To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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Able Seaman

John Taylor


1902 - 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 a previous attack by Japanese Japanese aircraft, the gunboat’s speed had been restricted and lost contact with the HMS Dragonfly and HMS Grasshopper.

1942/02/14 - 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.


Japanese PoW

Transported by sea from Muntok to Palembang.



Aged 40

3rd April 1942

Died and buried at sea while while being transported from Muntok to Palembang.


Loved Ones

Son of William and Mary Taylor

Husband of Florence Matilda Taylor, of Stoke, Devonport

John also left a nine-year-old daughter behind in England who he sadly never saw again. His daughter went on to marry. John has got three granddaughters, ten great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. 



Plymouth Naval Memorial-2tn

Panel 66, Column 3.




‘Singapore’s Dunkirk’ by Geoffrey Brooke

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Keith Andrews

KEW:- ADM358/4222


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