Born: 11th September 1915, Ipswich.

Died: 22nd November 1940; age: 25; Motor Launch 127 – mined and sunk off Clacton on Sea, Essex.

Residence: ‘Roisden’ 42, Belvedere Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Leading Stoker; Service Number: C/KX 86541.

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M. Motor Launch 127.


Memorial Reference:


Chatham Naval Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William Newton King & Ethel Adelaide King, of Ipswich.


Father: William Newton King, born 1876, Ipswich – a Mechanical Draughtsman.

Mother: Ethel Adelaide King (nee Reeks), born 1877, Grantham, Lincolnshire.


Probate to William Newton King – father, a Draughtsman.


H.M. Motor Launch 127 was a Class Fairmile B motor launch, built by Brooke Marine Ltd., at Oulton Broad, Suffolk – ordered 8th January 1940 and was commissioned 7th October 1940. On the 22nd November 1940 M.L. 127 (T/Lt. Eric Kneen R.N.V.R.) was mined and sunk off the coast of Clacton on Sea, Essex. All her 11 crew were lost.

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