The Fall of Singapore in 1942
Lamentations of my Grandfather, Henry Gordon Gooch Ashton
By Richard Ashton (My comments posted like this.)
Feb. 15 is a big day for Singapore.
Its the 70th anniversary of the British surrender to Japanese invaders on Singaporean soil, and the start of a brutal regime.
It is a big deal over here in Australia, and it did not need to have happened.
An Australian Prime Minister blamed the Brits for deserting Australia, and Singapore also felt they had been deserted.
My grandfather inspected the fortifications at Singapore many years before, and reported the defences were inadequate.
He was told it was none of his business to detail why, even though they sent him to inspect and report.
Then they hid his report. It is all there in his memoires.
(TRUTH has never been loved by the most.)
He was still alive when Singapore fell
It was known he was the author of the report, so it would be assumed he was incompetant and gave it a clean bill of health.
Singapore fell on 15th February 1942 and was a grievous blow to Britain and her allies.
The shock was great, as it was generally believed the fortress (ie the whole island) was impregnable and there were many heart-burnings over it.
You will see at page 57 of this journal such a thing was anticipated in my report of 1911
it was a very full and descriptive one; at the end I reported that as all the mounted guns pointed seaward and could not be turned about,
the port seemed to be completely at the mercy of any land attack from Jahore
This report was, I suppose, as usual pidgeon-holed, but as afterwards proved by the Japanese attack in the 2nd world war - I was correct.
The Admiralty said I had gone beyond my [can't read word] in remarking this, but being on the Far East Defence Committee, I did not feel I was (rnd)
(RA - that word I could not read may be province) Another case of 'Yes Minister' I suspect.
Grandfather was a master mariner under sail and as shown in WW1 that he was a competant highly decorated officer on the field of battle.
(It is said Pearl Harbor - Hawaii USA Dec 7, 1941 - was also foreseen and foreknown - but our president then needed that war to pull USA out of a depression.)
I seriously believe that Singapore was so vital to the Japanese stranglehold on the western Pacific, that Pearl Harbor was attacked to prevent US ships sailing to help Singapore.
And I also believe firmly they did not expect either to be done with so little effort.
All round the world the nations kept on appeasing Hitler and Hirohito.
Singapore was defenceless because of the direction Japan attacked from, which my grandfather pointed out 30 years earlier.
(I believe those he reported to then understood that also.)
The attitude was that Singapore will never be attacked from Malaysia, only from the sea.
The medal on the wrong side was a Royal Humane Society medal of gallantry.
He dove into the icy water from his ship to rescue a man who fell overboard from drowning.
He was a Lieutenant-Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve. Brits maintained reserves in peace time.
Lieutenant Commander is the same I think as Major
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