Remembering Joseph William Toms and HMS Galatea 14 December 1941

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J.W. Toms’ name listed on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. Image, Mark Norris, 2013

Able Seaman Joseph William Toms, D/SSX17063 Royal Navy, died onboard HMS Galatea on 15 December 1941, aged 23. He is commemorated at panel 48, column 3 Plymouth Naval Memorial. He has no known grave.

He was the son of Harry and Mary Toms; husband of Ruby Louvain Toms (nee Peachey), of Truro, Cornwall.


World War 2 section, Devoran War Memorial Photo: Mark Norris

HMS Galatea website

Jean Strange and family have compiled this extensive website about the crew (including one of her relatives).

More can be found on this Wikipedia site:

The crew, survivors and their families of HMS Galatea, 14 / 15 December 1941,  remembered 75 years later, .


HMS Galatea (Wikipedia source)


The crew of the German U boat U557 which sank HMS Galatea were lost two days later on 16 December 1941.

Posted by Mark Norris, Devoran War Memorial project, Cornwall.


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