HMS Repulse’s last sailor dies

Rear Admiral Griffiths, AO, DSO, DSC, with his daughter Erica after being presented a letter from King Charles and Queen Camilla during his 100th birthday celebrations

A retired Australian admiral thought to have been the last survivor of HMS Repulse has died aged 101.

Rear Admiral Guy Griffiths was a midshipman aboard the battlecruiser when, together with HMS Prince of Wales and 840 men from both ships, she was lost on December 10, 1941.

Born in Sydney on March 1, 1923, Griffiths was a keen sportsman and was proficient in rugby, athletics and rowing before joining the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in 1937 as a cadet. Griffiths graduated from college in 1940 and was posted to HMAS Australia. The cruiser was in the Atlantic but by the time he arrived in Britain it was elsewhere, so instead he and five other RAN midshipmen were selected to join Repulse.

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