Life of Cecil Caswell Harper

Early Years

1927 - 1935

1935 - 1937

1937 - 1940

1940 -1945

1945 - 1963

Retirement from RAF


birdsong 4
John, Robert (Bob), and Tom at Haw Paw Villa one very warm Sunday afternoon.

The Harper Family In Singapore 1957 - 1959

Meteor RoadMandai ReservoirMeteor Road Tengah
(Left)Bob and Tom in the garden at Meteor Road Tengah . (Centre)John, in charge of the camera whilst Bob and Tom supervise
the winding on of the film. (Right) Tom and Bob with Sati, the Amah, in the garden at Meteor Road Tengah.


My good friend Raymond Clayton, myself in the middle with no shirt on, Ray's mother and his sister and her friend Carol Strutt seated on the swing.  In the background you can see new houses being built on Hunters Hill.  The photo was taken just after Ray's family had got back from holiday in Hong Kong on the Nevassa; the ship my family should have been returning to the UK on.  This was about two weeks before we left Singapore flying home on a Brittania.

Haw Paw Villa (Tiger Balm Gardens)
John Bob Tom at Haw Paw VillaBuddha Haw Paw Villa
Gorilla Haw Paw Villa

Sgts Mess RAF Changi
A beer with the brassSgts Mess Changi

Sgts mess RAF Changi

Families Club RAF Changi
Fancy Dress competion
Mum wins the fancy dress competition dressed as a Chinese itinerant hawker.  The trousers and blouse were borrowed from the Amah and she used one of her own sewing baskets and borrowed one from a friend and strapped them to a broom handle.  Because of the hat she couldn't see what was going on and wasn't aware that she had won.

Singapore Regiment
I think that the photos below from my fathers collection are of members of the Singapore Regiment
Jungle warfare.
The time we spent in Singapore was of course during the Malayan Emergency (a war against communism by any other name).
Malay members of the Singapore Regiment were amongst the people that my father worked with during that time.
Meal timeSingapore Regiment

Recent Visits To Singapore

Arab Street Textiles | Singapore Zoological Garden | Bukit Timah Nature Reserve | Hawker Food Centres
| Haw Par Villa | Katong 2007 | Stamps Prior to Malayan Independence 1957| State of Singapore Stamps 1959 | Botanical Gardens | Sungei Buloh Wetlands | Changi 2007 | Botanical Gardens Photo Album