While Raffles articulated a number of broad principles, plans, and priorities for Singapore’s development, he was largely absent. It was Farquhar who did the heavy lifting, executing Raffle’s vision and ensuring Singapore’s commercial success.
With fewer and fewer WW2 veterans still alive, the link to the greatest generation is gradually slipping away with each passing year. The surviving few carry with them incredible tales of hardship, suffering and survival. One of them is a 98 year old British Army veteran, Fergus Anckon.