200 soldiers attend funeral of newly-married 3rd Warrant Officer who died in accident

Newly-married Warrant Officer Yeo Kai Meng, who was given a military funeral, died in a motorcycle accident on July 12.
Newly-married Warrant Officer Yeo Kai Meng, who was given a military funeral, died in a motorcycle accident on July 12.PHOTO: WANBAO
Newly married Warrant Officer Yeo Kai Meng, who was given a military funeral, died in a motorcycle accident on July 12.
Newly married Warrant Officer Yeo Kai Meng, who was given a military funeral, died in a motorcycle accident on July 12.PHOTO: WANBAO
Some 200 soldiers, including many commandos, gathered to pay their last respects to 3rd Warrant Officer Yeo Kai Meng on Thursday morning.
Some 200 soldiers, including many commandos, gathered to pay their last respects to 3rd Warrant Officer Yeo Kai Meng on Thursday morning.PHOTO: WANBAO
Mr Yeo's widow (in black), accompanied by his sisters, at the funeral on July 16, 2015.
Mr Yeo's widow (in black), accompanied by his sisters, at the funeral on July 16, 2015.PHOTO: WANBAO

SINGAPORE - Some 200 soldiers, including many commandos, gathered to pay their last respects to 3rd Warrant Officer Yeo Kai Meng on Thursday morning. The newly-married 33-year-old, who was given a military funeral, died in a motorcycle accident on July 12.

According to Chinese evening newspaper Wanbao, Mr Yeo had been married for only seven months before the accident. He had met his wife, a Thai national, while he was on holiday in Thailand.

A cousin of the deceased, Mr Yang Jun Xian, 32, told Wanbao, "We are still not sure how the accident occurred, we only know that he suffered internal injuries.

"We hope that any eyewitness who was at the scene will step forward to the police."

The fatal accident occurred along Bukit Timah Road near Balmoral Road on early Sunday morning. No other vehicle was involved in the accident.

Mr Yeo, who was a commando, was the youngest child in the family and the only son. His cousin also said that Mr Yeo had joined the army after secondary school and worked hard to rise in the ranks.

At the funeral, Mr Yeo's wife was presented with the state flag as well as insignias which were accorded to the 3rd Warrant Officer.

The Straits Times understands that military funerals can be granted to regulars in the Singapore Armed Forces.

Eyewitnesses can call the Traffic Police hotline on 6547-0000.