FREDERICK ARTHUR CALLABY

Born: 7th December 1917, Ipswich.

Died: 29th May 1941; age: 23; died as a result of a direct hit from a dive bombing aircraft.

Residence: 86, Spring Road, Ipswich.

 

Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: C/JX 138727.

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Dido.’

 

Memorial Reference:

42.2.

Chatham Naval Memorial,

Chatham,

Kent.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Charles Bartram & Emily Maud Callaby; husband of Florence Rosalind Daisy Callaby, of Ipswich.

 

In 1937, Ipswich, Frederick married Florence Rosalind Daisy Youngs, born October 1918, Ipswich. They had 1 son.

 

Probate to Florence Rosalind Daisy Fearon (wife of Harold Fearon).

 

28th/29th May 1941

In April 1941, H.M.S. ‘Dido’ a light cruiser, was transferred to the Mediterranean, to reinforce the Fleet based at Alexandria. During the night of the 28th/29th May, H.M.S. ‘Dido’ was operating with H.M.S. ‘Onion’ during the evacuation of Sphakia and Heraklion, on the southwestern part of the island of Crete. At 08:00, just clear of Kaso Strait, H.M.S. ‘Dido’ was attacked by nine Stukas dive bombers. She sustained a direct hit on her ‘B’ turret, resulting in extensive structural damage and many casualties including soldiers of The Black Watch.

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