The Fall of Singapore Memorial Service commemorates the 76th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore to the Japanese in World War II in 1942. Tragically, over 22,000 Australians were taken as prisoners of war (POWs) and the average age was only 21 years old. One-third died as POWs in Singapore, the Burma-Thai Railway, Japan, Borneo and other parts of South-East Asia.
Shrine of Remembrance (image by May Cross)
The 2018 service will be held on Sunday 18 February from 10.00 to10.30am. It will be attended by representatives of all the armed services, as well as nurses and government officials. The Military Wives Choir will perform The Captives Hymn, composed and performed by POW women in Java and Singapore.
Remembrance (image by May Cross
Guest speaker at this year's service will be the Officer Commanding the First Division, Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera, Major General Paul McLachlan. The Salvation Army Band will also be in attendance and catafalque party by cadets from Anglican Church Grammar School.
Statue dedicated to soldiers in Malaya (image by May Cross)
The former POWs we will remember suffered three and a half years of inhuman treatment, slavery, and disease at the hands of their captors. Many returned to become the leaders of Queensland industry, medicine, agriculture and politics. What resilient and hardy men.
Statue dedicated to the South West Pacific Campaign 1942-1945 (image by May Cross)
Members of the general public are invited to attend and lay personal tributes. The service will go ahead irrespective of the weather. Some seating will be available for those who need it. Following the service, a reunion morning tea and lunch will be held for the 2/10th Field Regiment Association's relatives and friends.
For God, King and Empire (image by May Cross)
The Shrine of Remembrance is in Anzac Square, Ann Street in Brisbane's CBD, opposite Central Railway Station. Ann Street will be closed between Creek and Edward Streets between 10.00 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. It is probably best to leave the car at home and go into the city by train if possible. There is no cost for this service.
ANZAC Square in Brisbane CBD (image by May Cross)
The Fall Of Singapore The Battle of Singapore on 15 February 1942 is also known as the Fall of Singapore. It is one of the worst military defeats suffered by the British Empire in WWII. The fall of strategic Singapore, which was considered impregnable, proved the might and speed of the Japanese army which had been greatly underestimated. The last 65 nurses in Singapore were evacuated on 12 February. Sadly, not all of them made it back to Australia. To read more about the history of the Fall of Singapore see the Kokoda Historical website.
WWII Memorial to Nursing Sisters (image by May Cross)