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PLY/X3717   Marine Samuel George Duncan
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: HMS Repulse, Royal Marines (British Navy)
Died: 19/07/1943 (Prisoner of War)
Age: 20
Summary      
Marine S.G. Duncan was son of Samuel and Lucy Duncan, of Soarn Cottage Stewartstown, Co. Tyrone. HMS Repulse together with HMS Prince of Wales had left Singapore shortly after the outbreak of war with Japan on 8th December 1941 in an attempt to intercept a Japanese invasion convoy going towards Malaya. Marine Duncan was on board HMS Repulse and survived her sinking by Japanese war planes dropping torpedo’s on 10th December 1941. Although he was rescued, Marine Duncan was subsequently taken prisoner and died as a prisoner of war at Konue Camp
Further Information
Marine S.G. Duncan was son of Samuel and Lucy Duncan, of Soarn Cottage Stewartstown, Co. Tyrone.
HMS Repulse together with HMS Prince of Wales had left Singapore shortly after the outbreak of war with Japan on 8th December 1941 in an attempt to intercept a Japanese invasion convoy going towards Malaya.
After no such invasion no force was found ‘Force Z’ turned south only to be attacked by 86 Japanese torpedo bombers flying from Saigon.
HMS Repulse
HMS Repulse pre-war
Repulse evaded 14 Torpedo’s but received 5 direct hits sinking within 20 minutes.
HMS Electra and HMS Vampire both destroyers in Force Z rescued 385 of the crew, but 327 died.
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.
Marine Duncan was on board HMS Repulse and survived her sinking by Japanese war planes dropping torpedo’s on 10th December 1941.
Although he was rescued, Marine Duncan was subsequently taken prisoner and died as a prisoner of war at Konue Camp on 19th July 1943, aged 20.
Marine Duncan is buried at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand, grave, 8.M.3. He is also commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph
Samuel George Duncan Grave Photo
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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
No Link Reference Map Doc
1 Tribute to Samuel George Duncan Includes grave photo
2 Uboat.Net - HMS Repulse HMS Repulse ship information, including photo and wreck site.
3 Wikipedia - Sinking of Prince of Wales and Repulse Expansive description of the battle
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