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Offline J11

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Singapore: Merchant Seaman's records.
« on: Saturday 06 October 18 20:36 BST (UK) »
I have a Raymond Hugo Clibborn b.1910 Hull (1st Mate, March 1931 London No 30717) who left the UK as crew on the Memnon on the 13th January 1934 for the Far East.  On his 1939 questionnaire, when he volunteered for the Royal Naval Reserves at the outbreak of war, he states "Master, July 1935, Singapore, no 603", gives his address as c/o The Straits Merchant Service Guild, Colyn Quay, Singapore which I believe was a sort of club and says that he speaks Malay.  I have some of his earlier merchant seaman records from Findmypast.  I also have the Royal Naval records for the fifteen months he was a temporary lieutenant in the RNR in Singapore in 1939/40.  Does anyone know where I can find merchant naval records for Singapore between 1934 and 1939?

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Re: Singapore: Merchant Seaman's records.
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 15 January 19 20:41 GMT (UK) »
Hi J11
I am working along similar lines with my father in law being in Singapore  in WW2.  He escaped.  i am not sure  he was merchant or roayl navy at the time - if i find anything i shall let you know
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Deavin London and France

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Re: Singapore: Merchant Seaman's records.
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 17 January 19 19:31 GMT (UK) »
Thanks.  If you post all you know about your father in law on the WW2 board, someone should be able to dig up merchant or Royal Naval records for him.  The people on there are incredibly knowledgeable.

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Re: Singapore: Merchant Seaman's records.
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 17 January 19 21:44 GMT (UK) »
Thanks for the suggestion!  Been there and did that some years back and the people there were very helpful.  Still have a few holes though!
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Re: Singapore: Merchant Seaman's records.
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 17 January 19 23:51 GMT (UK) »
I have a Raymond Hugo Clibborn b.1910 Hull .......  Does anyone know where I can find merchant naval records for Singapore between 1934 and 1939?

Have you tried the National Archives of Singapore?  They are very good at responding to emails and suggesting research avenues.  Here is their web site:  http://www.nas.gov.sg/

by the way i believe it to be Collyer Quay
Good luck!
Stringer Glasgow & Ireland,
Dobell, Bridgeman, London
Deavin London and France