HMS Repulse – 10 December 1941

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14 men from Northern Ireland were amongst the 436 who died when HMS REPULSE was sunk as part of Force Z in the defence of Singapore on 10/12/1941. Others were to die whilst prisoners of war of Japan.

For account of action and ship, CLICK HERE – remembrance ni – Force Z, Repulse 10-12-1941.



+BELL, James
RN. Able Seaman. SSX32827 . HMS Repulse. Reported missing, presumed killed, 16/02/1942, evacuation of Singapore. Son of John and Helen  Bell, 171 Mill Street, Hilden, Antrim. Family notices in the  Lisburn Herald  17/02/1951, Roll of Honour and 16/02/1952 in Memoriam. Plymouth War Memorial, Panel  101, Column 1. Lisburn WM

BURNS, Thomas
Petty Officer. In HMS Repulse when it was sunk together with HMS Prince of Wales 10/12/1941. He was up the mast sending out the message that the ship was sinking. On his way home after the sinking he encountered another Londonderry sailor in Bombay. Alexi Moore was on his way to Burma. Married Margery Elaine nee Struthers who pre-deceased him. Brother of Margaret, Billy, Herbert, George, Jim and Iris. A supporter of Waterside RBL Branch. Died aged 93, 13/04/2013. Buried Altnagelvin Cemetery. Report in Londonderry Sentinel 18/05/2013.

+CLARK, James
RM. Marine. PLY/X 3138. Died 10/12/1941. HMS Repulse. Age 19. Son of Robert and Mary Clarke, Larne. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 59, Column 2

+DUFFIN, Patrick
RN. Petty Officer Stoker. D/KX 77364. Date of Death: 10/12/1941. Age:38. HMS Repulse. Son of Richard and Annie Duffin, Ballycastle. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 51

+DUNCAN, Samuel George
RM. Marine, PLY/X3717, Royal Marines. Died 19/07/1943 as a Prisoner of War at Konue Camp. In HMS Repulse, he survived her sinking on 10/12/1941. Although he was rescued, Marine Duncan was subsequently taken prisoner and died as a prisoner of war at Konue Camp. Son of Samuel and Lucy Duncan, Soarn Cottage, Stewartstown. Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand.

+GIRVAN, Edward John
RN. Stoker 1st Class. D/KX 93500. Date of Death: 10/12/1941. Age: 23. H.M.S. Repulse. Son of Samuel and Hessie Girvan, Ballynure. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 47

+GORDON, Reginald
RN. Able Seaman. D/JX 206089. Date of Death:10/12/1941. Age:19. HMS Repulse. Father was serving in the army. Son of Thomas and Katie Gordon, Carnmoney. Brother of Jean Gordon McClean. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 47. RN. Carnmoney Parish Church WM

+HALL, Albert
RN. Boy 1st Class. D/JX 171073. Date of Death: 10/12/1941. Age:17. H.M.S. Repulse. Son of Thomas and Agnes Hall, Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 49

+HARRISON, Samuel Kane
RN. Able Seaman. D/SSX 26055. Date of Death:10/12/1941. Age:20. H.M.S. Repulse. Son of Henry and Dora Harrison, Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 47

RN. Gunner. HMS Repulse. Survived sinking. Served 1939 – 1964. Son of Albert and Mary-Jane, Ballydown, Banbridge. Born 06/01/1924. After service he became caretaker of Abercorn Primay School. Member of Banbridge RBL. Died aged 91. Resided at Riley St., Banbridge. He was survived by daughters Janet Toman and Linda Finnigan, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, plus brothers Isaac and Jim, and sisters Nora and Vivian. His wife Margaret predeceased him. Buried Ballydown Presbyterian Churchyard. Saturday, 11 April 2015

+KERR, Hugh
RN. AB. D/JX 184760. Date of Death: 10/12/1941. Age 23. HMS Repulse. Son of Gordon and Sarah Kerr, Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 47, Column 3

McCALL, James A
RN. Telegraphist. Enlisted January 1940. HMS Prince of Wales. Malta. Aboard ship which took Winston Churchill to meet President Rooseveldt off Newfoundland. In Repulse – Scapa Flow to Ceylon and Singapore with four destroyers. In HMS Sultan on lead up to evacuation and fall of Singapore on Friday 13/02/1942. Then in HMS Kuala which was sunk by Japanese aircraft. 200 of 300 on board killed including women, children and nurses. Machine gun fire. Eventually became Japanese POW. One of 1,000 taken. Made to work on the notorious Burma ‘Death Railway’, where thousands of allied soldiers were starved and worked to death by the Japanese. The Thailand–Burma Railway was a 415 kilometres (258 mile) railway between Bangkok, Thailand, and Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar), built by the Japanese Empire during World War II, to support its forces in the Burma campaign. Eventually brought to Saigon. From Mossley.

+McSTRAVICK, Patrick John
RN.Leading Seaman. D/JX 150233. Force Z. Date of Death: 10/12/1941. Age 21. H.M.S. Repulse. Son of Henry and Mary McStravick, Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 46, Column 1.

+MEGAHEY, Joseph
RN. Able Seaman. D/SSX 25810. Date of Death: 10/12/1941. Age: 21. H.M.S. Repulse. Son of Mrs. M. Megahey, Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 47, Column 3

NEVIN, Ernest Lawrence
RN.J99864. Born Belfast, 24/04/1903. Was a shirt cutter by trade before enlisting as a Boy Seaman , 24/04/1921. Served in battle cruiser HMS Tiger in 1921;  HMS Hood in 1925 and aboard light cruiser HMS Capetown in 1927.  Battleship HMS Rodney in 1930; heavy cruiser Dorsetshire 1933; Londonderry 1933; battleship HMS Revenge 1938; joined Repulse 1939 until her sinking.  He served at shore establishments until 1944.  the last recorded is HMS Defiance. Interwar record ADM 188/846/99864. 1930 to 1944 record ADM/363/396/117.

RN. Able Seaman. D/SSX 27465. H.M.S. Repulse. Died 10/12 /1941 . Age:30. Son of John and M. Robinson, Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 48

+SMITH, William
RN. Petty Officer, D/JX 151875. Died 29/12/1941. Aged 28. HMS Repulse. Husband to Mary Smith, Bushmills. Son of Alexander and Sarah Smith, Bushmills. Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore.

+WILLIAMSON, George Alexander
RN. Leading Stoker. D/KX 94611. Date of Death: 10/12/1941. Age: 22. HMS Repulse. Son of George and Annie Williamson, Carnmoney. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 52. Church of the Evangelists, Carnmoney WM


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