage Mine Field between Scotland and Norway, and temporarily appointed to H.M.S. Gaillardia for this purpose, and was lost when that ship was sunk by a mine 22 March, 1918. He m. at St. Mary Abbott s, Kensington, W., 9 Nov. 1907, Ruth, yst. dau. of William Hutchinson, and had two sons: Edward Peter, b. 22 Sept. 1908, and John Michael, b. 18 Oct. 1911.

Note: H.M.S. Gaillardia was an Aubretia Class Convoy Sloop, 1,250 tons, 17 knots, 92 crew and was built with mercantile appearances and used as Q-ship. On 22nd March 1918, in the North Sea, off the Orkney Islands she was carrying out bouying operations in the newly-laid Northern Barrage between Scotland and Norway aimed at interrupting the passage of U-boats into the North Atlantic, when she was blown up and sunk by one of the barrage mines. Although most sources put her loss down to mines, at least one suggests she was torpedoed

SMITH
Alexander Millar
Second Lieutenant, 16th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds 26th January 1918. Aged 27. Employed by Sime Darby & Co., Malacca, as a Merchant. Son of Robert and Margaret Smith, of Edinburgh. Buried in NINE ELMS BRITISH CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XIII. Row A. Grave 7.
STRATTON
George Bernard
Major, 10th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Killed in action between the 10th and 11th August 1917. Aged 40. Employed as a Planter by Tebong Ruuber and Tapioca Estate Ltd. Husband of Gladys O. Johnston (formerly Stratton), of 17, Nettlecomb Avenue, Southsea, Hants. Buried in RAMSCAPPELLE ROAD MILITARY CEMETERY, Nieuwpoort, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row B. Grave 22.

Extract from de Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-18 - Part Four - Page 200:

STRATTON, GEORGE BERNARD, Major, 10th (Service) Battn. The Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, s. of the late Thomas Henry Marshall Stratton, by his wife, Kathleen Helen, dau. of Canon Scott; b. New Seaham, co. Durham, 18 Aug. 1896; educ. at Warwick School and Durham University; joined the Indian Civil Service in 1899; was for some years in the Federated Malay States, where he held several appointments, and was District Officer until 28 Dec. 1911, when he became Manager of the Telong Rubber Co.: returned to England on the outbreak of war; was gazetted 2nd Lieut. The Berkshire Regt. in 1915; attained his majority in Jan. 1916, having transferred to the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry In Nov. 1915 ; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 20 June, 1916, and was killed in action at Coxyde 11 Aug. 1917. Buried in Oost Dunkerque Bains British Cemetery. An officer wrote: “Major Stratton always showed the teenest interest in the welfare of the men, and his death will be very keenly felt by all. We can but feebly express to you what it means to us—he had been with us so long, and the blow is so much heavier on that account.” He was mentioned In Despatches by Gen. (now F.M.) Sir Douglas Haig ondon Gazette, 4 Jan. 1917] for gallant and distinguished service in the field. He m. at Southsea, 10 May, 1917, Gladys Dundas, widow of the late Capt. Harkness, and dau. of James Frederick Knowles, and had a son, George Bernard b. 20 Jan. 1918.

The Straits Times, 4 January 1915, Page 7
Temporary Commissions
The following is a list of those to whom his Excellency the Govenor has, on thie authority of the Army Council, offered temporary commissions for the duration of the war in the new service battalions now being raised. The list is cmplete up to the end of December 1914
STRATTON, G.B. Planter

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