I’m hoping some kind member of the Forum might be able to help me find additional information -– perhaps from a Singapore Directory of the mid-to-late 1930s? -- regarding Reginald Valentine WILLIAMS.
Key bio-data regarding Williams includes: Born: 24 March 1906; New Ferry, Cheshire, England. Died: 22 January 1976; Perth, Western Australia. Lived in Singapore and Malaya between c.1935 – 1947.
Williams was a Royal Marine for about 10 years (c.1925-34), after which he moved to Singapore, obtaining a position as a European Warder in the Singapore (and later) Jahore Prisons Department.He joined the Malayan R.N.V.R. (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) in 1940; and was captured after the fall Singapore in Feb 1942 (on Bangk Island), spending the balance of the war as a POW at Palembang, Sumatra. After liberation, he returned to his position as a Prison Warder until at least 1947/48, when he seems to have moved into private business.He eventually settled in Western Australia.
I am, in particular, hoping to learn: a) when Williams arrived in Singapore; b) at which prisons he worked; c) where he lived; and d) when he departed.
I am hoping that this information can be deduced from entries in a Singapore Directory of the period – but any suggestions for other sources, or any other information regarding Williams, would of course be greatly appreciated.