Photograph’s courtesy of  John.

Born: 25th March 1917, Felixstowe, Suffolk.

Died: February 1941; age: 23; MPK – The Bay of Biscay.


Rank: Leading Signalman; Service Number: C/JX 140123.

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M. Submarine ‘Snapper’


Memorial Reference:

Plot 45.2.

Chatham Naval Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Reginald & Sybil Nesling; husband of  Eileen Christine Nesling, of  Newcastle-on-Tyne.


Father: Reginald Charles Nesling, born 1887, Earl Soham, Suffolk.

Mother: Margaret Sybil Nesling (nee Ashton), born 1897, Streatham, South London.


In July 1939, St. Thomas The Apostle Church, Ipswich, Brown married Eileen Christine Fenton, born 1920, Ipswich.



Brown’s parent’s did not have a happy marriage, he spent a great deal of his childhood at his Auntie Bertie’s home at Waterloo Road, Ipswich. Brown joined the R.N. Cadets as soon as he was able. As a disciplinary matter, after a fist fight with another cadet during training, they were both required to enter the ring with boxing gloves with a mandatory handshake before and after.



H.M. Submarine ‘Snapper’ February 1941


H.M. Submarine ‘Snapper’ was built at Chatham Dockyard under the 1932 submarine building programme. Laid down on the 18th September 1933. Launched 25th October 1934. She departed Holy Loch, Clyde on the 29th January 1941, to patrol in the northern part of the Bay of Biscay. H.M. Submarine ‘Snapper’ failed to rendezvous off the Scilly Islands on the 12th February. She was declared overdue from patrol on the 14th February 1941 and considered lost with all hands. It is possible she was lost on mines.


  • This page relates to Reginald Ashton Nesling but then mentions someone called “Brown”? Request verify that this is correct. Many thanks

    • Hallo Peter. Reginald Aston Nesling was known to our family as “Brown” that was his nick-name


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