Family, friends bid final farewell to national serviceman Dave Lee
Dave Lee's casket is carried into a hearse outside his Jurong East home ahead of his funeral at Mandai Crematorium on May 5, 2018. (Photo: Tang See Kit)
SINGAPORE: More than one hundred family members, friends and servicemen turned up on Saturday (May 5) afternoon to pay their last respects to full-time national serviceman (NSF) Dave Lee, who died after suffering from heat injuries.The mood at the wake in Jurong East was sombre, with some relatives seen sobbing.
military funeral. His cortege will leave the wake at 1.30pm for Mandai Crematorium."We will honour Dave’s memory and service, and give him a dignified send-off,” said Army Chief Brigadier-General (BG) Goh Si Hou in a letter sent to fellow soldiers on Thursday. “It is the least we can do.”
died on Monday at Changi General Hospital, almost two weeks after he was hospitalised with “signs of heat injury” upon completing an 8km fast march on the morning of Apr 18. He enlisted for National Service four months ago.The former Jurong Junior College student, described by his mother as a “very good boy”, was posthumously promoted from private to Corporal First Class (CFC).The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said on Wednesday that a Committee of Inquiry (COI), chaired by a senior official from the Ministry of Education (MOE), has been convened to investigate the incident. COIs are convened for all training-related deaths.The police will also conduct investigations independently and a coroner's inquiry may be held depending on the outcome. In the letter sent to SAF soldiers, BG Goh reassured that the army will conduct “thorough investigations” to ascertain the facts behind the death of the youth. “We will ask honest questions of ourselves,” he said.