To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

Federated Malay States Volunteer Force



Henry Francis De Camborne Lucy


1908/09/20 - Born Herefordshire

Son of Francis and Violet Lucy

Occupation Planter (General Manager Amhurst Estate)

Next of Kin: F W Lucy, Langley Lodge, Sutton Valence, Kent

Federated Malay States Volunteer Force

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Henry was with Robert Veitch when they were both wounded in Singapore.  Robert was taken to Alexandra Hospital and was bayoneted to death in the Alexandra Hospital massacre.

1942/02/15  - Singapore surrendered


Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore

PoW No. I 12655

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index card - Side Two


1943/03/06 - Transported to Blakang Mati 

New Pow No. 7045

1943/09/17 - Returned to Changi

1945/11/02 - Liberated Changi

General Seishiro Itagaki, Japanese Commander of Singapore, would not accept the surrender. Plus it gave him time to cover up all Japanese Atrocities in Singapore. The allied naval landing force 'Operation Tiderace' were delayed as it was still understood the Japanese would dispose of all the PoWs in Singapore if they landed. Mountbatten ordered British paratroopers into Singapore to protect the camps. To many of the PoWs in Singapore, those red berets of the paratroopers were the first signs that the war had ended. All this delayed organising the PoWs. It wasn't till the 12th September that Lord Mountbatten accepted the Japanese surrender at the Municipal Building. Hospital cases were the first to leave Singapore 1945/09/10 on the HMHS Koroa. They were soon followed by Repatriation ships which started reaching the UK about the 15th of October 1945. Why many of the liberated PoWs on these ships had November on their Japanese Index cards, I don't know as in other areas of the Far East, PoWs were marked as Liberated at their PoW camps with the correct date. Unless General Seishiro Itagaki did not make the cards available when the camps were liberated.




1939-1945 Star-tn

Pacific Star

War Medal

1939-1945 Star



Tan DingXiang

KEW Files:- WO 367/3, WO 361/2061, WO 361/2017, WO 392/25, WO 345/32, WO 361/1947,


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