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Singapore Barracks

#1
Although I never served there, I am often in Singapore and I am always amazed at how British it still is.

By chance today I stumbled on a blog that had a section on old military barracks and bases. some of the old and bold may remember:

Ayer Rajah Camp, formerly part of the British’s Pasir Panjang Complex that also included the Gillman Barracks and Alexandra Camp.
http://remembersingapore.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/former-ayer-rajah-camp.jpg?w=640&h=438
http://remembersingapore.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/ayer-rajah-camp-late-1970s.jpg?w=640&h=378

Beach Road Camp
http://remembersingapore.files.word...arade-at-beach-road-camp-1989.jpg?w=640&h=486
http://remembersingapore.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/beach-road-camp-early-2000s.jpg?w=640&h=426

Blakang Mati Artillery Barracks
http://remembersingapore.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/blakang-mati-artillery-barrack.jpg?w=640&h=417

Changi Command Barracks
http://remembersingapore.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/changi-commando-barracks.jpg?w=640&h=438


Haig Road Camp, (Old) Keat Hong Camp and Simon Road Camp
http://remembersingapore.files.word...ng-camp-under-demolition-2012.jpg?w=640&h=410


Mowbray Camp

Nee Soon Camp

Selarang Camp
http://remembersingapore.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/selarang-camp-1969.jpg?w=640&h=290

Seletar Camp
http://remembersingapore.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/abandoned-seletar-barracks.jpg?w=640&h=436

Tanglin Barracks
http://remembersingapore.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/tanglin-barracks.jpg?w=640&h=461

There is a lost of the other barracks and camps at the end of the post.

Remember Singapore | remember the good old days…

Memories, anyone?
 
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I served there with HQ NZFORSEA in 1989; most of those facilities had already been adandoned for over 10 years by then. I lived in a very nice bungalo - actually, mounted on pillars, of course, in Kings Avenue, overlooking Sembawang basin.
 
#6
Just spent an hour browsing the web looking at Changi Commando Barracks, which apparently were built in 1935 for the Royal Engineers.

They are now being incorporated into a 5 star hotel, as these places often are, but its good to see the buldozers haven't hit....
 
#7
what about Gilman barracks, and the BMH, all the married pads are still there in Sembewang hills, 5 Gurkha dog company in Ulu Pandaan is now the Singapore police dog training unit, lots places for the old and bold if you know where to look!!Zam Zams has moved to near the Merlion, Johnny Two thumbs the tattooist is still on orchard road,the tattoo parlour is run by his 2 daughters
 
#8
Bumhole, sorry mate - the house photos are a long way away from me - but it was indeed Changi. I understand the NZ party house up the top of the island is also gone? Greenleaf center or some such?
 
#9
I really envy you guys. I was just too young to see the end of Britain as a great colonial military power, compete with interesting postings. Doubtless it didn't feel like it to you lot at the time.

Old boys came back to my school in uniform and gave talks on Aden and the Far East. Heady "Boys Own" stuff for a young kid in short trousers.

By the time I was old enough it was all over. Singapore and all of the SE Asia bases were gone, as was much of the Middle East stuff. I think Terendak was just built but no one talked about it. By the early 70s it all seemed doom and gloom.

You bastards had the experiences.
 
#10
Meiktila Barracks, Rawson Block, home of single soldiers and bean stealers belonging to 249 Signal Squadron (FARELF). Co located with 18 Signal Regiment we had our own compound in Princess Mary Barracks a 10 minute walk away either by the main road or the path through the bondu. I worked for a six month stint in Tanglin Barracks where our crypto gear was located.

There are a load more pictures at http://www.249signalsquadron.co.uk/index.htm for those interested.
 

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I really envy you guys. I was just too young to see the end of Britain as a great colonial military power, compete with interesting postings. Doubtless it didn't feel like it to you lot at the time.

Old boys came back to my school in uniform and gave talks on Aden and the Far East. Heady "Boys Own" stuff for a young kid in short trousers.

By the time I was old enough it was all over. Singapore and all of the SE Asia bases were gone, as was much of the Middle East stuff. I think Terendak was just built but no one talked about it. By the early 70s it all seemed doom and gloom.

You bastards had the experiences.
My thoughts exactly.
 
