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Casualties from Second World War

Singapore Memorial stands in Kranji War Cemetery. It bears the names of more than 24,000 casualties of the land and air forces of the Commonwealth who died during the campaigns in Malaya and Indonesia or in subsequent captivity and have no known grave. The memorial also commemorates airmen who died during operations over the whole of southern and eastern Asia and the surrounding seas and oceans.

After the surrender of Singapore, the Kranji area was used as a prisoner of war camp by the Japanese and this cemetery was begun by the Commonwealth prisoners at the camp. In 1946, it was decided that Kranji would be designated as Singapore's main war cemetery.

key features

  • Singapore Memorial stands in Kranji War Cemetery. The cemetery is known locally as Kranji Memorial
  • The memorial bears the names of those casualties of the Commonwealth land and air forces who died during the campaigns in Malaya and Indonesia or in subsequent captivity and have no known grave
  • Both the Singapore Memorial and Kranji War Cemetery were designed by Colin St Clair Oakes
  • The memorial is roofed by a continuous slab from which rises a tall pylon.
  • It was unveiled on 2 March 1957 by Sir Robert Black, Governor of Singapore

History

Before 1939 the Kranji area was a military camp and at the time of the Japanese invasion of Malaya, it was the site of a large ammunition magazine.

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Visit

The cemetery is known locally as Kranji Memorial. It is best to be sure of the address before boarding a taxi as many taxi drivers do not know the cemetery. It is open every day, from 8am to 6.30pm.

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