Coller, Thomas John

Age: 21
Date of birth: 9th October 1920

Parents: James and Clara Evalina Coller nee Ball
Address: 97 Friars Street Warwick.

Occupation: Worked at Constant Speed Air Screws Ltd (CSA)

Thomas was born on the 9th October 1920 in Warwick.

The 1939 Register shows details of three of Thomas’ siblings – brothers Edward (born 1914) and Dennis (born 1926) and sister Ruth (born 1917), whose married name was White. We also know he had another brother, Ernest (born 1918) as he also died in the war and is listed on the Warwick War Memorial

The Warwick Advertiser piece about the Collers’ father, John, shows that there were 19 Coller children in all, although only 8 had survived at the time the piece was written.

Ernest’s mother Clara died in 1976 aged 94.

Military Service

Rank & Number: Able Seaman, D/SSX23198
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Brigade/Division: HMS Galatea
Date of death: 15th December 1941
Cause of death/Battle: Lost at sea, torpedoed and sunk by U-557 off Cyrenaica, whilst returning to Alexandria
Commemorated/Buried: Commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial. Panel 46, Column 3.
Commemorated locally at:

Thomas served as an Able Seaman on HMS Galatea, a light cruiser that in 1941 had been involved in the hunt for the German battleship Bismark. Later that year the Galatea was torpedoed and sunk off Alexandria with the loss of 470 men.

He is commemorated at the Plymouth Memorial:


  • Unlocking Warwick Research Group
  • Warwick Advertiser excerpts courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office

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