Historical posts have dominated my posts recently. I meandered through the conflicts during Malayan Emergency from 1948-1960, the Batang Kali killings in 1948 with no closure yet, and how Stanley Warren’s Changi Murals are evocative of pain, endurance and hope.
In the thick jungles which blotted out the sun, where the humid warmth was stifling, 340 UK troops died in Malaya during 1948-60. BBC News charted a graph listing Where they fell. The UK WW1 war dead was 886,342, and the WWII war dead was 383,667.
Today at 11am I observed a two minute silence with hundreds others in my workplace on Remembrance Day. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice, on 11th November 1918, to signal the end of World War One.
When I was in the town of Southampton yesterday, I walked past a large city park and saw wreaths laying at the Southampton Cenotaph. I was acutely struck by small wooden crosses.
In one of the crosses, the troops from Royal Hampshire Regiment who died in Malaya in 1948 – 1960 are remembered. Two died in Borneo in 1963 – 1966.
My Related Posts:
- Pilgrimage of a son: How Changi Cross made history
- The Incredible Journey Of Harry Stogden’s Changi Cross In Singapore
- Eric Cordingly – Diary of the Changi POW Chaplain in Singapore
- The Uplifting Changi Murals and Stanley Warren
- Changi stones and Prisoners of War in Singapore
- “Their name liveth for evermore” – Brookwood Military Cemetery
- Visiting Brookwood Military Cemetery
- Stockport Air Raid Shelters
- A poignant visit to a Singapore columbarium
- Visiting a Columbarium in Singapore
- Memorial: grief and celebration
- Story of a British veteran’s Pingat Jasa medal from Malaysia
- Batang Kali: The voyage without a suitcase
- Batang Kali: Story of a dispersed family
- Batang Kali: “Heaven knows the truth.”
- Batang Kali: Inspiration from a historian
- “And The Rain My Drink” new edition by Han Suyin
- Chin Peng, Leon Comber and Han Suyin
- Chin Peng’s favourite poems
- Chin Peng’s farewell letter: Dare and Duties
- How much was Chin Peng worth?
- Migration to the New Village
- Death of a communist leader