. kranji war memorial .

Part 1 of a day at the Cemeteries

The Kranji War Cemetery is the final resting place for 4,458 men and women who came from all around the globe, from Malaya to United Kingdom to Australia, many of whom were allied military soldiers who fought bravely against the invading Japanese armies during World War 2. Almost all died in the midst of defending and protecting this tiny country that we call home. First unveiled to the public in 1946, the Kranji War Memorial was erected to pay tribute to those fallen soldiers and their loved ones. Located on top of a hill, this site is relatively untouched by urbanization and is a true  reflection of pure serenity and peacefulness.

The Cemetery is now under the immaculate care and maintenance  of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The graves are all so uniformed as the Commission states that “all headstones should be uniform and there should be no distinction made on account of military or civil rank, race or creed”.

Inscriptions on the tombstones
It might sound like a morbid fascination but I personally find inscriptions on tombstones to be very intriguing. Death is inevitable; no one will ever escape from the claws of death but the one thing that will always remain etched in the hearts of our loved ones will be the memories. As such, many feel the need to write a thoughtful and expressive epitaph or inscription that reflects well of the deceased – some are religious, some are personal and some are, well, funny. It is “a long-lasting symbol of remembrance for a person who has passed away” and a record that stand the test of time.

Here are some inscriptions that had caught my eye:

A picture from the past – a sign that he was not forgotten by his loved ones

Loved ones who were not spared – Wives, Mothers, Daughters.

A pair of twins who lived and sadly, departed together on the same day.

Some never even got to live a day.

Lorraine Elizabeth Kavanagh
Born 22nd July 1966
Died 22nd July 1966

The Memorial Walls are inscribed with close to 25,000 names, all dedicated to allied soldiers and servicemen whose bodies were, unfortunately, never recovered after the war.

They died for all free men

State Cemetery

On the outskirts of the Kranji War Memorial lies the burial site of Singapore’s first two Presidents – Inche Yusuf bin Ishak and Benjamin Henry Sheares.


6 responses to “. kranji war memorial .

  1. Such a beautiful post girl, and much needed to bring awareness to all those who sacrificed SO MUCH for strangers across the world. It reminds me of the Bible verse:

    “Greater love has no man than he who lays down his life for his friends.” ~John 15:13

    And to lay it down for someone you don’t even know, in the name of freedom and a better tomorrow for countries not even your home? That is just incredible, amazing and heartbreaking.

    I’ve been to Kranji before at a young age, as well as cemeteries later on, and they are really sad places that still your soul, and realise how life is so ephemeral, and that we really shouldn’t take it for granted. People died for us to live in this place and what are we doing? Thanks for posting!!!

    • Hi dear!

      so sorry for the very belated reply, it’s been a week! yea, cemeteries are often associated with sadness and sorrow as they are after all, the final resting place for the dead but somehow, it also comes with an eternal beauty and appreciation. beautiful, peaceful yet spooky at times… what a combination.

      cemetery tourism might not be everyone’s cup of tea but it certainly is for me. im hoping to visit some of the world’s renown cemeteries one day – Père Lachaise, Highgate, La Recoleta .

  2. love the collection of images, great entry you’ve got here 🙂

    • Hi babe,

      Thanks!! 🙂 You really should visit some spots of singapore for a snapshot moment too! 🙂 Speaking of which, I have yet sign up for meetup. 😦

      and yes, i totally regretted not getting the old sch camera in China. too late for regrets now. 😦

  3. I like the melancholic feel of the images. Melancholy is beauty in itself. Lovely words as accompaniment to the images. I learn alot from here and i feel inspired to visit Kranji war memorial too. In fact, I bloghopped here a while back from CC when I mistook you for another person and your posts always give me inspirations for new areas to explore on our sunny shores.

    Do you use photoshop or photoscape to edit your photos? I love the colour treatment.

    • Hi Jolene,

      Sorry for the late reply, been so busy lately. Wanna take this chance to thank you for your very encouraging words… it certainly made my day! Honestly, i think CC is a great platform to meet others as well.. visited a couple of cotters’ blogs through the forum too. Visited your blog through the link, and I have to say that it’s lovely and quite a popular hit!

      yes, im a photoscape addict! you can try using ‘Film Effect- Cinema, Crossprocess’ and ‘Vignetting’ for effects. Those are my fav. applications. 🙂

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