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Reginald William Cottle
Chief Petty Officer

Service no. D JX 137349


Reginald William Cottle (click to enlarge in a new window)


Reginald William Cottle was born in West Pennard, Somerset on 18th October 1916 and, after a spell at TS Mercury on the River Hamble near Southampton, joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Seaman 2nd Class on 5th July 1932. He served on board HM ships Malaya (1933-34), Diamond (1934), Whitehall (1934-36) and Royal Oak (1937) before joining HMS Repulse as a Leading Seaman (Torpedoman) on 3rd January 1939 advancing to Petty Officer on 7th March 1940. He survived the sinking of the Repulse and was taken prisoner by the Japanese. Although he never talked about his experiences as a PoW, the postcards that he was able to send home to his parents indicate that he was interned in Palambang, Sumatra where he was probably put to work on the Pakan Baroe Railway. He returned home in January 1946, was promoted to Chief Petty Officer four months later and left the RN in December of that year. He then went to work in the family butchery business with his father and sister in Somerton, Somerset. He married Phillis Mary Glass in September 1950 and they had three children. He passed away on 5th March 1975 aged 59. Nigel Cottle (son).