Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tan Hoon Phian (Bukit Brown)

Tan Hoon Phian (1906-1924) was the wife of Mr Yap Gim Teck. Tan Hoon Phian Neo, who is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Tan Piah Eng, unfortunately died at the age of 18 at on July 27, 1924. She is buried in Block 1 Section E, plot 151
Tomb of Madam Tan Hoon Phian, died at the age of 18

Her father, Mr Tan Piah Eng is the Assistant Manager of the Bukit Timah Rubber Estate and a member of the Singapore Voluntary Infantry. He was a rifle sharp shooter that together with fellow volunteers such as Tan Soo Bin, Sir Song Ong Siang and Tan Chow Kim won the Warren Shield.

During the outbreak of War, he served a 4 year term dividing his time between his work in the Bukit Timah Rubber Estate and his duties at the Drill Hall as the Quartermaster. Mr Tian Pah Eng who was by 1922, a Company Quartermaster Sergeant was awarded the Long Service Medal on the occasion of King George V birthday parade on June3, 1922

The tomb of Madam Tan Hoon Phian Neo is located along a jungle trail in Block 1E. Positive signs show that the tomb was cleared by her descendants recently.Unfortunately, i have no further insights about her. Her husband, Mr Yap Gim Teck remarried and i found a record of mentioning his son, Mr Yap Tiong Seng marrying to the only daughter of Mr and Mrs Ooi Thean Seok from Penang.

(source: NewspaperSG)

Reference
Song, O.S. (1984). One hundred years history of the Chinese in Singapore. Singapore: Oxford University Press
Deaths. (1924, July 29). The Straits Times, page 8
The Long Service Medal. (1922, May 19). The Singapore Free Press, page 7
The King's Birthday. (1922, June 5). The Singapore Free Press, page 6
Untitled. (1947, October 9). The Singapore Free Press, page 5

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