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Theodore Edward Murch

Shipwright Lieutenant

HMS Prince of Wales


My late Uncle, Theodore Edward Murch, was a Shipwright Lieutenant on board the ship at the time of its demise and I am pleased to say survived to live a long and happy life at Yelverton in Devon. Unfortunately, throughout the remainder of his life he would talk very little about his experience.

I have a copy of his Naval Record before he became an Officer. That appears to have taken place in 1923. I do remember that he used to speak affectionately about Admiral Sir Tom Phillips but I did not appreciate at that time that the Admiral had perished with the ship. He spoke of him as though he were still alive.

His son, Edward William Lionel Murch, was also serving on board the Prince of Wales but had left the ship at Singapore to return to Britain to be awarded his second ring, I understand. When the news of the sinking was received by the family here in Plymouth, there was much consternation because naturally they thought that both of them had been lost. I cannot imagine the relief when Teddy turned up in Plymouth and when his father, my Uncle Ted, arrived home safe and well in due course.

Brian Moseley
Plymouth UK


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