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Sun 13 Feb 2005

Commemorating the Battle of Pasir Panjang

Category : heritage

As we did a year ago, the Pasir Panjang/Kent Ridge Ridge Guides commemorated the Battle of Pasir Panjang with an observance walk, but this time from the start point of the battle to the point of the last stand.

At dawn of 13th February 1942, Mutaguchi's 18th division attacked the Malay Regiment at what is now the stretch of Clementi Road next to NUS. This marked the start of the two-day Battle of Pasir Panjang.

By noon of the 13th of February, the overhwelming odds of the Japanese forces had pushed the soldiers back to pt. 270 which is believed to be what laater came to be known as Prince Edward Point, or the water tower hill behind the Department of Biological Sciences in NUS.

By midnight, the Gap (at South Buona Vista Road) was lost and the 1st Battalion HQ there was all bombed out - recent excavations for the MRT Circle Line, in fact, revealed an unexploded bomb in the area which was safely dealt with.

A last stand was fought at Bukit Chandu on 14th of February 1942. Lt Adnan and the men of "C" company were wiped out in this battle and a remembrance centre, the Reflections at Bukit Chandu is lcoated at the lhe last surviving bungalow at pt. 226, where the men fought to a bloody death.

A group of ridge guides have been commemorating the battle and heritage of the area since 2002, after some research resulting in the Pasir Panjang/Kent Ride Heritage webpage.

Posted at 11:07AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news