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date: 05 March 2021

Crabb, Lionel Kenneth Philiplocked

(1909–1956)
  • Richard Compton-Hall

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Crabb, Lionel Kenneth Philip (1909–1956), naval frogman, was born on 28 January 1909 at 4 Greyswood Street, Streatham, London, the son of Hugh Alexander Crabb, a commercial traveller for a firm of photographic merchants, and his wife, Beatrice Goodall. Crabb was described by contemporaries as a most courageous diver able to endure great discomfort, but technically inept and a man of action rather than a thinker: those assessments well summarize an overexciting career below the surface that extended from 1941 to a controversial end in 1956....

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