Today I laid a wreath at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery (Kranji) in Singapore.
Kranji Cemetery is the final resting place of 4,461 soldiers killed during the Battle of Singapore and during the subsequent Japanese occupation of the island from 1942-1945, and other parts of the region during the Second World War.
The Kranji War Cemetery also contains the Singapore Memorial which bears the names of over 24,000 casualties of the Commonwealth land and air forces who have no known grave.
The forces commemorated by the memorial include those who died during the Second World War campaigns in Malaya and Indonesia or in subsequent captivity, many of them during the construction of the Burma-Thailand railway, or at sea while being transported into imprisonment elsewhere. The memorial also commemorates airmen who died during operations over the whole of southern and eastern Asia.
I was joined at the wreath laying by the Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley, and the Secretary of the Department of Defence, Duncan Lewis.
I am visiting Singapore for the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) Defence Ministers meeting.
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