Born: 29th May 1923, Ipswich.
Died: 23rd January 1944; age: 20; MPK.
Rank: Stoker Class 1; Service Number: P/KX 150097.
Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Janus’
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Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Edward Harry Buckman & Caroline Ethel Buckman, of Ipswich.
Father: Edward Harry Buckman, born 1893, Ipswich.
Mother: Caroline Ethel Buckman (nee McEntee), born November 1891, Dublin, Ireland.
23rd January 1944
H.M.S. ‘Janus’ named after the Greek God, was built by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend-on-Tyne, Tyne & Wear, as part of the 1936 Build Programme. Ordered 25th March 1937, Laid down 29th September 1937, launched 10th November 1938 and commissioned 5th August 1939. On the 20th January 1944. H.M.S. ‘Janus’ had been involved in the landings at Anzio (Lieutenant Commander William Brabazon Robert Morrison R.N.). On the 23rd January she was hit 35 miles south of Rome, by a guided bomb and sank in twenty minutes. 158 lost and 80 survived.
There are two versions as to what was responsible for the loss:
The first was a hit by a glider bomb, Henschel Hs 293 from a Dornier Do 217.
The second was a hit from a Heinkel He 111 dropped a Fritz X.