David Dancy

Story of a Flight Engineer


Singapore War Graves

The aircraft crashed near Sin Cowe island in the South China Sea. 09N52 114E19.

Kranji War Cemetery is 22 kilometres north of the city of Singapore, on the north side of Singapore Island overlooking the Straits of Johore. It is just off the Singapore-Johore road (Woodlands Road) at the milestone 13 1/2, and there is a short approach road from the main road.

Kranji War Cemetery is known locally as Kranji Memorial and one must be sure of the address before boarding a taxi as most taxi drivers do not know the Cemetery.

There are also bus stops on the main road facing the Cemetery. An MRT terminal will be found a short distance from the Cemetery.

Historical Information.

Kranji Military Cemetery is a substantial non-world war site of 1,378 burials, created in 1975 when it was found necessary to remove the graves of servicemen and their families from Pasir Panjang and Ulu Pandan cemeteries. There is also 1 Netherlands Foreign National burial there.

*Supplied by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

David's grave can be found in Plot 12, Row B, Grave 14. Not far from the Caretaker's Office

Key to rest of map:

1. The Cemetery Entrance
2. Cross of Sacrifice
3. Chinese Memorial
4. Unmaintainable Graves Memorial
5. Memorial to the Missing
6. General Hospital Memorial
7. Memorial Walls
8. Cremation Memorial

The cross that marked Flt Sgt Dancy's grave on Sin Cowe was re-erected beside St. Georges Church RAF Changi. In 1971 it was flown on the first 205 Sqn Shackleton to leave for home, as they withdrew from Singapore. Sqn Ldr (ret) Jim (Crint) Davies was with 205 Sqn when the cross returned to the UK. He not only remembers the cross but was responsible for giving it lots of coats of varnish when it was removed from it's position adjacent to the east wall of the church. He remembers it being freestanding but mounted in concrete and bolted in the ground, this accounts for the darker colour you can see at the bottom of the cross.

It can now be seen hanging in St. Eval Church, Cornwall.