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Army March 1, 2012
SIX Australian veterans of the
Malayan campaign were given a stand-
ing ovation during a moving memorial
service at the Kranji War Cemetery in
Singapore on February 15.
The veterans, chosen to represent all
Australians who served in the Malayan
campaign and the Battle for Singapore,
stood together as a large crowd gathered
to show their appreciation for the sacri-
fices and hardships faced by those who
fought in World War II.
The service, which marked the 70th
anniversary of the fall of Singapore, was
held at dawn.
Australia's Federation Guard mounted
... you see their
names in the Kranji
memorial and that
is very emotional. It
hurts my heart.
-- Peter Dimopoulos, WWII veteran
to Thailand to work on the Thai-Burma
Railway, the dawn service at Kranji
brought back memories.
"It is emotional every time I come back
because most of our friends, all a bit older
than me at the time, you see their names in
the Kranji memorial and that is very emo-
tional. It hurts my heart," he said.
The Kranji War Cemetery is the final
resting place for Allied soldiers who died
during the Battle of Singapore and the sub-
sequent Japanese occupation of the island
from 1942 to 1945.
There are 4461 WWII casualties bur-
ied or commemorated at the cemetery, of
which more than 850 are unidentified.
Within Kranji War Cemetery stands the
Singapore Memorial, bearing the names
of more than 24,000 casualties of the
Commonwealth land and air forces with
no known grave.
Veteran and former POW George
Smith said he appreciated the contribution
of the Federation Guard to the services.
"The boys have been great -- they made
us feel young again," he said. "We appreci-
ate the hospitality -- they looked after us --
and it's great to have the guard all around
you in formal ceremonies."
Guard to mark the
70th anniversary of
World War II campaign,
a catafalque party, presenting arms as the
Last Post sounded and a minute's silence
Guard OC Maj John Cottis said it was
important to commemorate the veterans
who fought in the campaign.
"It allows us to acknowledge our his-
tory of service and sacrifice," he said.
"What the veterans went through over
here was quite horrific. But making it pos-
sible for our current serving members to
talk to them and support them has a strong
"It shows that the veterans form part of
a heritage and that what they have begun is
The guard contingent joined the six
veterans and Veterans' Affairs Minister
Warren Snowdon to recognise the anni-
versary with services in Gemas and Parit
Sulong in Malaysia, and Changi Chapel
and Kranji War Cemetery in Singapore.
For veteran Peter Dimopoulos,
a machine gunner who was taken to
Changi as a POW and then subsequently
Ceremonial support: Drummer AB Joshua Tibbles, catafalque party commander Cpl Christopher Thorne and guardsman Pte Graeme Coggins
support the Prisoners of War Memorial Service held at Changi Chapel in Singapore.
Photo by Cpl Melina Mancuso
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