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Singapore as a British Colony and under Straits Settlements[edit | edit source]

The military of Singapore includes the Singapore Army, the Republic of Singapore Navy, and the Republic of Singapore Air Force, collectively known as the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) oversees its functionality, along with volunteer private companies involved in supporting roles. The armed forces are controlled by the Minister of Defence.

Singapore legislation requires every able-bodied male Singaporean citizen and second-generation permanent residents to serve National Service for a minimum of 2 years upon reaching 18 years of age or completion of his secondary studies (whichever comes first), with exemption given to those with medical reasons or other official reasons. After serving the two years, every male is considered operationally ready, and is liable for reservist (operationally ready) national service to the age of 40 (50 for commissioned officers).

Record collection Years covered Record type Who is in the records
British Armed Forces and Overseas Births and Baptisms, Singapore at FindMyPast - index and images ($) 1838-2005 Births and Baptisms Children born to those working within the armed forces, merchant navy, and consular forces, as well as, civilian ship passengers.
British Armed Forces and Overseas Banns and Marriages, Singapore at FindMyPast - index and images ($) 1881-1977 Banns and marriages British armed forces members and civilians who were married abroad and at sea
British Armed Forces and Overseas Deaths and Burials, Singapore at FindMyPast - index and images ($) 1879-2005 Deaths and burials Members of the British armed forces who died while serving their country overseas, British civilians who died while traveling or working overseas, and individuals (including seaman) who died at sea.
War Office: Japanese Registers of Allied Prisoners of War and Civilian Internees held in Camps in Singapore, Second World War 1940s Japanese POW records Allied Prisoners of War and Civilian Internees
Kranji War Memorial Cemetery 19th century Burials List of over 3,000 WWI and WWII military and POW burials.
UK, Allied Prisoners of War, 1939-1945 at Ancestry - index and images ($) 1939-1945 POW records Names of allied soldiers interned at Japenese POW camps in Singapore
UK, Military Deserters, 1812-1927 at Ancestry - index and images ($) 1812-1927 Military desertions Lists of UK military desertions in Singapore

Republic of Singapore[edit | edit source]

Singapore gained its independence from Great Britain in 1965, and some British troops remained there until 1971. Currently, the military of Singapore includes the Singapore Army, the Republic of Singapore Navy, and the Republic of Singapore Air Force, collectively known as the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) oversees its functionality, along with volunteer private companies involved in supporting roles. The armed forces are controlled by the Minister of Defence.[1]

Singapore legislation requires every able-bodied male Singaporean citizen and second-generation permanent residents to serve National Service for a minimum of 2 years upon reaching 18 years of age or completion of his secondary studies (whichever comes first), with exemption given to those with medical reasons or other official reasons. After serving the two years, every male is considered operationally ready and is liable for reservist (operationally ready) national service to the age of 40 (50 for commissioned officers).

Online Resources[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Contributors, Singapore Armed Forces, in Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore_Armed_Forces, accessed 2 December 2019.