Centenaries in October

1 October 1918 Cecil Andrew Clarke aged 38. Born in Singapore on 4 December 1880, he was the son of Francis and Augusta Clarke and brother of Dr Noel Clarke, a member of the Singapore Legislative Council. Cecil had been a police detective and was later a planter in Java. He had three children with his wife, Bella. Cecil was a lance corporal in the Eurasian Company of the Singapore Volunteer Corps. Having first enlisted in the Middlesex Regiment he transferred to the 2nd Battalion of the Manchester Regiment. A photograph of Cecil is on our website banner. His great-nieces and great–nephews still live in Singapore. He is buried in Brie British Cemetery. His two sons, Cecil Andrew Clarke (born 1902) and William Barry Clarke (born 1906), went to England in 1919. The family lost contact with them some years later,

8 October 1918 Harold George Wellesley Lamb aged 21. Son of Mr John and Mrs Harriet Lamb of Jarak Estate, Province Wellesley, Penang, Straits Settlements (now Malaysia). Harold enlisted in the 6th Battalion the East Kents (The Buffs) in December 1916 and was commissioned second lieutenant in March 1918 into the 6th Battalion The Royal Fusiliers attached to the 10th Battalion. He is buried at Bois-des-Angles British Cemetery, Crevecoeur-Sur-L'Escaut, Nord, France. https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/2616294

16 October 1918 Jocelyn Henry Cambridge Lane aged 34. Son of Mr Frederick George Alexander Lane and Mrs Mary Ellen Adelaide Pickard-Cambridge Lane, the Lady of the Manors of Bloxworth and Poxwell. Jocelyn worked in Kuala Lumpur for Fraser and Co and then as manager of Caldbeck Macgregor before moving with the company to Singapore. He was a second lieutenant on the 4th Battalion Coldstream Guards and died of pneumonia in a field hospital in France. He is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

17 October 1918 Douglas Hazard aged 30. Son of Mr James Hazard and Mrs Maria Augusta Hazard. While serving in France he married Marie Marguerite Renault in Rouen. Douglas worked in Penang for the Asiatic Petroleum Company of the Straits Settlements. He rose from the ranks to become a lieutenant in the Army Service Corps and died of wounds. He is buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun Pas de Calais, France.

22 October 1918 Thomas Macauley Cockburn aged 33. Born at Keppel Harbour in Singapore where his father, Mr Samuel Cockburn, was an accountant for over 30 years. His mother was Mrs Elizabeth Cockburn née Girdwood. Thomas was a rifleman in the 5th Battalion London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade). He is buried at Denain Communal Cemetery, Nord France.

23 October 1918 Frederick Kenneth Cumming aged 18. Born in Singapore c1900, Frederick was the son of Mr Alexander Cumming and Mrs Mabel Beatrice Cumming née Ginbey from Australia, who was widowed and later remarried to become Mrs Carver. Fred was a second lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) attached to the 14th Battalion (Fife and Forfar Yeomanry). Fred’s older brother, Alexander, was killed in Mesopotamia in 1916. Fred is buried at Orcq Communal Cemetery, Hainaut, Belgium.

30 October 1918 Keith White Adcock aged 32. Son of Rev George Adcock and Mrs Elizabeth Adcock, Keith is buried in Hitchins Cemetery, Hertfordshire, one of only a handful of men from the cenotaph who were buried in their home towns. Keith was a specialist sewerage engineer with the Singapore Municipality and returned to the UK to enlist in the London Electrical Engineers, a Territorial Force. He did not serve in a war theatre. He died of pneumonia, most likely the Spanish ’flu. https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/196829

31 October 1918 Robert Archibald FitzGerald Law aged 21. The son of Sir Archibald Law and Lady Louisa Alice Law. Robert was born in the Straits Settlements (probably Penang) where his father was a judge, eventually becoming Chief Justice. Robert died of wounds having outlived his younger brother, Edward, by 10 weeks. Both brothers are listed in Ireland’s Memorial Records 1914—1918. Robert was a captain in 1st Battalion the Wiltshire Regiment, attached to the 7th Battalion, and won the Military Cross with Bar. He is buried at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France.

Anniversaries in October

4 October 1917 Henry Martin age unknown. A short report in the Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser 25 October 1917 gave the information that Miss S Martin had received the news that her brother had died of wounds at the 11th Casualty Station in France. It is recorded elsewhere that he was the brother of Mrs. LV J Walker of 6, Strawberry Bank, Aberdeen; perhaps his sister ‘S’ had married? Henry was a lance corporal in the 22nd Battalion Manchester Regiment and is buried at Godewaersvelde British Cemetery.

11 October 1915 Lawrence Anderson. Born in Tokyo, Japan c1875, Lawrence was the son of Dr William Anderson and Mrs Mary Margaret Anderson née Hall. Lawrence was manager of the Devon Estate, a rubber plantation in Malacca but was in the UK when war broke out and was commissioned second lieutenant in the 4th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment (Territorials). He has no known grave. His name is on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

12 October 1916 Guy Hatton Sugden aged 28. Son of Mr Hatton Greenwood Sugden and Mrs Judith Elizabeth Sugden, of Burletts, Bramber, Sussex, although he was born Warham House, Breinton, Herefordshire. He came to the Straits Settlements as a Government Civil Service Cadet and was an officer in Class V when he was given leave by the governor to join up. Guy was a lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion Duke of Wellingtons's West Riding Regiment attached to the 2nd Battalion. He is buried at Guards Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Somme, France.

15 October 1916 Harold Allan Ironside aged 37. Son of Mr William Ironside and Mrs Margaret Lockhart Ironside née Allan. In Singapore Harold had worked for the Straits Trading Company and was a sergeant in the Singapore Volunteer Artillery. This experience led him to join the 1st Battalion Leicesters Machine Gun Corps where he rose to the rank of major. He committed suicide while under close arrest awaiting a second court martial. He is buried at Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

19 October 1915 Charles Munié aged 24. Born in Vietri, Tonkin, Hanoi, what is now Vietnam, Charles worked for the Banque de l’Indo-Chine in Singapore. He was a corporal in the 22é Régiment Infantrie Coloniale. He was killed in action at Massiges, Marne.

20 October 1915 Julien Eugène Vuillaumié age 29. Julien worked in Singapore for the Far East Oxygen and Acetylene Co. Ltd. He was called up as a French reservist in 1914 and fought with Les Diable Bleus at HartmannswillerKopf, in the Voges Mountains, one of the most difficult areas in which to fight. He died less than two weeks after his 29th birthday.

21 October 1914 Robert Sayers. Husband of Mrs Mary Sayers and father of Mary Kathleen (b 1904), Robert Patrick (b 1905); Charles William (b 1907). Robert was born in Wood Green, Middlesex and enlisted in the Middlesex Regiment in September 1897. Robert travelled the world with the regiment, including South Africa, Hong Kong, India and the Straits Settlements. For two years he was the drill sergeant for the Penang Volunteers, still as an army regular. He went to the Front on 14 August 1914 and was promoted from the ranks to second lieutenant, gazetted on 20 October 1914, the day before he was killed in action. Robert has no known grave and is commemorated at Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

26 October 1917 Charles Eric Jupe aged 27. The son of Mr Charles William Jupe and Mrs Mary Jane Jupe He worked in Singapore for Paterson Simons and Co. He enlisted in the 10th Battalion Royal Fusiliers in December 1914 and was later commissioned the 8th Battalion the Devonshire Regimented. Charles was granted the rank of captain with command of a company on 19 October 1917. Charles has no known grave and is commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.