#12
My dad was a pilot on the Shackleton, 205sqn at RAF Changi '69-'72. We lived at 26 Tow Ave, then in a bungalow at the bottom of the hill from the Officers Mess. Many happy memories trips up to Frasers Hill in Malaya really stand out. I have recently stumbled across a good site, RAF Singapore.
 
#13
Meiktila Barracks, Rawson Block, home of single soldiers and bean stealers belonging to 249 Signal Squadron (FARELF). Co located with 18 Signal Regiment we had our own compound in Princess Mary Barracks a 10 minute walk away either by the main road or the path through the bondu. I worked for a six month stint in Tanglin Barracks where our crypto gear was located.

There are a load more pictures at HOME PAGE 249 Sig Sqn (FARELF) for those interested.
And for 237 Signal Squadron

18 Signal Regiment

208 Signal Squadron

And for scaleys everywhere: Royal Signals Contact Gallery
 
#14
Although I never served there, I am often in Singapore and I am always amazed at how British it still is.

By chance today I stumbled on a blog that had a section on old military barracks and bases. some of the old and bold may remember:

Nee Soon Camp

There is a lost of the other barracks and camps at the end of the post.

Remember Singapore | remember the good old days…

Memories, anyone?
No link for Nee Soon!! Not really needed though, just watch "Virgin Soldiers" filmed on location there.
 
#15
Meiktila Barracks, Rawson Block, home of single soldiers and bean stealers belonging to 249 Signal Squadron (FARELF). Co located with 18 Signal Regiment we had our own compound in Princess Mary Barracks a 10 minute walk away either by the main road or the path through the bondu. I worked for a six month stint in Tanglin Barracks where our crypto gear was located.

There are a load more pictures at HOME PAGE 249 Sig Sqn (FARELF) for those interested.
With all due respect, Chods, Rawson block** was in Princess Mary barracks. I don't think those blocks in Meiktila were named.

** I hope I've interpreted your statement correctly :)
 
#16
With all due respect, Chods, Rawson block** was in Princess Mary barracks. I don't think those blocks in Meiktila were named.

** I hope I've interpreted your statement correctly :)
You have, I've got it arse about face as usual. Rawson was indeed in Princess Mary Barracks and our compound in Meiktila, should have remembered that the NAAFI bar we drank in was the Princess Mary Club...it's an age thing, after all it's 45 years ago for me back when I was slim and fit...sigh.
 

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There was always the Cpls Mess down in Meiktila at the opposite end of the square to the dhobi and accommodation.

If you remember Sgt King? Well, he made Dave Parry and I start to dig the new latrines outside the Mess building - bastard!!

Were you there when we had a mahoosive punch up with the Malays from 3 Squadron outside the NAAFI after the Singapore Government reduced our duty free booze and fags?
 
#19
Provost...No, not that I remember...the Dover Road complex always consisted of Princess Mary Barracks, the swimming pool and the football stadium.

Meiktila was separated from Princess Mary and there was a path between the two camps. From PM NAAFI the path went past the obstacle course, the cemetery and then past the 249 Signal Squadron compound. Meiktila was the home of 3 Squadron, the establishment was all Malay - Charlie Troop (Internal Security) 249 Signal Sqn and 18 Sigs Training Wing.

IIRC the first block was 3 Squadron, the second was Chinese of 2 Squadron and the last block was Brit and out-of-area trainees, including Gurkhas - outside the Brit block there was a turning circle for cars and a path to the pads houses.
 
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Provost...No, not that I remember...the Dover Road complex always consisted of Princess Mary Barracks, the swimming pool and the football stadium.

Meiktila was separated from Princess Mary and there was a path between the two camps. From PM NAAFI the path went past the obstacle course, the cemetery and then past the 249 Signal Squadron compound. Meiktila was the home of 3 Squadron, the establishment was all Malay - Charlie Troop (Internal Security) 249 Signal Sqn and 18 Sigs Training Wing.

IIRC the first block was 3 Squadron, the second was Chinese of 2 Squadron and the last block was Brit and out-of-area trainees, including Gurkhas - outside the Brit block there was a turning circle for cars and a path to the pads houses.
My mistake. I was under the impression that Meiktila Bks, Princess Mary Bks and Calcutta Camp were all regarded as being constituent parts of Dover Road Camp. Mostly taken over as the site for Singapore Polytechnic now, I understand
 

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