Centenary in February
22 February 1919 William Howard Newton aged 33. Son of Alfred Howard Vincent Newton (d 1897) and Elizabeth Newton née Blundell of Singapore; husband of Mrs Catherine McWhirter Newton née Cavan originally of Kilmarnock, Scotland. William was born in Singapore in 1885. His mother was the granddaughter of Edmund Augustus Blundell, former governor of the Straits Settlements. Newton Road in Singapore is named after William's father. The war had ended when, as an acting captain in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, William died of Influenza at No 39 Stationary Hospital in France. He is buried at Lille Southern Cemetery, Nord, France. He is also remembered on Gloucester's war memorial.
Anniversaries in February
6 February 1918 Hugh Tregarthen aged 25. Son of Mr Greville Philipps Tregarthen and Mrs Helen Mary Tregarthen née Manning (daughter of Sir William Manning) of Kylemore, Bellevue Hill, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Hugh worked for Cold Storage in Singapore and was a member of the Singapore Volunteer Artillery. He was on his way to England where he hoped to join the Royal Naval Air Service. From Australia to Port Said he served as an able seaman the Royal Australian Navy on a troopship as a gun layer. At Port Said he changed ships joining the SS Glenartney, a cargo ship which was sunk on 6 February 1918 off the coast of Tunisia. He is remembered on the Plymouth Naval Memorial and on the Australian War Memorial.
8 February 1917 André Frédéric Pusinelli aged 27. André was a one of the first Frenchmen to leave the Straits Settlements with a large group of French reservists called up for mobilisation who travelled on the PO ship Oriental on 24 August 1914. In Singapore he was a partner with Weller and Co, a trading company. In the French army he was a corporal in the 9th Regiment, 119th Infantry. In June 1915 he was seriously wounded at Aix-Noulette, north of Arras in the Second Battle of Artois and was treated in Vannes, Brittany. He was killed in action at Le Four-de-Paris, within the Argonne Forest.
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.