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Stanley Williams


H.M.S. Prince of Wales

Royal Marines



Pictured with Robert William Charles Brown

Robert left - Stanley right

Both were Marines on H.M.S Prince of Wales which docked at Singapore 2nd December 1941.

Japanese troop ships were sighted on the 6th December and Force Z, which comprised of Prince of Wales (flag ship), the battle cruiser Repulse, and the destroyers Electra, Express, Tenedos and HMAS Vampire. set out from Singapore to intercept the Japanese fleet at Kota Bharu.  Force Z was spotted on the 9th December by a Japanese submarine and Force Z was attacked on the 10th December by Japanese Planes.


Force Z under attack on the 10th December

 With no air cover, it was a lost battle and both the Repulse and Prince of Wales were sunk.

Survivors were rescued and taken back to Singapore. Vice-Admiral Phillips and Captain Leach were among the 327 fatalities on the HMS Prince of Wales.

 Both Stanley and Robert were among those rescued and taken to Singapore.

Under Captain R.G.S. Lang they were formed into a Naval Battalion, the Plymouth Argylls. They defended the  Kranji Wireless Station, then Tyersall Park, Singapore.



Aged 18


Lost at sea in the Bangka Strait with Cpl Robert McKillen of HMS Repulse aboard 'Elizabeth' which left Singapore before the fall of Singapore (1942/02/14) and was sunk by Japanese fire.

List of others aboard ‘Elizabeth’:-

Lieutenant R C Beckwith, RN

 Lieutenant E J Kempson, RNVR

Sub-Lieutenant J E Evans, MRNVR

Engine Room Artificer 4th Class (ERA4),  A Hollingshead

Corporal R McKillen

Marine S Williams


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Son of William Henry and Elizabeth Williams, of Leasowe, Moreton, Cheshire



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