Anniversaries This Week

23 August 1918 Harold Alcester Tom Hewlett aged 30. Son of Mr Thomas Hewlett and Mrs Florence Hewlett. Tom worked for the Singapore Municipality from where he was transferred to Penang as Assistant Municipal Secretary. As well as being a private with the Maxim Section of the Penang Volunteers, Tom played rugby for the Penang Cricket Club, where he was named on the memorial. In December 1914 he left Penang to return to England where he enlisted with the Artists Rifles, London Regiment. He was commissioned in August 1915 and at the time of his death was a captain in the 4th Battalion the London Regiment, Royal Fusiliers. He has no known grave and is remembered at Vis-en-Artois, Pas de Calais, France.

24 August 1918 Arnold Ashton Justice Warner aged 25. Son of Mr Oliver William Warner and Mrs Liela Warner. Arnold was born in Darjeeling and attended Sherborne School in England. The school’s roll of honour mentions that Arnold was a lieutenant with the Singapore Volunteer Infantry. He worked for Boustead and Co in Penang where he was also remembered on the Penang Cricket Club war memorial. In May 1917 he left Penang and by December 1917 was gazetted second lieutenant 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. Arnold was at first thought to be wounded but it was later learned that he’d been killed in action. He is buried at Croisilles British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

25 August 1918 Guy Stanislaus Martin aged 23. Son of Mr William Martin and Mrs Sarah Elizabeth Martin née Abbot. Guy’s father was a prison warder in Singapore, where Guy was born. A career soldier, Guy had enlisted in the Royal Engineers Field Service in 1913 at the age of 18. He spent most of his army career in the war and almost made it through. At the time of his death he had been transferred to the Royal Field Artillery as an officer cadet and was awaiting his posting to officer training. He was killed by shell concussion at Bapaume. He records still recorded him as a 2nd corporal with the 5th Signal Company, Royal Engineers. His nephew, also Guy Martin, has a detailed section of the family website dedicated to his uncle: Guy is buried at Achiet-Le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, 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...