Centenary in June

4 June 1918 Raymond Jean Harald Marie Raphael Joseph Guillaume de Taillepied de Bondy aged 22. Son of le comte and comtesse de Bondy. Harald, as he was known, was one of the younger children of the well-known de Bondy family of Singapore , where le comte de Bondy was French consul. We don’t have much information on Harald’s life, as he probably spent his teenage years at school in France, where he was born. On his return to the East we know that he worked as a planter, his family owning estates in the Malay Peninsula and Borneo. All Frenchmen were reservists, called up according to their matriculation year. Harald was a soldat de la Classe, the equivalent of a private, in the 91e Reg Infantière. His older brother also fought in the war and survived. Harald was killed in action at Secteur de Longpont, forêt de Retz, Aisne. We don’t have any details of where he is buried.

Anniversaries in June

3 June 1916 Kenneth Thomas aged 28. Son of Mr Jesse Lambly Thomas and Mrs Emma Alice Thomas née Layman. Thomas worked for Alma Estate in the Bukit Mertajam area of Province Wellesley, Penang. In September 1914 he returned to the UK and joined the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps. Thomas was a captain in the 12th Battalion the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. His father died just 11 days after receiving news of his son’s death. Thomas was killed in action and is buried at New Irish Farm, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

5 June 1916 Peter Fisken aged 49. Son of Mr James Fisken and Mrs Mary Fisken of Govan in Scotland. Peter was a ship’s engineer in Singapore, where he spent many years. Despite his age -- he was the oldest of our men – he was on the Navy Reserve as a Warrant Engineer. Peter was on HMS Hampshire when it was carrying Lord Kitchener to a meeting with the Russian Tsar. The ship exploded, possibly because it hit a mine, although some controversy has been attached to the sinking. Peter was one of the 643 out 655 men who perished either by drowning or from exposure as there was no rescue operation allowed. His is buried at the Royal Naval Cemetery at Lyness, Isle of Hoy, Orkney in Scotland.

6 June 1916 Newman Wilkinson aged 37. Son of Mr William Thomas Wilkinson, Inglebrook, Wickford, Essex. Norman was known as ‘Wilkie’ to his friends in Singapore where he was a member of the Singapore Cricket Club. He was a civil engineer and records show that in 1904 he was an assistant superintendent of works for the Public Works Department in Singapore. He also worked in Penang and Labuan, returning to Singapore in 1911. In April 1916 he enlisted at Grove Park, becoming a private in the 692 Company of the Army Service Corps. He died of ‘heat apoplexy’ while en route from Karachi to Peshawar and is buried at Sukkur Cemetery in Pakistan.

7 June 1917 George Herbert Pollard aged 29. Son of Mr Herbert Pollard and Mrs Amelia Elizabeth Pollard née Holton; husband of Mrs Sonia Henslowe (widow remarried). George worked as a planter on the Bukit Kawan Estate in Penang. In November 1915 George was gazetted second lieutenant in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. As a lieutenant he later trained as a pilot with the Royal Flying Corps. On 7 June 1917 he went missing, presumed shot down and possibly taken prisoner by the Germans. It was later confirmed that he had died of wounds. He is buried at Harlebeke New British Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

10 June 1917 Claud Romako-à-Beckett Terrell aged 33. Son of Mr Arthur à Beckett Terrell and Mrs Georgine Fredericka Fredericka à Beckett Terrell née Koberwein. Claud, a barrister, came to Singapore in 1911 to join the law firm of Drew and Napier, where his brother Arthur also worked. During his time in Singapore he joined the Volunteer Corps, taking part in the suppression of the Singapore Mutiny in February 1915. He was an acting captain in the 15th Brigade of the Royal Horse Artillery, attached to the 460th Battery Royal Field Artillery, when he was wounded at Monchy, near Arras, and later died. In April he had been awarded the Military Cross. At the time of his death he was the fourth member of the Straits Settlements Bar to have given his life in the war. He is remembered on the Singapore Cricket Club war memorial, Tonbridge School, Brasenose College Oxford. Claud was buried at Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais, France.

14 June 1916 Geoffrey Anthony St John Jones aged 27. Son of Rev A H Jones and Mrs Catherine Mary Jones. Geoffrey was admitted to the Straits Settlements Bar in July 1914 and practised with Presgrave and Matthews in Penang where he was also a member of the Volunteer Corps. He was gazetted a lieutenant in the 4th Battalion Middlesex Regiment. In September 1915 he went to the front. He went missing, believed killed, on 14 June 1916. For a long time his mother did not accept that he had been killed and wrote many letters to the War Office to find out more information on her son, eventually accepting that he had died. Geoffrey was remembered on the Penang Cricket Club war memorial, the Lincoln’s Inn war memorial. Records of his burial place were found and he was re-interred at Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France.

