Anniversaries This Week

13 February 1915 Hector Ian Macpherson aged 24. Hector was the son of Dr Richard Burns Macpherson and Mrs Jane Macpherson née Cameron. He worked for Malacca Rubber Plantations before he left to join the 7th Reserve Cavalry Regiment as a private. His army career lasted only one week as he died of pneumonia during training. Hector is buried in the family plot at Cathcart Cemetery, Renfrewshire, Scotland and is commemorated on the Malacca War Memorial.

14 February 1915 John Kerr Black aged 38. John was the son of Dr John Robert Black (deceased and Mrs Marion Isabella (Black, later remarried) Kerr. He was a captain in the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and died in a nursing home in Edinburgh after suffering from ulcerative enteritis for six months. In Singapore he was a manager for British American Tobacco & Co. He is remembered on the Singapore Cricket Club memorial and Greenock War Memorial.

16 February 1916 William Stanley Eames aged 27. Stanley was the son of Mr Harry William Eames and Mrs Eleanor Mary Eames née Roberts of Cosby, Leicester. At the time that he left the Straits Settlements to join up, he was in the Straits Settlements Civil Service, Class V, working in Malacca. Several of his poems were published in local papers and Kelly & Walsh published a volume of his poems. He was a 2nd lieutenant in the 7th Battalion Royal Fusiliers attached to the 12th Battalion when he died of wounds near Ypres. Stanley was buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen Belgium. He is also remembered on the Malacca War Memorial.

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...