Anniversaries This Week

26 September 1915 John Kekewich aged 24. Son of Mr Lewis Pendarves Kekewich and Mrs Lilian Emily Kekewich née Hanbury. John was educated at Eton and Sandhurst but had an adventurous spirit. For a time he worked on a ranch in Alberta, Canada. He returned to England but then decided to come to Penang in 1913, where he worked on the Val d’Or Plantation. John was well known as a cricketer, having played for Eton, Sandhurst and also for the Penang Cricket Club, where he was remembered on the war memorial. His three brothers were also great cricketers, two of whom died in the war. All three are remembered on the MCC war memorial. John returned to England on the outbreak of war and was commissioned into the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was later gazetted to the 8th Battalion East Kent Regiment and was promoted to captain in June 1915. John was wounded in the thigh on 25 September but ‘refused to let his brother officers try to get him back to the British lines, saying it was too dangerous’. Although a sergeant later came across him, John would not return to with him, asking that a stretcher be sent out after nightfall. However, he was not heard tell of again. He has no known grave. His name is on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais , France.

26 September 1915 William Crew Tremearne aged 30. Son of Mr Shirley Tremearne and Mrs Elizabeth Tremearne née Twist. It seems that Crew’s father lived in Calcutta, India most of the time while his family remained in England. Crew trained as an engineer with tram engineering firms and studied mechanical sciences at Christ College, Cambridge. He worked for a year with the Singapore Tramways as a specialist engineer before resigning on grounds of ill health. He was commissioned in November 1914 as a second lieutenant in the 8th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. His probate notice states ‘Died on or since 26 September 1915’. Crew’s mother was originally from Australia, from where a cousin joined the family in England. The cousin was on Crew’s father’s side of the family as his name was also Tremearne. Arthur John Newman Tremearne married his cousin Mary, John’s sister. Arthur was killed in action on 25 September 1915 in the same battle as John. The difference of one day allowed John’s sister, Mary, to inherit her husband’s estate which gave the right to administer her brother’s estate. He has no known grave. His name is on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

26 September 1917 Robert William Morris aged 22. Son of Captain Robert Williams and Mrs Margaret Morris; great-uncle of Dr Julian Davison, still resident in Singapore. Robert is one of our two Welshmen, although he was actually born in Liverpool, the only one of his siblings not born in Singapore. His father being a sea captain and the family became long-time residents of Singapore. Robert may have worked for the FMS surveys. He was a private in the 14th Battalion Hampshire Regiment. He has no known grave. His name is on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

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 nephew and great-nieces and –nephews still live in Singapore. He is buried in Brie British Cemetery.

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...