The All-Services Newspaper of South East Asia Command, Singapore Edition

Dated to 12 September 1945, which was the day the Japanese troops in Southeast Asia officially surrendered to the British in SIngapore, this All-Services Newspaper of South East Asia Command (SEAC) newspaper reported on the surrender of the Japanese and the signing of the surrender document, which were the main events of the day, amid other international news. The South East Asia Command was set up in 1943 to assume control and command of all air, sea and land operations in the Southeast Asian region during World War II. Lord Louis Mountbatten was the Supreme Allied Commander of the South East Asia Command from October 1943 till its disbandment in 1946, hence he was also the key person at the surrender ceremony in the Municipal Building on 12 September 1945. This newspaper was part of the belongings of former prisoner of war (POW) Albert Riley. Riley held the rank of Private in the 196 Field Ambulance unit (part of the Royal Army Medical Corps) and he arrived in Singapore on 29 January 1942 with his unit to help the wounded soldiers. With the fall of Singapore, Riley was held captive as a prisoner of war in Changi, and was sent to work on the Burma-Thailand Railway in 1943, but managed to survive the imprisonment and hardship to return to Changi. He eventually returned home to Britain after the surrender of the Japanese.