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William Rowland
Stoker First Class


I have been told that my 2nd cousin served on HMS Repulse, his name was William Rowland, he was a Stoker 1st class.

Can any one tell me how I can confirm this?

He died on 16/2/1942 and is remembered on the Plymouth naval memorial.

It is possible that William survived the sinking of HMS Repulse, was transferred to HMS Sultan the Singapore Naval base, then on to HMML 1062, which was sunk on 16th February 1942, the day that Singapore fell to the Japanese.

I can find no records of a "HMML 1062" anywhere, it is only mentioned in the records from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
HMML probably means "His Majesty's Mine Layer"  and the number is possibly an Admiralty designation number, I can't find a ships name to go with this designation - Webmaster.

Please contact Andy (webmaster) with any information.

B Ellis

Andy Wade (Webmaster)

Information provided by
B Ellis

Commonwealth War Graves Commission record:

Stoker 1st Class
D/KX 116122
H.M.M.L. 1062, Royal Navy
who died on
Monday 16 February 1942 . Age 21 . 
Additional Information: Son of Arthur and Elize Ella Rowland, of Miles Platting, Manchester. 
Cemetery: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL Devon, United Kingdom 
Grave or Reference Panel Number: Panel 70, Column 2.