JACK HERBERT ROBERTSON

Born: 19th May 1914, Ipswich.

Died: 26th September 1943; age: 29; MPK.

Occupation: a Builder’s Clerk.

 

Rank: Coder; Service Number: C/JX 227538.

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Vasilissa’ (Queen) Olga’

 

Memorial Reference:

71.2.

Chatham Naval Memorial,

Chatham,

Kent.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Herbert & Lucy Robertson; husband of Ruby Maud Robertson, of Martlesham, Suffolk.

 

Father: Herbert Edwin Robertson, born 1881, Ipswich – Died of Wounds, 13th May 1918, a Private (of 212, Bramford Road, Ipswich), Service Number 42427, of the 2nd Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment. Buried II.B.48 – Pernes British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Mother: Lucy Mary Ann Robertson (nee Garnham), born June 1881, Ipswich.

 

ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939

Jack was a Builder’s Clerk. He was living with his widowed maternal grandmother Emma Garnham, born January 1849, Woodbridge, Suffolk at her home – Linden Villas, 202, Bramford Road, Ipswich. Jack’s widowed mother, Lucy Robertson was living nearby at her home – 212, Bramford Road, Ipswich.

 

In 1940, Ipswich, Jack married Ruby Maud Cooper, born July 1917, Braintree, Essex.

Jack is also remembered on the war memorial at Bethesda Baptist Church, St. Margaret’s Plain, Ipswich.St Mary at Stoke Church memorial, Ipswich.

 

H.M.S. ‘Vasilissa Olga‘ – 26th September 1943.

H.M.S. ‘Vasilissa Olga’ of the Royal Hellenic Navy was a Destroyer of the Vasilefs Georgios Class (Modified G). Built by Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd, (Scotstown, Scotland). Laid down 8th February 1937, Commissioned February 1939. At the time of the Second World War she was the most modern ship of the Greek Navy. On the 26th September 1943, whilst at anchor at Lakki Bay, Leros, she was attacked and sunk by 25 German Junkers Ju 88 bombers. Commander Blessas, 6 Officers & 65 crew were lost with the ship. A monument to H.M.S. Vasilissa Olga has been erected in Lakki to honour the ship.

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