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Horace 'Tubby' Abrahams

Lieutenant RNVR


Horace 'Tubby' Abrahams, a London cockney who was a Lieutenant RNVR (Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, also known as the 'Wavy Navy' because of the wavy braid of the stripes of rank on their sleeves) was a survivor of the battle cruiser HMS Repulse, which was sunk on December 10, 1941, along with the battleship HMS Prince of Wales, off the Malayan Peninsular by Japanese Navy torpedo bombers. He was rescued, escaped to Indonesia, and then left the Royal Navy to become a war correspondent covering the European War, following British General Bernard Law Montgomery, later Field Marshal and Viscount, who defeated General Erwin Rommel, the 'Desert Fox' of the German Wehrmacht, at el Alamein in Northern Africa. In Tokyo, Tubby headed the Keystone photographic agency and was the best storyteller I have ever known. He always had a vast stock of hilariously risqué stories. That role has now been inherited most admirably by our very own Ernie Salomon, who celebrated his 80th just recently.


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