I would like to give you some information about a crew member on HMS Repulse. John Lythgoe, O SIG, D SSX 32464. Son of John and Annie Lythgoe of 10 Cedar Avenue, Lowton, Warrington. Brother of Tom and Anne Amelia ( Milly ) who still lives at this address aged 83. In his early teens he worked at Vulcan Foundry around age 15/16. He went on to enlist in the Army but his father had to ask for his release because he was underage. He then went on to join the Royal Navy. He served at first on HMS The Prince Of Wales and then Repulse. He survived the sinking of Repulse which sank in 1941, but later died on HMS Grasshopper on 14th February 1942.
I will update as soon as possible as there are photographs which exist.
HMS Grasshopper, an
"Insect" class river gunboat with a ship's company of 74, left Singapore on 12 Feb 1942 prior to the imminent arrival of the Japanese invaders.
GRASSHOPPER - a river gunboat built by Thorneycroft, launched 19 Jan. 1939
585 tons 197' x 33' armed 2 x 4in.
Kelly Waterworth, Granddaughter of Milly.
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In Memory of
H.M.S. Grasshopper, Royal Navy
who died on
Saturday 14 February 1942 . Age 20 .
Additional Information: Son of John and Annie Lythgoe, of Lowton, Lancashire.
Cemetery: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL Devon, United Kingdom
Grave or Reference Panel Number: Panel 68, Column 1.