ReTRIeVIA

:: trivia retrieved ::

February

The Japanese Occupation of Singapore began 60 years ago in February, 1942. Most people would not have noticed the remindersof this period of Singapore history. The nearest, I think, of these reminders is a NHB (National Heritage Board) marker close to the Jurong Junior College.

This NHB plaque marks the Jurong-Kranji Defence line, the narrow ridge connecting the sources of the Jurong and Kranji rivers. The Allied troops were supposed to defend this line strongly against the invading Japanese troops which had landed at Sarimbun beach (there is another NHB marker there just outside the MOE‘s campsite).

Unfortunately, General Percival’s secret orders to withdraw to the last defence line around the city, only if necessary, were misunderstood. Without fighting the defending troops withdrewon 10 February 1942 and this allowed the Japanese troops to sweep through to Bukit Timah.

This NHB marker is located between Blocks 549 and 556, Jurong West St 42.

Another reminder of the war is the Japanese Cemetery Park in Chuan Hoe Avenue. Chuan Hoe Road is not far fromSerangoon Gardens. You can find the exact location of the cemetery park from the road directory.

Re-trievia recalled: Excerpts from Year 2002
Tan Wee Kiat

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Written by Ivan Chew

29 November, 2007 at 10:16 pm

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