Anniversary This Week


23 May 1917 Dermot Harvey Bailey aged 32. Son of Mr Wellesley Cosby Bailey and Mrs Alice Anne Bailey Hargreaves née Grahame ; husband of Mrs Mary Jane Bailey née Cooper. Dermot first came East in 1906 when he worked as a tea planter in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). In Singapore he worked for the Straits Trading Company was also in the Singapore Volunteer Cycle Corps. At the end of 1914 he returned to the UK and obtained a commission in the Royals Scots in January 1915 as a 2nd lieutenant in the 1st Battalion the Royals Scots, attached to the 8th Battalion. In July 1915 he went to the front for the first time. Although born in Scotland and with his family having lived for many years in Edinburgh, Dermot was in fact Irish as both parents were Irish. His name appears on the Ireland’s Memorial Records 1914—1918. Dermot was killed in action by a shell at Rouex and is buried at St Nicolas British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

About the Singapore Cenotaph Project

Few Singaporeans are aware of their cenotaph, sitting majestically on the Esplanade facing the Padang. It is mid-way between the Singapore Cricket Club and the Singapore Recreation Club. The men whose names appear on its bronze plaques had strong links with both of these clubs, so it's an appropriate location. Read more...