Dear A.S.S. Editor
The platoon mates of 3SG Gavin Chan Hiang Cheng, who tragically died in a training mishap in Australia during Exercise Wallaby, are all back in Singapore. It is understood that the annual drill has been completed, allowing the servicemen to return and pay their respects.
Arrangements are also being made for the others who remain in Australia for the exercise to fly back to Singapore as well. Third Sergeant Chan, 21, was guiding a Bionix Infantry Fighting Vehicle out of difficult terrain last Friday (Sept 15), when it landed on its side. The oldest of four siblings was found unconscious next to the vehicle, while the driver and two other passengers travelling in the vehicle were unhurt. 3SG Chan was subsequently pronounced dead at an Australian hospital.
His father has indicated that he wanted to tell the three other servicemen involved in the accident that his family is doing okay, and that they should move on from the accident, as life goes on. He added that his son was a role model to his younger siblings, and a helpful man who used to raise funds for organisations such as the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
3SG Chan will be accorded the honours of a military funeral, and the cremation ceremony will be held at Mandai Crematorium on Saturday.