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The Second World War in Malaya, 1941 - 1971

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 103/15/3

Scope and Contents

From the Series:

This section includes archives received at a later date from Hugh Bryson and some items acquired directly by the Royal Commonwealth Society.


  • Creation: 1941 - 1971


Conditions Governing Access

For conservation reasons, this collection must be read on Cambridge Digital Library or Master Microfilm Reel 8239.

Biographical / Historical

In 1934, Sir Shenton Thomas was appointed governor of the Straits Settlements and high commissioner for the Malay states. Although due to retire in 1939, he agreed to remain in post when the Second World War began. He chaired the local defence committee and organised civilian support for the armed forces. After the surrender of Singapore, Thomas was interned first in Changi prison before being moved to Taiwan, and then Manchuria. Thomas was liberated in 1945 and he was reunited with his wife, who had been interned in Singapore. Following the war, he devoted considerable energy to refuting criticisms of the civil government in the official service dispatches of the campaign and the official history of the war, S. W. Kirby and others, ‘The war against Japan, 1: The loss of Singapore’ (1957).


11 file(s) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

BAM Addenda


Thomas, Sir Thomas Shenton Whitelegge, 1879-1962, Knight colonial administrator

Finding aid date

2012-07-24 11:32:38+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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