OUR HERO “BARNEY”
This grave marker is at the Kranji War Memorial in Singapore. The cemetery houses military graves predominantly from the Second World War, although there are three from the First World War. there’s also a section of graves that were relocated from a British military cemetery.
This grave marker caught my attention because of the name – A.B. Facey. An A.B. Facey (“Bert) wrote a very famous autobiography called A Fortunate Life. I knew that this couldn’t have been Bert’s grave as he wrote the book in the 1980s but was curious to see if this was a relative.
It was his eldest son – Barney. I’ll leave it up to Bert to tell the rest of the story:
“When Singapore fell Barney was reported missing and we didn’t hear anything of him until just before the war ended – nearly four years….. I don’t know how we got through the four years that Barney was missing….We would have given anything just to find out something…. Then on May twenty-third 1945….I received word that Barney had been killed on February fifteenth 1942 during the fall of Singapore to the Japanese. He was driving a truck when it was bombed in an air attack. It received a direct hit, killing Barney and four others. He was twenty-three.”
RIP A.B. “Barney” Facey