Courtesy of Eric Hayward

Tom King (currently in Sick Bay as of November 27 - 2013) was 'One' of nine of the band of 14 bandsmen from HMS Exeter who survived the war.

After their capture by the Japanese the whole band spent three and a half years labouring in the Nickel mines in the Celebes. They were in 1945, finally repatriated to the UK through Perth Western Australia. These members of the RMB, were along, with Bandmaster Mcdonald of the Band of HMS Gloucester, sunk in the Med, the only POWs of WW2., The latter of course in Germany. He I feel would have had a much better time than those from the Exeter.

The late Capt. Lewis (Tom) Lambert MVO wrote extensively about the exploits of HMS Exeter and can be reviewed by visiting <click here>
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