By Matthew B. Wills
This publication tells the tale of John Leach, and analyses the impacts which formed him and lead him finally to his heroic finish. It strains his lifestyles from his time at Royal Naval collage Osborne and Britannia Royal Naval collage Dartmouth, and his courting along with his unswerving spouse, Evelyn.
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Brown have been in Singapore for over 4 months, yet he had skilled little touch with the Royal army until eventually the coming of Prince of Wales and Repulse. Brown speedy bought a excessive regard for either ships which he felt have been firstclass and he fairly cherished their captains. strangely, he had spent extra time with Leach than with Tennant. On Wednesday three December Brown with different correspondents have been given a journey of the Prince of Wales by means of Leach and several other days later he had had a protracted interview with him within which the Captain made a good influence at the American. Their final dialog used to be via the gangway of Prince of Wales within the overdue afternoon of Monday eight December. Brown’s simply inner most dialog with Captain Tennant came about at sea on nine December through the lull prior to the typhoon. At 0945 on nine December Lieutenant Halton of the Royal Marines used to be informed to convey Brown and Gallagher to the bridge. that they had no longer met Captain Tennant earlier than. He greeted Brown warmly asserting, ‘I am very completely happy to have an American reporter on board. ’198 Brown defined Tennant as ‘about fifty years outdated with an open, friendly face, pinkish delicate pores and skin with wrinkles round the eyes’. 199 in the course of the interview Tennant paced up and down his sea cabin, simply twelve ft lengthy and 5 toes broad, peering out of a scuttle (porthole) on either side and the window in entrance. via one thousand Brown and Gallagher have been again within the wardroom with an off accountability lieutenant. He by no means back spoke to Captain Tennant on board Repulse. The Plymouth Naval Memorial on Plymouth Hoe screens the identify of Captain Leach, his govt Officer Commander Lawson and Admiral Sir Tom Phillips, all of whom misplaced their lives in HMS Prince of Wales. (Courtesy of Adrian Marsden) HMS Electra reached Singapore Naval Base half-hour after dead night with survivors from Repulse together with Brown. Later Brown stumbled on a Lieutenant Commander from Prince of Wales who knew that Captain Leach had now not survived. unfortunately Brown did not get the officer’s identify. Prince of Wales had seven lieutenant commanders however the one whom Brown puzzled was once potentially Lieutenant Commander A. G. Skipwith, the 1st Lieutenant and 3rd in command. Brown used to be devastated by means of what Skipwith informed him. He later wrote with understated poignancy: I requested a lieutenant commander from the Wales approximately Admiral Phillips and Captain Leach. They have been final noticeable status at the bridge of the Prince of Wales. The Admiral and the Captain stood there jointly, the officer says, ‘They wouldn't move. As we begun away, Captain Leach waved, and known as out, “Good-bye, thanks. reliable success. God bless you”. ’200 Later that evening Skipwith needed to tell Henry Leach approximately his father. Henry have been wandering anxiously alongside the jetties the place the destroyers had dropped off the survivors yet none have been in a position to supply him any information. eventually he trudged a mile and a part to the officials’ quarters on the Fleet Shore lodging. There he encountered Skipwith who gave him the tragic information. Afterwards they stood one another blankly.