HMS Prince of Wales
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Aug. 20, 2022

I have been trying to find a list of the survivors of the Prince of Wales. My Father was on this ship when she was sunk in December of 1941. His name was Horace Leslie Court, who passed away in August 2003. I have tried to get his Navel Records but with no avail. I wonder if you can help in any way.

Your faithfully,
Les Court
Reply 1
Aug. 24, 2022

There was a Painter 3rd Class Horace L. Court, D/MX 54219 on the list I have.

Michael W. Pocock
May 26, 2022

I am hoping you can help with an update to the list of names of those who survived the sinking of the Prince of Wales on 10th Dec 1941. My Uncle, Stanley Williams, was on the POW and his war record shows he survived the sinking, sadly only to be killed on 7th Dec 1942 on HMS Cleopatra. For some reason, his name was never recorded as being a survivor. He was a second class stoker, Stanley Williams KX 84135. Maybe you can help or point me in the right direction?  It seems many associations have now stopped working online. Your help is much appreciated.

Trevor Bedford
Nov. 16, 2020

My late fathers cousin (who was raised in some part my grandmother) was lost on the 10th December 1941 aged 19. He was Marine Stanley Jones PLY/X 100181. I have only recently discovered that I was named after him and I am looking for as much information about him as possible and a photograph. None of my remaining family have any information whatsoever and I would appreciate any information or guidance you could give me.

Kind regards,
Stan Hughes

Dec. 30, 2018

I'm researching my wife's family history, and her father was on the Prince of Wales when it was sunk. He was lucky and survived, but suffered as a POW. He was a real gent and an inspiration to all who knew him. In his later years the support from the marine family was excellent, including the wife of his CO who we were fortunate to meet. In compiling a scrapbook I'm searching for a picture of the ship's company. I found an old photograph that dates from 1941 (I believe) that showed the ship's company on deck at the time. He did point to where he stood but we can't identify him on the image we have. Sadly the image was disintegrating but I salvaged what I could. Are you aware of any pictures of the ship's company please - I can't find anything relevant at all on the internet. Any advice as to where to look or potential contacts will be most welcome please. With thanks and best wishes for 2019.

Stan Webb

Feb. 22, 2018

I have been able to discover that my grandad, Thomas (Gallie) Graham, was interred at Palembang camp. I would be very keen to discover where he was, or maybe one of the schools? Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Miss Michelle Graham

Aug. 27, 2017

My Grandfather served on the HMS Prince of Wales during the WWII. His name was William Henry George Mockridge and he was a Chief Petty Officer. However although he was a survivor in the sinking, his name does not appear on the roll call. He also served time on HMS Hood before transferring to the Prince of Wales.

Yours sincerely,
Jane Whitehead

Feb. 21, 2017

I would like to notify you of the passing of my father Leonard Stevenson on February 13th 2017 aged 96. His funeral will be held at Dundee Crematorium on February 23rd at 10:30. He served on HMS Prince of Wales as an ERA and survived the sinking in the South China Seas. He was rescued and continued to serve in the Royal navy becoming Chief Petty Officer and then after the war in the Merchant Navy.

Thank you,
Gary Stevenson

Aug. 24, 2016

My research into my grandfather AB D J44626 Frederick Bentley led me here. He was a survivor on the Prince of Wales. The research into his whole naval career from 'Boy 2' in 1916 to AB on discharge in 1945 is almost complete. However, there is one gaping 'hole' in his naval records. According to the entries he is shown as joining the company of HMS Lucia on the very same day the Prince of Wales was sunk. Clearly  that entry was made retrospectively as it would have been impossible to keep contemporaneous records owing to the chaos of over 2,000 survivors from the Prince of Wales and the Repulse arriving in Singapore on 10th/11th December 1941. What is strange is that his record showed he remained on the Lucia for the remainder of the war until he was pensioned off in 1945. If there is anyone who can shed any light on this "mystery" I would be most grateful for any information.

Thank you,
Stephen Bentley

Dec. 12, 2015

Can anyone provide any information please of my father John Rothwell able seaman survivor of Prince of Wales?

Maurice Redding

Oct. 15, 2015

My father, J. V. O'Shaughnessy passed away 14/10/15 ply x 2593 must be last survivour of HMS rince of Wales and HMS Grasshopper. He escaped from Singapore with his men and made it to safety and survived war lived to 96 and 10 months, well done what a survivour.

Alan O'Shaughnessy

Sept. 9, 2015

I was wondering if anyone can give me any information on my grandfather, PO William J. Sparks, survivor on HMS Prince of Wales, but ended up Japanese PoW. Trying to find particularly which camp he ended up in. He survived and finished his Royal Navy service in 1950. He was also on the Exeter in the Battle of the River Plate.

Thank you,
Andrew Cable

Sept. 5, 2015

My father, J. V. O'Shaughnessy, (PLY X2593) will be 97 this year. We wonder if he is the last survivor from HMS Prince of Wales marine detachment? He joined the Plymouth Argyles and then escaped from Singapore on HMS Grasshopper then made his way to Colombo and survived. Are there any others left?

Alan O'Shaughnessy

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