19-year-old NSF dies after heat injury


A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Full-time National Serviceman, Private (PTE) Lee Han Xuan Dave, 19, a Guardsman from the 1st Battalion Singapore Guards, was found to display signs of heat injury at about 8.35am on 18 Apr 2018. PTE Lee had just completed an 8km fast march in Bedok Camp.

An SAF medic attended to PTE Lee immediately to bring down his core temperature. PTE Lee was evacuated to the camp’s Medical Centre where body cooling measures and treatment were continued by the SAF medical team. At 9.50am, PTE Lee arrived at Changi General Hospital (CGH), where he was warded in the Intensive Care Unit since 18 Apr 2018. Unfortunately, PTE Lee’s condition did not improve in the ICU and worsened during the hospitalisation. PTE Lee was pronounced dead at 5.32pm on 30 Apr 2018 at CGH.

The Ministry of Defence and the SAF extend their deepest condolences to the family of the late serviceman and are assisting the family in this time of grief.


  1. Why such incident must happen again and again! We NSmen do this because we are forced to do it by the national service act! We do not have a choice and there are young men who do not have the aptitude for military service. On top of that we have trainers who should not be in the position of leadership and I have encountered in my NS sadistic and unreasonable punishment that resulted in soldiers have stress fracture and heat exhaustion. Please stop this lip service that the nation values NSmen and do something about abuse by specialists and officers!

  2. They trained to defend our country. We will never know when the next WAR will begin. I will like to say that this kid is one of those who said ‘never give up’. Dead or Alive is in God’s hands. We should pray for him rather than blaming others. Or the very least we can do for the late and his family is not to circulate further. Thanks for understanding.

  3. How to survive in NS? Complain every single thing that you can find as long it makes sense, knowing senior officers well, don’t act big by doing something that really beyond your ability, ignore those that not worthy for your help, take care of yourself and just go to MO regardless of how minor your injuries and illnesses are.

  4. To protect our country who protect our kids? I agreed to service NS to protect our country I disagree IPPT which is not useful today , now war from other far 300 milestone still can fire us, so run for what???? Better but most good weapons , NS man can have jogging every 2 week one to keep fix not force to run for the result end up more poor result,

  5. RIP. It was only 8km, very seldom one can get dehydrated. This days they are super kiasu. How it can happen? I suspect the Body Vest used today is hopeless. It looks impressive but drain the soldiers. Waste of money and young lives.