Looking back at
SINGAPORE
1945-1946
A British soldier's view of the lifestyle in Singapore  photographed shortly after the end of the Japanese Occupation.

The photographer was a young soldier serving with the Royal Engineers (Survey) Regiment in the  British Army.

Following the cessation of hostilities he was transferred from the 14th. Army Advanced H.Q. in Burma, to Allied Land Forces South East Asia H.Q. in Singapore.

The photographs were taken with a Rollieflex camera.
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One of Singapore's first
Skyscrapers and
Lord Louis Mountbatten's
Penthouse A.L.F.S.E.A. H.Q.
following the liberation.



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When the liberating troops arrived in Singapore many were re-mustered on Singapore Racecourse and from there the various units were dispersed to mostly tented camps,although some took over empty houses for a short while until something like normal life returned.
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From the Racecourse, British Army Officers commandeered empty houses initially as Unit bases.
Tented areas were established nearby for "Other Ranks" and eventually more permanent camps were constructed.
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Below are some street scenes.To see photographs of Singapore River, the Harbour and more photographs of Singapore taken over 50 years ago,
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