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Lim Bo Seng

Soldier / World War II Figure

Born: 27 April 1909
Died: 29 June 1944 (while a prisoner of war)
Birthplace: Nan Ann, China
Best known as: Patriotic WWII hero of Singapore
Lim Bo Seng is a national hero in Singapore for his resistance to Japanese forces during World War II. A native Chinese who moved to Singapore as a child, Lim led efforts to raise funds to help China fight Japanese invasion in the late 1930s. When the Japanese captured Singapore, Lim escaped to India and joined Force 136, a group of resistance fighters organized by the British. He was captured after infiltrating Japanese territory in 1944; despite punishment and torture, he refused to reveal the names of other resistance fighters. He died in captivity, becoming a martyr to the cause of Singapore.
Extra credit: Other famous Singaporeans include prime ministers Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong and hospital builder Tan Tock Seng.

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