ALBERT JAMES LOOKER

Born: 12th February 1913, Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire.

Died: 30th November 1944; age: 31; MPK.

Rank: Stoker 1st Class; Service Number: P/KX 163165.

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Stevenstone’

 

Memorial Reference:

86.1.

Portsmouth Naval Memorial,

Hampshire.

 

Father: Edwin James Looker, born 1888, Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire. A Sexton at Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire.

Mother: Fanny Looker (nee Carter), born 1878, Bromsgrove, Warwickshire – died 1929, Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire.

 

In 1943, Ipswich, Albert married Rosina Mary Cooper, born October 1912.

 

H.M.S. ‘Stevenstone’ 30th November 1944

 

H.M.S. ‘Stevenstone’ was a Type II Hunt Class Escort Destroyer. She was ordered 28th July 1940 and built by J.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.). Laid down the 2nd September 1941, launched 23rd November 1942, and commissioned 18th March 1943. H.M.S. ‘Stevenstone’ was adopted by the civil community of Barnstable, Devonshire. On the 30th November 1944 she was on an evening patrol with H.M.’Frigate’ off Ostend (Commander Lt, Edward Gerard Napier Mansfield, R.N.). At 18:22 hrs she was struck by a mine. She did not sink, but did sustain major damaged to the forward messdeck of the ship, causing flooding and fire. 14 crew members were killed.

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