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John William Taylor


1921 - Born

Royal Navy

HMS Scorpion




With Japan entering the war, the HMS Scorpion along with two other gunboats, the ‘Grasshopper’ and ‘Dragonfly’, sailed from Hong Kong to Singapore.

The Dragonfly and Scorpion helped rescue a brigade of 2000 men cut off at Batu Pahat.

1942/02/10 - The HMS Scorpion left Singapore for Batavia, commandered by Lieutenant Commander G.C. Ashworth, R.N.V.R.

Damaged by an attack by Japanese Japanese aircraft, the gunboat’s speed had been  restricted.

1942/02/13-14 - After covering about 70 mile to the South of Singapore, off Berhala Island in the Banka Straights, she was attacked and sunk by a Japanese destroyer at 1845 hours in position 01.25'S, 105.00'E.

The Japanese ships which attacked the Scorpion were the Japanese light cruiser ‘Yura’ and the Japanese destroyers ‘Fubuki’ and ‘Asagiri’ after being damaged by Japanese aircraft five days previously.. There were believed to be 20 survivors, although reports state 8 were picked up by the Japanese and 6 were picked up by the ‘Mata Hari’, making it a total of 14 survivors.



Aged 21

13th February 1942 (CWGC)


Loved Ones

Son of Alfred and Florence M. Taylor, of Ruislip Manor, Middlesex



Portsmouth Naval Memorial-tn

Panel 65, Column 1.




‘Singapore’s Dunkirk’ by Geoffrey Brooke

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

KEW:- No records found


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