The Adam Park Project

Straits Settlement Police Belt Buckle p.214

Item Information:

Catalogue Number: 18/19/009 Source: TAPP Archaeology Surveys Location: No.18 Adam Park Report No: Report No.4 Artifact Type: Buckles Production Date: 0010-02-27 00:00:00 Dimensions of Item: 47mm in diameter and has an internal belt measurement of 45mm, a width of 20mm and external length of 57mm. Copyright with The Adam Park Project

Other Description:

As the General Service cap badge (18/19/10) was being excavated a second item of great significance was revealed. Lying at a depth of 7cm and no more than a meter from the cap badge, a belt buckle was revealed. This was also in an amazing state of repair and was soon identified as a dress buckle for the Straits Settlements’ Police Force. There were no markings on the reverse of the buckle

Historic Context:

The loss of both a General Service Cap Badge and a Straits Settlement Police Belt Buckle in close proximity suggests the two items are related. It is possible that such insignia have been deliberately discarded to ensure the owner cannot be linked to the British Authorities and possibly held to account by the Japanese.

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