HMS Prince of Wales
Emaciated former prisoners sitting on the steps of an ambulance in Singapore following their release from captivity in Sumatra. Holding the newspaper is Sergeant Jack King RM, formerly of HMS PRINCE OF WALES, while standing next to him, with the distinctive chest tattoo, is Private Tom Wardrope of 2nd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
John Catterall "Jack" Leach DSO, Captain RN. Only captain of Battleship HMS Prince of Wales during that vessel's short, eventful life (commissioned in January of 1941). Fought the Bismarck, took the Prime Minister to meet Roosevelt, then sunk off Singapore. Captain Leach and many of his crew died with their ship on 10 December 1941.
The sinking of Prince of Wales and Repulse was a Second World War naval engagement that took place north of Singapore, off the east coast of Malaya, near Kuantan, Pahang, where the British Royal Navy battleship HMS Prince of Wales and battlecruiser HMS Repulse were sunk by land-based bombers and torpedo bombers of the Imperial Japanese Navy on 10 December 1941. In Japanese, the engagement was referred to as the Naval Battle off Malaya (マレー沖海戦, Mare-oki kaisen?).
A Japanese postcard showing the destruction of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse. The translation reads: (bottom of card) "Sea Battle off Malaya 10 December 1941" (left side) "Our Sea Eagles deliver a crushing blow to the main strength of the English Far Eastern Fleet, Prince of Wales and Repulse" The (Osaka) postmark reads: "Great East Asia War 1st anniversary"