Thursday, October 11, 2012

Leading Seaman George Thomas Leggett, R.N

Memorial for L/S George Thomas Leggett, R.N. 
A Leading Seaman of H.M.S. Kepple 
[Gibraltar North Front Cemetery
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Leading Seaman George Thomas Leggett, R.N.

The photograph above shows the memorial headstone of Leading Seaman George Thomas Leggett, R.N. of H.M.S. Kepple (as the name of the vessel is spelt on the headstone and by the CWGC). He died on 14 June 1940 at the age of 43 and is interred in Gibraltar North Front Cemetery.

H.M.S. "Kepple" (or Keppel using the correct spelling) was a Shakespeare class destroyer (D 84) launched in 1920 and commissioned in 1925. At the end of the war, in 1945, the vessel was sold at broken up for scrap.

In 1942 she was 'adopted' by the community of Rugby, Warwickshire to tie in with 'Warship Week'. Her motto was:
'Ne cade Malis' ("Yield not to Evil").
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CWGC citation

This is the Commonwealth War Graves Commission citation for Leading Seaman George Thomas Leggett, R.N. (HMS "Kepple"):

Name: LEGGETT, GEORGE THOMAS

Rank: Leading Seaman
Service No: P/JX 20923
Date of Death: 14/06/1940
Age: 43
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy, H.M.S. Kepple.
Grave Reference: Plot 2. Row A. Grave 25.
Cemetery: GIBRALTAR (NORTH FRONT) CEMETERY

[There are no details about his 'Next of Kin' or his hometown]
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To read a summary of the service history of H.M.S. Keppel (D84) and see a photograph of her on the Naval History website click on the following link:
H.M.S. Keppel (service history)

Dedicated to Leading Seaman George Thomas Leggett, R.N.
R.I.P.
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