William Ewen

M, #9069, b. 8 August 1921, d. 10 December 1941
     William Ewen was born on 8 August 1921 at 10 Tarlair Street, Macduff, Banffshire, Scotland.1 He was the son of George Ewen and Annie Mair. William Ewen was an Able Seaman in the Royal Navy. William died on 10 December 1941 at sea at age 20. He served on the battlecruiser H.M.S. Repulse which was sunk by the Japanese on 10 December 1941 in the South China Sea off the east coast of the British colony of Malaya, 70 miles east of Kuantan, Pahang.2,3,1 He was lost at sea. He was included on the Plymouth Naval Memorial and on the family memorial at Myrus Cemetery, Macduff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.3



  1. [S6658] Norah Wood née Breslin, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Norah Wood of Aberdeen, Scotland.
  2. [S8019] Debt of Honour Register and certificate, Casualty No 2478948, "In memory of Able Seaman William Ewen, Service Number: D/SSX 29434, H.M.S. Repulse, Royal Navy, who died on 10 December 1941 Age 20. Son of George Ewen and Annie Mair, of Macduff, Scotland. Remembered with Honour. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 47, Column 1. Commemorated in perpetuity by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission."
  3. [S8020] William Ewen, Christina Ewen, Annie Ewen née Mair, George Ewen and George Ewen Rose Helen Ewen, Monumental inscription, Front
    "In loving memory of ROSE HELEN, beloved daughter of GEORGE & ANNIE EWEN, who died 18th Nov. 1938, aged 19 years.
    Their son WILLIAM, A.B., GNR., lost off H.M.S. Repulse 10th Dec. 1941, aged 20 years.
    Their daughter CHRISTINA, died 4th Apr. 1944, aged 24 years.
    "In loving memory of ANNIE MAIR beloved wife of GEORGE EWEN who died 1st Apr. 1950, aged 65 years.
    Also of the above GEORGE EWEN who died 27th June 1964, aged 82 years.
    Also of their son GEORGE who died at Coventry on 19th Nov. 1974, aged 65 years."