Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tan Kim Ching, Death 27 Feb 1895, Singapore

Straits Times Weekly Issue, 1 March 1892, Page 126

Death of Mr. Tan Kim Cheng.

At 9.30 p.m. of Saturday there died after a very short illness Mr. Tan Kim Cheng who for many years has held a high position in the community. Mr. Kim Cheng was born in Malacca and at the time of his death was sixty four years of age. His father Mr. Tan Tock Seng was a prominent man and will be long remembered as the founder of the Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Mr. Tan Kim Seng Cheng defrayed one third of the cost of the hospital. Mr. Kim Cheng came to Singapore at a very early age a number of years ago. He was appointed Consul for Siam and subsequently and special Commissioner for the Western Provinces. He was also a J.P. Mr. Kim Cheng has at various times been of considerable assistance to the Government; and for services rendered during the Perak War he received a special letter of thanks from Sir Andrew Clarke. During troubles in the Royal Family in Siam Mr. Kim Cheng accompanied Sir William Robinson to Bangkok and was instrumental in bringing the matters of dispute to a settlement. He also received the 3rd class order of the Rising Sun from the Mikado of Japan in acknowledgement of his part in the reception of Prince Komatsu in Singapore. He was a Municipal Commissioner for the first year following the passing of the Municipal Ordinance. Mr. Tan Kim Cheng had three sons who all predeceased him. He leaves numerous grandchildren. The remains of the deceased gentleman will be interred in his private cemetery in about a month.

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