15 June 1915 Edward Walker Coren aged 22. Son of Mr John William Coren and Mrs Mabel Rosa Coren (widowed, remarried Peele). Edward trained with the Royal Field Artillery for a year after leaving Cheltenham College. He came to Malacca in 1913 where he worked on Tampin Estate for the Malacca Rubber Plantation Company. He represented Malacca in cricket. At the outbreak of war he returned to England, was gazetted as a 2nd lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery on 23 December 1914 and went to France in March 1915. His entry in De Ruvigny states he ‘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.’ He is buried at Bedford House Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

16 June 1917 Warren Dando aged 19. Son of Mr John William Dando and Mrs Lois Frances Dando née Gurney. Warren was born in Singapore where his father worked for Messrs Robinson & Co Ltd for many years. Warren was educated at Malden College in Surrey and later worked for the Daily Index Branch of Lloyd’s Staff. He was a private in the 2nd/1st Battalion London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) when he was killed in action. He is remembered at the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

24 June 1916 David Dudley Evans aged 40. Husband of Mrs Minerva Eugenia Evans née Jenkins. David was Welsh, one of only two Welshman listed on the cenotaph to our knowledge. He arrived in Singapore in 1911 to work as retail manager for Katz Brothers. He returned to the UK in June 1914, possibly with the intention of returning to Singapore as his army application gives an address in Singapore. Being a veteran of the Boer War, David once again joined the 25th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (Frontiersmen) with the rank of corporal and later sergeant. His battalion arrived in what was British East Africa (later part of Tanganyika, now part of Tanzania) on 6 May 1915. The battalion fought around Lake Tanganyika with the Germans of German East Africa for the duration of the war. David died during a bayonet charge against the Germans at Lukigurra. He is remembered on the memorial of the Singapore Cricket Club, Llanelli war memorial in Wales and is buried at Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery, Tanzania.

27 June 1915 Colin William Burnley-Campbell aged 27. Son of Lieutenant-Colonel Hardin Burnley-Campbell (né Burnley) and Mrs Margaret Jane Burnley-Campbell (née Campbell). Colin’s name is quite complicated. His mother was the only child and heir of her parents, her mother in turn being the only child and heir of Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Nutter Campbell of Ormidale, Argyll in Scotland, who was the local laird (lord of the manor). The name of Campbell was passed through the maternal line, which in Colin’s case resulted in the double-barrel name of Burnley-Campbell. However, in Singapore he was known as Campbell and his name is listed on the cenotaph and on the Singapore Cricket Club’s memorial as CWB Campbell. Colin was a civil engineer working for Sir Jackson & Co of London on a company contract with the Singapore Harbour Board. Besides being a member of the cricket club, he was active in the St Andrew’s Society of Singapore and played with the Associated Scottish Pipers of Malaya. He was a second lieutenant with the 3rd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, attached to the 1st Battalion. He was killed in action in France and is buried at Chapelle-D'armentieres Old Military Cemetery, France.

28 June 1916 Charles Benedict Nain aged 46. Father Nain was born at Farges-les-Macon (Saône-et-Loire) in France. In September 1894 he was ordained a priest in the French Foreign Missions -- Missions Étangères de Paris (MEP). The following year he arrived in Singapore assigned to the parish of St Peter and St Paul. In 1897 he was sent to Penang, returning to Singapore in 1898. He was appointed vicar of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in 1909. Father Nain is well remembered in Singapore as his legacy included several buildings that still survive today and are now national monuments, among them the former chapel of the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus where a neglected plaque to his memory still exists. Poor health forced him to return to France in 1913 for recuperation. He was there when war broke out and, like all French adult males, was mobilised as a reservist. In his case he was a non-combatant working as an orderly at a hospital. His ill-health rendered him very feeble and he eventually succumbed at No 53 Military Hospital, Vichy, France. His is buried with his parents in his hometown.

28 June 1915 Smollett David MacGregor Clerk aged 20. Son of Mr Claude Louis Clerk and Mrs Lily Clerk née Aitkins. Smollett was born in Singapore, as was his mother. His maternal grandfather was the well-known lawyer David Aitkin. Being from a Scottish background, Smollett was send for schooling at George Watson's College, Edinburgh. From there, in 1911, he entered the National Bank of Scotland. His name is listed on the bank’s war memorial in Edinburgh. Smollett was a private in the 1st/4th Battalion of the Royal Scots (Queen’s Edinburgh Rifles), having already served part-time as a territorial. This battalion was sent to Gallipoli in June 1915, where Smollett was killed in action. He has no known grave and is rememeberd at the Helles Memorial, Turkey.