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Cree, Rev. James Douglas Beckett

Already in this War the College has suffered bereavement. The Reverend James Douglas Beckett Cree, A.K.C., was drowned when the Royal Oak was sunk on October 14th. He was Chapain on board the ship. A member of the Theological Faculty from 1926 to 1930, he is remembered by thos in the Office who knew him as a man who took a very real interest in the activities of the Union Society, besides being a brilliant student, and who was liked by all. So far as can be ascertained he is the first casualty from the college. King’ s College Review December 1939


First name(s)Rev. James Douglas Beckett
Date of birth1906
Family detailsSon of William and Ruth Cree.
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1926-1930
Dept / courseFaculty of Theology
Military unitRoyal Navy, H.M.S. Royal Oak
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Date of death14/10/1939
Age at death39
Rank at deathChaplain
Cause of deathKilled on board HMS Royal Oak
Commemoration(s)King’ s College Chapel; Portsmouth Naval Memorial

The Rev. James Douglas Beckett Cree, A,K.C., R.N., was commissioned as Chaplain, Royal Navy on Jan. 2, 1936, and served during that year on H.M.S. Iron Duke. From January 1937, until the summer of this year he was on the cruiser Suffolk. He had only recently joined the Royal Oak. The Times 21 Oct. 1939

SourcesKing’ s College London Archives, Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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