Michael Beach Thomas 10,54
- Born: 1906, Kimpton, Hertfordshire 10
- Died: 5 April 1941, HMS Buffalo, Singapore aged 35 13
Name: THOMAS, MICHAEL BEACH
Initials: M B
Nationality: United Kingdom
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit Text: H.M.S. Terror II
Date of Death: 05/04/1941
Additional information: Son of Sir William Beach Thomas, K.B.E., and
Lady Thomas, of Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire; husband of E. H. C.
Thomas, of Ringmore, Kingsbridge, Devon.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 44, Column 2.
Memorial: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
From The Times, 8 April 1941
An official inquiry has been opened by the naval authorities into the loss of the Admiralty mooring vessel Buffalo which fouled a mine, blew up, and sank while proceeding to salvage an aircraft on Friday, says Reuters.
An official list issued yesterday states that eight of the British personnel of the naval base, including Commander R.R. Airey, R.N., and Lieutenant-Commander M. Beach-Thomas, R.N., as well as 12 Asiatic members of the crew, are missing and presumed to be dead. Two others died of injuries and 20 others, including a British signalman, have been injured and taken to hospital.