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PLY/X3717   Marine Samuel George Duncan
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 08/01/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: HMS Repulse, Royal Marines (British Navy)
Died: 19/07/1943 (Prisoner of War)
Age: 20
Summary      
Samuel George Duncan was son of Samuel and Lucy Duncan. He was born about 1923. The family lived at Soarn Cottage Stewartstown, County Tyrone. In WW2, Samuel Duncan served with the Royal Marines on board H.M.S. Repulse. In December 1941 HMS Repulse was attacked and sunk. In total, nearly 1,000 survivors of Repulse were rescued, including Marine Samuel George Duncan. However, some of those survivors would later be captured and Marine Duncan was subsequently taken prisoner. Marine Samuel George Duncan died as a prisoner of war at Konyu Camp on 19th July 1943.
Further Information
Samuel George Duncan was son of Samuel and Lucy Duncan. He was born about 1923.
Known family: Samuel Duncan, Lucy Duncan, Samuel George Duncan (born about 1923).
The family lived at Soarn Cottage Stewartstown, County Tyrone.
In World War Two, Samuel Duncan served with the Royal Marines on board H.M.S. Repulse.
HMS Repulse
HMS Repulse pre-war
On 8th December 1941, shortly after the outbreak of war with Japan, HMS Repulse together with HMS Prince of Wales left Singapore in an attempt to intercept a Japanese invasion convoy heading for Malaya.
After no such invasion force was found, ‘Force Z’ turned south only to be attacked by 86 Japanese torpedo bombers on 10th December 1941.
HMS Repulse evaded 14 torpedoes but received five direct hits, sinking within twenty minutes.
HMS Prince of Wales, a new battleship, was sunk in the same action less than an hour later by the same torpedo bombers with a loss of 513 of her crew.
In total, nearly 1,000 survivors of Repulse were rescued, including Marine Samuel George Duncan.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 7th February 1942:
Mrs Duncan, of Soran Cottage, Stewartstown, has been officially notified that her second son, George, Royal Marines, is amongst the survivors from H.M.S. Repulse, which was sunk off Malaya. His elder brother Jim is also in the Royal Navy.
However, some of those survivors would later be captured at Malaya and the Dutch East Indies when both were surrendered by the British three months later. Marine Duncan was subsequently taken prisoner by the Japanese.
Konyu POW Camp
Marine Samuel George Duncan died as a prisoner of war at Konyu Camp on 19th July 1943, aged 20.
Marine Samuel George Duncan is buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand. His inscription reads ‘PROUDLY HE SERVED, PROUDLY WE REMEMBER.’
Samuel George Duncan Grave Photo
Marine Samuel Duncan is also commemorated locally on Cookstown Cenotaph.
The CWGC record Marine S G Duncan as the son of Samuel and Lucy Duncan of Stewartstown, County Tyrone.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Soarn Cottage Stewartstown Parents lived at Soarn Cottage 54.611694 -6.682711
References and Links
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1 Konyu River camp Konyu River POW camps
2 Naval History - July 1943 DUNCAN, Samuel G, Marine, PLY/X 3717, (ex-Repulse), died as POW
3 Tribute to Samuel George Duncan Includes grave photo
4 Uboat.Net - HMS Repulse HMS Repulse ship information, including photo and wreck site.
5 Wikipedia - Sinking of Prince of Wales and Repulse Expansive description of the battle
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2020