Singapore is quite close enough to South Johore in the Federation of Malaya......an area still?
W.A. men look in shop windows.
W.A. Walking over bridge to shopping area.
M.S., C.U. of river boats, Sampans in Singapore river.
W.A. Men walk towards legislative building.
C.U. North Bridge Road, Christmas shopping signs. Various goods on road side.
M.S. Men arrive in trishaws at NAAFI Brittania Club.
C.U. Identifier shot of Club, known as the 'Brick' club to many.
M.S. More men arrive at club in trishaws.
C.U. Men bargaining over fare with trishaw rider.
C.U. Trishaw rider.
M.S. Entering club.
W.A. Enjoying well-carned cup of tea in club.
C.U. Presents are looked at.
C.U. Two S.W.B. Men drinking tea.
M.S. Trying dressing gown.
M.S. Leaving club.
M.S. Men await to leave in truck, and latecomer just gets on as truck moves off the camp.
The Britannia Club is an Other Ranks Club opposite international known Raffles Hotel and is complete with its own full size swimming pool and dance floor. Prices there are at NAAFI rates.
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Background: Singapore is quite close enough to South Johore in the Federation of Malaya......an area still troubled at times by communist terrorists.... for a patrol to complete an operation, return to barracks on the island (a distance of about twenty five or thirty miles) and go shopping the same afternoon in Singapore city.... having changed, of course into clean kit.
And Singapore had everything a man would wish to buy. Perhaps the most famous little street in South East Asia is Change Alley....Petticoat Lane of the East but open every day in the week.........and a natural first stopping place for soldier out shopping for Christmas presents for parents or girl friend at home.
Change Alley has everything, nylon stockings and undies, the very last thing in tool kits, toys, fishing rods, shoes, cameras, watches, fruit, dark glasses, pocket wallets, ladies handbags, ivories, brocades and a host of other articles rarely seen on the English market.......and it runs from Collyer Quay.....again a natural stopping place for army vehicles running through Singapore.......to Raffles Square, heart of the city with its huge English style stores and always overcrowded car park.
Its only a step from Raffles Square over the river by the footbridge with a pause to scan the serried ranks of sampans home of so many families, it High Street and North Bridge Road with its Indian piece goods shops and from there, with just enough cash left for a trishaw ride back to the Britannia Club for a cup of coffee and a comparison with the rest of the boys of presents bought before the truck calls on its way back to take them out to the barracks again.