FRANK HUGH BUCK

Born: 30th May 1910, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Died: 24th December 1941; age: 31; MPK.

Residence: 405, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.

 

Rank: Coder; Service Number: P/JX 205055.

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S.’Salvia’

 

Memorial Reference:

Panel 53, Column 1.

Portsmouth Naval Memorial,

Hampshire.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William Clement & Edith Buck; husband of Beatrice Louisa Buck.

 

CENSUS

 

1911   Market Hill, Clare, Suffolk.

 

Frank was 10 months old and living with his parents & brothers.

William Buck, 41, a Clothier & Draper – Shopkeeper – employer- own account, born Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Edith Buck, 40, born Bristol, Gloucestershire.

Wilfred Buck, 6, born Bury St. Edmunds.

Roland Buck, 3, born Bury St. Edmunds.

1 milliner’s assistant

1 general domestic servant.

 

In 1935, Ipswich, Frank married Beatrice Louisa Page, born 1908, Ipswich. They had 1 son.

 

Probate to Beatrice Louisa Buck.

 

24th December 1941

H.M.S. ‘Salvia’ was a Flower-class corvette, built by William Simons & Co. Ltd., Renfrew, Scotland in September 1940. Ordered by The Admiralty 31st August 1939, laid down 26th September 1939, launched 6th August 1940 and commissioned 20th September 1940. On the 23rd December, H.M.S. ‘Salvia’ was escorting Convoy TA-5 when the steam prisoner ship ‘Shuntien’ was torpedoed and sank by U-559 (Kapitän Hans Heidtmann). H.M.S. ‘Savlia’ rescued ‘Shuntien’ Master William L. Shinn and 47 crew and an unknown number of Gunners of the Durham Light Infantry, and an estimated 850 Italian and German PoW’s. The corvette then made for Alexandria, a few hours later, at 01:35hrs on the 24th December, she too was torpedoed by U-559 (Kapitänleutnant Joachim Preuss), breaking her in two, spilling her black bunker oil onto the surface of the sea. The fuel caught fire and H.M.S. ‘Savlia’ sank. H.M.S. ‘Peony’ found the burning oil but no survivors.

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