|Tan Chow Kim's picture at his tomb|
Chinese Co. S.V.I wins the Warren ShieldIn the competition in the Balestier Range in August 10th 1907, the Chinese company of the S.V.I won the Warren Shield for the first time with a narrow margin of 2 points. Among the team members was of course, a young Tan Chow Kim.
In the last Interport match in May 1914 (before the Great War), the Singapore team won first prize. Members of the team included Tan Chow Kim and Sir Ong Siang. The novel feature of this event was the inclusion of a woman in this team, a Miss Kerr (Principal of the Chinese Girls' School).
First "Chinaman" to shoot in BisleyTan Chow Kim together with Messers Long and Galistan were the first Straits born individuals to represent the Colony in England for the National Rifle Association (N.R.A) competition in Bisley in 1910. English journalist were disappointed after seeing Tan Chow Kim as they were expecting a "pig tail" (queue) adorned chinese with Qing robes representative of his native country! Instead they found one who could speak perfect English and dressed the same as them. Another journalist from the Daily Mail went on to describe Tan Chow Kim as a "a slim,khaki-clad figure lay for hours in the long grass of the Bisley ranges striving hard to understand the vagaries of English winds. It was Tan Chow Kim, the first Chinaman to shoot at Bisley, and a member of the Singapore team, who traveled many a thousand miles to take part in a contest for the Empire Cup".
The Singapore team (consisting of nine man) came up 5th in the Empire Cup and 7th in the Kolapore Cup.
Promotion and ResignationAs a Chinese Volunteer he moved up as non commission officer to eventually a Platoon Officer in December 1915. He was very popular among the ranks. Although his eyesight troubled him, he held his post throughout the Great War (World War I) until the signing of the armistice (marking the end of the war) in which he then resigned due to increased poor sight. Prior to his leaving, he also received from the Governor, the Colonial Auxiliary Forces long service medal award.
|Promotion celebrations in 1916|
|Tomb of Tan Chow Kim|
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