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I have recently been trying to find out information regarding my uncle
who was a Marine that served on the Prince of Wales and was reported missing in action during the occupation of Singapore.
During my search I have found these photographs (above) which I thought may be of interest.
The group photo I believe to be of the Marines that my uncle served with. His name was Norman Lightfoot, he is on the back row second from the left, unfortunately I have no information on any of the others.
Hope this is of interest.
My Uncle, Norman Lightfoot was born 29 June 1921 so would have been 20 when he was lost. His parents were Robert and Catherine Lightfoot and he had a sister
Marina. He lived in Darwen, Lancashire. I believe that he was a gunner but cannot confirm this.
|I have quite a number of letters that he sent home during his time on the Prince of Wales and have attached a copy of the one dated 5 December 1941. As you can appreciate due to its age it is a little faded and worn by time, but you can get all the details if you zoom on it.|
|Also I have attached a letter which my Grandfather received in 1946 from a friend of Normans that I can only assume from the content of the letter that he served also on the POW.|
Information provided by
Commonwealth War Graves Commission record:
In Memory of
NORMAN ANTHONY LIGHTFOOT
H.M.S. Prince of Wales., Royal Marines
who died on
Monday 16 February 1942 .
Cemetery: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL. Devon, United Kingdom
Grave or Reference Panel Number: Panel 103. Column 1.