Formed in 1888 as the Singapore Volunteer Artillery Corps.
1915 it helped suppress the mutiny of Sepoys in Singapore.
In the 1930’s the S.S.V.F included four infantry battalions:-
- 1st and 2nd Battalion S.S.V.F with 1250 men from Penang and Province Wellesley
- 3rd Battalion S.S.V.F. with 916 men from Malacca
- 4th Battalion S.S.V.F. with 675 men
They were not only Europeans, but Malays, Chinese, Indians and Eurasians. Very similar as the British Territorial Army, they came from all types of trades and backgrounds.
After swift training, the men of the S.S.V.F. took part in the Battle of Singapore in 1942. Almost all of them were captured when Singapore surrendered on 15th February 1942 when their positions were overrun.
The Timeline is very important as it tells the story of the Japanese atrocities against them. It can be seen that on certain dates a number of them died in Japanese hands. Evidence of this to follow.
In 1952 the S.S.V.F. was disbanded with many of its members joining the Singapore Military Forces.