I could not let this day go by without remembering that on 2 January 1942, the British Battalion, formed in Ipoh from the survivors of the Commonwealth forces, The Gurkhas, The British Indian Army and the British Army, were defeated by the Japanese, who then went on to capture Singapore.

The battle lasted four long days and nights, but the defenders when beaten the Japanese attacked them from the rear,, having travelled South by boat. It was a bitter blow to General Percival and signalled the eventual defeat of the British in Singapore.

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