The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘A’ Company Headquarters
- Place of Birth:
- Northam, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Not Known
- Mothers's Name:
- Emily Jane Ah Sing
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Rabbit Trapper
- ‘Blackforce’, attached to 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion, (two weeks guard duties and carting from wharves to Tjililitan Aerodrome).
- Bicycle Camp Batavia
- ‘A’ Force Burma, Java Party No. 4, Williams Force.
- Camps Thailand:
- 131km, 133km, Tamarkan, Kanchanaburi
- Camps Burma:
- Beke Taung 40km, Reptu 30km Camps
- Camps Java:
- Bicycle Camp Batavia
- Rakuyo Maru Party, Kumi No. 38 (rescued by USS Sealion II )
- Return Details 1945:
- Saipan‐Guadalcanal‐Brisbane‐Perth 1.11.1944
Alf Sing enlisted AIF 10 Sept 1941 and Taken on Strength to Woodside SA where he joined rest of 2/4th MGB. Alf was with ‘A’ Coy Headquarters under CO Maj. Saggers.
However when their transport ship from Sydney to Singapore anchored off Guage Roads, Fremantle the 2/4th were ordered not to leave ship – there was no leave. This didn’t stop 100s and 100s of 2/4th men leaving through all means possible to board transport pontoons to Fremantle. Most managed to get back to ‘Aquitania’ by midday of next, 16 January but about 100 men were not. Alf was one of these. Please read further.
Alf sailed several weeks later – not to Singapore as planned, but to Java where all Allied soldiers were taken POW of Japan early March 1942.
Read the story Members of 2/4th nominated for Medal but not awarded.
Read about Java and POW Camps. and a group of men who delayed their surrender to Japan on Java Island.
And the story Surviving the Sinking of the Rakuyo Maru written by Roy Cornford NX44955 of the 2/19th Battalion, courtesy of Peter Winstanley.
Below: death of Alf’s grandmother, Julia.
Below: Alf returned to Northam Army Camp following his rescue from Rakuyo Maru sinking Sep 1944.
Alf had a twin brother James Sing who also enlisted AIF, WX30654.
Alf was the son of Jessie Jane Ah Sing and Alfred James Dennis. Jessie, born Middle Swan 1887 had a family of 11 children . She died Northam March 1974.
Alf’s great grandfather Willliam Ah Sing arrived in West Australia in 1841 and worked as a servant to Samuel Viveash at Swan. (This information from ‘Asian Immigrants to Western Australia, 1829- 1901’ by Anne Atkinson, University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, 1988. pp.80 and 228.)
It is believed William Ah Sing (Snr) was born 1811 Xingyi, Guizhou, China. He married 1855 Middle Swan then aged 45 years to Irish born Julia MacDonald aged 20 years. They had two children – William Ah Sing (Jnr) born 1856 and Annie Ah Sing born 1857.
William Ah Sing (Jnr) married Dec 1879 Middle Swan to Julia Ann known as ‘Julianna’ Hitchcock. They had a family of 10 children including Emily ‘Jane’ Ah Sing – mother of Alf.
After the war in 1947, Alf married Edna J Kempton at Beverley. Edna and Alf had a family of four children. They both died at Beverley.
Alf resumed playing cricket and football.
Alf died at Beverley 11 May 1992 aged 72 years. He was buried at Beverley Cemetery,
SING: (information included July 1992 Borehole Bulletin).
The following members of 2/4th travelled to Beverley for the funeral of Alf Sing: Ron Badock, Wally Lynn, Jim Gilmour, Arthur Morrison, Mr and Mrs Phil Beilby and Claude Dow. The Sing family appreciated their attendance and for bringing the Flag. A luncheon was held afterwards at the Showgrounds attended by a large crowd of relatives and friends.
- Kanchanaburi, 50k - Thailand
- Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
- Tonchan South, 131k - Thailand
- Beketaung, 40Kilo, 374k - Burma
- Reptu, Retphaw, 30Kilo 385k - Burma
- Bicycle Camp, Batavia, Jakarta - Java ***