Memorial to those who died in two World Wars

The Cenptaph was constructed as a memorial to those who died in World War I (1914 - 1919), later to include those who perished during the Second World War (1939 - 1945).

The Cenotaph

The memorial was designed by the well-known architect, Denis Santry of Swan and MacLaren. The foundation stone was laid on 15 November 1920 by the Governor of the Straits Settlements, Sir Laurence Nunns Guillemard.

Cenotaph was unveiled on 31 March 1922 by the Prince of Wales (later Duke of Windsor and King Edward VIII) during his tour of Malaya, India, Australia and New Zealand. He was accompanied by young Mountbatten later the Earl of Burma who landed in Singapore in September 1945 as Supreme Commander, South-east Asia Command, to receive the surrender of the Japanese at City Hall almost directly opposite the Cenotaph.