Anniversary This Week
5 December 1917 Hans Yessen Hansen. Born in Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canada, Hans began working for the Singapore Harbour Board in 1913. In November 1914 he was among eight men who worked for the Harbour Board to volunteer for Kitchener’s New Army. Two others of the eight, McNidder and Appleton, also died in the Great War. Hans was a sergeant in the 6th Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment. He was reported missing presumed dead and has no known grave. His name is on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Hans is the only Canadian that we know of who is listed on the Singapore Cenotaph. He is also remembered on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial maintained by Veterans Affairs Canada
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...