From Valerie Wells
I learned sadly that
Whacker (who befriended many of us in the Naval Base) died
My family knew him well in 1955-58 when he was my brother
Barry's friend, seen dining with us in Singapore in one picture,
with me, my brother Barry and my mum And dad about 1957.
I met up with Whacker on my return to Singapore in
February 2013 and again in June 2013 see photo,
I am on the right, with Whacker and Pat Alexander on the
Whacker was founded president of the Singapore
Swimming Teachers Association
Many tributes paid to him on his Facebook page under
Foo Chee Han.
A legend never forgotten by all
ex pats who knew him.
More reading on Foo Chee Han - 'Whacker'
|My thanks to
for these photos. John along with his sister Elaine, lived
in the Royal Naval Base at Sembawang from 1964 to 1967.
48 Hobart Road shows me in my
cub uniform with dad’s Hillman Minx (Robert Blyth) and our house
68 Falkland Road in the background. The dog was Nobby. We
adopted him when someone left Singapore to go back to the UK.
Dockyard Swimming Pool shows
me and my sister
SpringDale Fishing Pond shows
Dad, Elaine and Me. I remember great big red ants that nipped
used to walk along the railings
CC Dept Dance is dated
December 1966 and my mum (Nancy) and dad are front right with
Jessie and Jimmy Birnie front left
The SVSO Dance was dated
December 1966. Robert and Nancy Blyth are front on the left. My
mum worked in the Victualling and Stores Offices in the
Dockyard. Dad was an engineer on a tug called the Nimble.
St. Andrew’s Youth Club has me
and my sister seated front left with the Minister at the back
and leader Ian on the left
St Andrews Church Youth Club On HMS Eagle
Front row, second left is Jock Laidlaw, and back row first left is Bryan Allan.
St. Andrew’s Church shows the
cover of what was the order of service for 18 December 1966. It
was in this church that a childhood myth was shattered when my
sister told me that Santa didn’t exist!
St Andrews Church RN Naval Base Singapore
Nimble RN Dockyard Singapore Mid 60's
Dad worked on the Tug Nimble
as an Engineer. Myself (John) and my sister Elaine Blyth are
seen on the Nimble.
Butcher Delivering Singapore
Dockyard Mid 60's. Mum loved all the deliveries that made
life so much easier
Me and my
sister waiting for the school bus. We lived in Jalan Malu Malu
outside the Naval Base before going to Hobart Road and then
sauntering down the road!
Malu. Sep 65
What would we have done
without Wong! Mum was a traditional housewife in Scotland,
and took well to having an Amah. She had a tremendous shock when
we returned in October 1967 when dad was posted back to Rosyth
Naval Base. No Amah in Scotland!
Singapore Dockyard Swimming
older lady is thought to be Tom Young's Grandmother
Jack And The Beanstalk
Jack And The Beanstalk
Jack And The Beanstalk
Remember Tri Shaws?
Elaine & John Singapore Tri Shaw Mid 60's
Party At 68
Falkland Road Singapore Sept 67
right – Flo Slora, Agnes Blyth, Sheila Henry, ?, George Scoble,
Mum And Friends
right – Agnes Blyth is in the middle. Just look at that TV.
Party Dockyard Club Singapore
right front – Flo Slora, Agnes Blyth, Sheila Henry, Bob Blyth,
Jessie Birnie?, Jim Birnie, ? At the back Left to right – Jim
Henry, Doris, ?, ?, ?
Singapore Dockyard Club
to right – Harry Slora, Ron, Flo Slora, Gaynor, Bob (Robert)
Blyth, Nancy (Agnes) Blyth, Alf Merryweather and Isobel
Party May 66
right - ?, Bob Blyth, Doris, Linda, Jim Henry, Sheila Henry,?,?
RN Infants School Sports Day
My sister (Elaine Blyth) is
second from the right (i.e. last!) in this shot at the RN School
(Infants) inside the Naval Base
Playing in the Naval Base. I
think a friend called Gordon Birnie had a birthday party that
Robinson Store Singapore
Robinsons was a well known
store in Singapore city amongst Dockyard residents but I believe
it burnt down in a fire
Dance Invites Singapore HM Dockyard
Constructors Dance Invite
Lido Cinema Singapore
One of the cinemas in
Singapore city that Dad and Mum would take us kids to
Swimming Club Jan 65
Me and my
sister in the smaller pool. As kids we loved the Singapore
Swimming Club and the Dockyard Pool. After we returned to the UK
we had some holidays in Scarborough but somehow, the open air
pool in Scarborough just didn’t have the warm weather to go with
Many thanks to Anna Googan for these photographs taken in the '60s of Naval Base personnel.
The only information we have on this photo is some
writing on the back which says - Mr Googan TG3 (C/M of Shipfitters)
Prom (C). I also noticed that there is one small lady in the
centre of the picture.
The same photo thanks to Julie Ivens
This photo is of the Chief Constructors
Dept. (Naval Base circa 1968). This one is where my dad, Bill Sugrue, had written out many of the names.
Farewell party for Mr & Mrs Melville on 30-12-1966
No information on this one other than it was at the
Tai Tong Restaurant.
c1968 naval base dockyard departmental toast
naval base dockyard social c1968
Many thanks to Chris Elsden for this photo of
his band playing in the Naval
Base at the Dockyard Club Christmas Dance Dec 1966. Chris was
in Singapore form April 1964 to January 1967.
From Left. Dave Black and a few too many Tigers.
Chris, Les Beckwith, Ron
Smith, Roger Spencley.
My thanks to
Bernard Mennell for this photo. Bernard said in his
email "I notice that your fascinating site has no reference to
the Civilian Messes in the Naval Base where single/unaccompanied
staff lived. I had a wonderful time living briefly in No 2 Mess
in Mata Road from Dec 1970 to March 1971 - the photograph shows
the main living quarters with part of one of the Accommodation
Blocks. Half a mile away next to Beaulieu House was No 1 Mess,
that accommodated more senior staff and was reputedly less fun!
Both closed in October 1971. The area is now Sembawang Park but
there is no trace of either Mess. I don't know how many such
civilian Messes there once were, but the official 1968 plan of
HM Naval Base identifies a No 6 Mess in Jamaica Road."
My thanks to John Mitchell, who served in the Electrical Dept of Singapore Dockyard and Sembawang Shipyard from 1967 to 1970, for these two photos. John Mitchells' three children Susan,
Julie and John attended the RN Naval Base School, Susan went on to Bourne. They lived initially in Sembawang Springs then inside the Naval Base.
Our Amah, Amoy, and her daughter Lai Fong (Moi Moi), at Lagos Circle. We would dearly like to hear something
regarding Amoy or Lai Fong. Amoy had two other children (both boys).
Lai Fong (Moi Moi), please contact me
again regarding this photo
The mobile barber cutting our son Johns' hair in Jalan Salang
See also these pages with a Naval
connection: Tim Brown
Junior & Infant Schools