Anniversaries This Week

23 October 1918 Frederick Kenneth Cumming aged 18. Son of Mr Alexander Cumming and Mrs Mabel Beatrice Cumming née Ginbey from Australia. Fred was born in Singapore c1900. Fred’s father, Alexander Cumming, worked for McAlister & Co but died suddenly of heart failure in 1905 aged 37. Frederick and his older brother Alexander Bryant Cumming and younger sister Mabel were in England with their mother at the time of their father’s death. They remained in England for their education. Their mother later remarried a Mr CI Carver. Both brothers died in the war; Alexander was killed in Mesopotamia in 1916 aged 20. Frederick first enlisted aged 18 in the Black Watch and was gazetted a second lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). He was attached to the 14th Battalion (Fife and Forfar Yeomanry) when he was killed in action. He is buried at Orcq Communal Cemetery, Hainaut, Belgium.

26 October 1917 Charles Eric Jupe aged 27. Son of Mr Charles William Jupe and Mrs Mary Jane Jupe. While in Singapore Charles was a member of the Singapore Volunteer Engineers. He also enjoyed playing sports: golf at the Keppel Club, cricket, tennis, hockey and lawn bowls with the Singapore Cricket Club where he is remembered on the war memorial. He worked for Paterson, Simons and Co but gave up his job to return to the UK in October 1914 where he enlisted in the 10th Battalion Royal Fusiliers in December of that year. He was later commissioned second lieutenant in the 8th Battalion the Devonshire Regimented and went to the front on 31 July 1915, seeing more than two years of action. A few days before he was killed in action, Charles was made a temporary captain with command of a company. He has no known grave and is commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, 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.

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...