An Important Message
Crucifixion Mural drawn by Bombardier Stanley Warren in 1942
The Changi Murals
(if you wish to visit, please click HERE for
procedure) are a part of our war heritage. Drawn by British
Bombardier Stanley Warren on the walls of The Chapel of St Luke The
Physician in 1942 where he was interned in Blk 151 (presently Changi
Camp), The Changi Murals remind us of the spiritual strength and
courage of these men in times of suffering. When Stanley painted the
figure of Jesus, he had Jesus's eyes painted closed as he thought he was
not worthy of looking in Jesus's eyes. Stanley returned to
Singapore in 1963, 1982 and 1988 to restore The Changi Murals. He passed
away peacefully in 1992.
For a detailed account of the happenings in 1942, please visit PETER STUBB'S HOMEPAGE.
The picture of The Crucifixion has been
posted on this website with the kind permission of Peter W. Stubbs.
The Fall of Singapore
8 Dec 1941 Japanese
soldiers made a surprise landing at Kota Bahru, Malaya.
1942 Japanese soldiers entered and occupied Johore Bahru.
From there, they carried out aerial bombardment on Singapore constantly.
1942 The Japanese Imperial Guards occupied Pulau Ubin.
8 Feb 1942 The first Japanese troops landed in
Singapore on Sarimbun Beach in the north-west of Singapore. After
repairing the causeway, they marched into Singapore.
1942 The Japanese 5th & 18th Divisions made an
amphibious landing on the north-west part of Singapore.
15 Feb 1942
Singapore surrendered to the Japanese. It was also the first day of the
Chinese New Year. Lt General Percival surrendered to General Yamashita
at the Ford Factory's Board Room in Bukit Timah.
Signing of Surrender of Singapore by Lt Gen A
15 Feb 1942 issue of The Straits
Times, a one-page paper which came out on the day the British
surrendered to the Japanese.
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(POWs) were housed in four main barracks in Changi:
Selarang - Australians
Kitchener, India & Roberts - rest of the POWs (mainly British and
18 Feb 1942 Japanese soldiers started call-up of all Chinese men
between the ages of 18 & 50 for inspection. Suspected anti-Japanese
elements were 'identified' and massacred.
1942 All the prisoners were forced to sign a 'no escape'
pledge. When they refused, they were made to go without food and shelter
for three days. Their own senior officers ordered them to sign the
pledge on the understanding it was done under duress.
1943 The 'Double Tenth Incident' occurred. (10/10/43 hence
double tenth) Fifteen POWs died after being tortured and suspected
of masterminding a sabotage of Japanese tankers in the Singapore Harbour.
On 12 Sep 1945, General Seishiro Itagaki surrendered to Admiral Lord
Louis Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander, South-east Asia, in the
Council Chamber of the Municipal Building.
60th Anniversary of end of World War II in Asia Pacific
A new S$1 billion mega-prison complex will replace Changi Prison.
The Prisons Department wants to demolish the old prison and erect the
new prisons which will be ready for use in early 2004. The Preservation
of Monuments Board is now talking with the Prisons Department and the
URA about the possibility of saving the prison which was built in 1936
and housed about 76,000 prisoners of war between 1942 and 1945 during
World War II. The number included about 15,000 local, 39,000 British and
19,000 Australian soldiers. About 50,000 Japanese were imprisoned there
after the Japanese surrender. (Straits
Times 29 Mar 2003)(H9)
underground tunnel was discovered a year ago. The 63-m-long tunnel
which is about 3 m high runs under Labrador Park, off Pasir Panjang
Road. It takes you to a large underground concrete room used by the
British forces to store ammunition during World War II. Departing
British troops attempted to destroy it before Singapore fell to the
Japanese. Believed to have been built in the 1880s, the tunnel has been
left untouched since the war. It will be open to visitors on guided
tours conducted by National Parks Board next year. (Straits
Times 22 Feb 2002) (3)
More than 2500 British soldiers who were
held at Changi Prison and other detention centres in Singapore by the
Japanese during World War II will be paid compensation of GBP10,000
(S$25,200) by the British government. Another 4500 British
prisoners-of-war (POW) held in camps in China, Korea, Formosa (now
Taiwan), the Philippines and what was then Malaya will also receive the
payout. Defence Minister Lewis MOONIE announced the payments in
Parliament on Tuesday 7 Nov 2000. See article.
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