In our day-to-day life in prosperous Singapore we often take for granted the number of people that died during WW2 fighting in the region, enabling it to become the thriving and free city state that it is today.
An enscription at Kranji War Cemetery / Memorial:
1939 - 1945
On the walls of this memorial are recorded the names of 24,000 soldiers and airmen of many races united in service to the British Crown who gave their lives in Malaya and neighbouring lands and seas and in the air over Southern and Eastern Asia and the Pacific but to whom the fortune of war denied the customary rites accorded to their comrades in death.
They died for all free men.