died when HMS Repulse was sunk.
My mother had cousins on both these ships. Thomas Henry Cleaves died on
Repulse and his bother Samuel Cleaves survived the sinking of Prince of
Wales. They were brothers and my mother remembers the day when the family were sat around just starting the Sunday Dinner when the sinkings were announced on the radio.. A few years ago I took her to the Navy Memorial at Plymouth which she found very emotional (She lived with the family) Both my sons have served in the Navy and I would just like to thank you for making it easier to gather information for me to pass on to my mother.
They were brothers who went down within sight if each other or so I believe.
I have shown the memorial listing of Tommy Cleaves to my mother and she was very pleased that someone like your association have taken the time and trouble to remember these men.
contact Andy (webmaster) with any information.
Information provided by
Bob Turner (Second Cousin) and CWGC.
War Graves Commission record:
Name: CLEAVES, THOMAS HENRY
Initials: T H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Able Seaman
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit Text: H.M.S. Repulse
Date of Death: 10/12/1941
Service No: D/JX 172552
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 46, Column 3.
Memorial: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL