James died when HMS Repulse sank.
My uncle was James Maclean Mackenzie, Able Seaman D/JX 169450 from Polbain in Scotland. This is the only picture we have of him and another of him with the company training in Skegness. We also have letters that he sent home from the ship to his mother and having watched the timewatch programme we can put history together to work out where he was when he wrote them. We also have a Brooch/tiepin of the ship that he sent his mother (see above). My mother who is still alive was 13 yrs old and visiting a neighbour when she heard the announcement on the radio that the ship had sunk. She had to decide whether to go home and tell her mother. They lived in a remote croft in the far north of Scotland. We still have the telegram and letter from Captain Tennant but would be interested to know if anybody remembers him or was with him at the end.
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Commonwealth War Graves Commission record:
JAMES MACLEAN MACKENZIE
Able Seaman, D/JX 169450,
Additional Information: Age 22. Son of Angus and Morag Mackenzie, of Polbain, Ross and Cromarty.
Memorial: Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 47, Column 3.