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John Henry Clatworthy
Boy First Class


John Henry Clatworthy was my uncle who served aboard HMS Repulse. We know that he survived the sinking and subsequently made it to Singapore where he became attached to HMS Sultan. He died aged 17 on 16/2/42 in the escape from Singapore. If anybody knows anything about him, or simply has any form of background information which would be of interest, I would be very grateful to hear from you. 

I would especially like to take this opportunity to thank both Alan Matthews and Jon Moffat for their invaluable help in filling in some of the details. The information they gave was of great interest to John's surviving brother and sisters, who had come to believe that they would never know anything of what happened to him. 

Matthew Clatworthy


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Matthew Clatworthy

Commonwealth War Graves Commission record:

Nationality: United Kingdom 
Rank: Boy 1st Class 
Regiment: Royal Navy 
Unit Text: H.M.S. Repulse 
Age: 17 
Date of Death: 16/02/1942 
Service No: D/JX 166597 
Additional information: Son of Edwin and Muriel Clatworthy, of St. Thomas', Exeter. 
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead 
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 101. Column 3.