Plaque on the relica Gun
Google Earth view of replica gun

The replica 15-Inch Gun Emplacement seen on Google Earth.

Johore Battery Page 5

In 1975, work began to rebuild Changi Airbase into an international airport. This would replace Paya Lebar as Singapore’s International Airport, Paya Lebar not being considered as suitable for expansion for many reasons. Land reclamation required for the expansion, and building work would destroy visible remains of the gun batteries built by the British. In 1978, the No.3 Emplacement of the Johore Battery was demolished. There were now no visible signs of the Battery.

Demolition of the No.3 EmplacementDemolition of the No.3 Emplacement

Demolition of the No.3 EmplacementABOVE & LEFT: Demolition of the No.3 Emplacement.

Lloyd Lease, where Abingdon Road and Cosford Road RAF Married Quarters were, was demolished when the Singapore Prisons Service took over the area for an expansion of prison provision. In April 1991, whilst doing some area cleaning work, the No.1 Emplacement was partly uncovered. Further clearance was done and an investigation in to what exactly had been uncovered was launched. It was not long before it was realised that the site of the Johore Battery No.1 Gun had been uncovered. The magazine was flooded and was pumped out, explored, and photographed.

The No.1 Power houseLEFT: The No.1 Power House in the Magazine.

The Magazine was sealed once again, but its outline was created in concrete directly above it on the surface behind the gun well. A replica 15-Inch Gun was manufactured and placed where The No.1 Gun, on its Singapore Mounting once stood.

The new historical site was officially opened on 15th February 2002 as part of a programme commemorating the 60th anniversary of the fall of Singapore. The opening was witnessed by 200 returning POW and their families and friends.

Replica 15-Inch GunPlan of the Magazine
The replica Gun and a plan of the Magazine

Google eareth View
The Location of the Johore Battery Guns

Whilst the No.3 Emplacement has been destroyed, and the No.1 Emplacement still has its Magazine and a replica gun, what of the No.2 Emplacement?

The Trunnion Height (swivel point of the barrel) of the No.2 gun was 50 feet. The height of the ground where the gun once was, is a close match for the ground level of the gun. Comparing modern and period maps and photographs, would seem to indicate that the area has not been excavated in the manner of the area of the No.3 Gun. There is also a large ‘hump’ on the ground where the Gun was. Is this the Gun Well filled in and capped? If so, there is every reason to believe that the magazine is still there. It would be nice to be able to do a ground survey there and establish if there is anything still there.

Google Earth view showing Changi Gun Batteries
Where the Various Gun Batteries were in Changi