Tradegy: Major Kelly Killed At Buloh Kasap, Malaya ( 19th January 1941)

Bulok Kasap

Buloh Kasap, Malaya – Major Kelly killed – 19th Jan 1941

Des had great respect for Major Kelly. This painting depicts the crew of a quad tractor attempting to shift Major Kelly’s upturned vehicle at Buloh Kasap while being defended by artillery (25 pounder gun) and light arms cover.

‘Kelly J.E. (Major 464, Killed in Action, Buloh Kasp when armoured car turned over, 19/1/1942.’

Source: Lancashire Gunners at War – The 88th Field Regiment, 199 – 1945 by Stephen Bull, Pgs 144

“When, before the war, a Government official, now Lord Llewellyn, queried Major – General Dobbie about the complete absence of fortifications on the north coast of Singapore, though the east and the west and the south bristled with armaments, the General replied simply: ‘The north needs no fortification. No one could get through the jungle that leads to it’
Unfortunately, the Japanese were never informed of this fact!”
(Sir John Dill, May 6th, 1941)
Source: The Naked Island by Russell Braddon; 1955 edition Pan Books Ltd, Pg 284