Battlefield Tour by Jon Cooper (Sun 31 Jan'16 @9.30am)


Catch one of Jon's last tours (as he will be leaving Singapore later this year) and listen to his vivid accounts of the battle of Bukit Brown that took place at the start of the WWII in Singapore.

Liberation'70, the anniversary of end of Japanese Occupation of Singapore has just passed. Join Jon Cooper, historian and archaeologist on the Adam Road Project for :

The Battlefield tour

Meeting point is on top of the pedestrian bridge spanning over Lornie Road near Sime Road entering Bukit Brown, opposite the SICC traffic light. Tour ends at 12 pm outside Bukit Brown in Sime Road. See map below.

Please bring umbrella or poncho / sun block / mosquito repellent.
Please wear covered footwear.

REGISTRATION: You may register for up to 2 pax. Please note as spaces are limited to 25, please make sure you and your companions can attend and inform us early for cancellations as this tour is highly popular. It is suitable for children from 4 years upwards.

The size is kept small for safety reasons and for ideal interaction as Jon shares the maps, photos and stories of the battles. All things Bukit Brown is only the organizer as we support the work that Jon and his team are doing out of respect for our common heritage.

Disclaimer: By agreeing to take this walking tour of Bukit Brown Cemetery, I understand and accept that I must be physically fit and able to do so.To the extent permissible by law, I agree to assume any and all risk of injury or bodily harm to myself and persons in my care (including child or ward). The route is not difficult, still good hardy footwear is highly recommended and depending on the weather it can be hot, so please wear sunscreen, a hat is advisable and plenty of drinking water. Be prepared as well for rain, bring umbrella and ponchos and Jon will assess whether the tour will continue should it get too heavy and there is lightning.


About WW 2 at Bukit Brown

On Feb 15, 1942, Singapore fell just one week after Japanese forces landed. As they headed down south, fierce battles were fought in the Adam Park area and the fighting extended to Bukit Brown, then known as Cemetery Hill.

“On the evening of 14th February 1942, the rolling hills of the Bukit Brown Cemetery were suddenly engulfed in a barrage of flame and fire. It appeared like scene from Dante’s ‘Inferno’. ”

Jon Cooper, the battlefield archaeologist behind The Adam Park Project, wrote this gripping account as he retraced the battle ground route with all things Bukit Brown.

This is your chance to brush up on your history. Jon Cooper will take you through the paces. Don’t miss his energetic retracing of the movements on both sides, as we commemorate the fallen. You will be expected to do some walking in the sun, so wear good walking shoes and bring snacks and water. The tour ends at the Bukit Brown Cemetery, where you will see the graves among which the soldiers sheltered and fought.

Jon’s post on his interest in Bukit Brown and the missing soldiers is here.

Jon conducts the Battlefield Tour when time permits. For other war-related stories, you can join tours by All Things Bukit Brown on the heritage tours.

For a visual guide to your route, cartographer Mok Ly Ying has done this wonderful guide map for you.

Previous tour report here


To help you plan your Sunday morning and enjoy the tour, you can follow this map of a previous one: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=208524362450694978161.0004cc9d065f2a171893d&msa=0&ll=1.336901,103.817351&spn=0.003566,0.005681

Sun Jan 31, 2016
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM SGT
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pedestrian overhead bridge at Lornie Rd / Sime Rd - Opposite SICC Singapore
Bus services available: 52, 74, 93, 157, 165, 852, 855.
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