Images courtesy of Sarah Foster
Born: 26th January 1918, Ipswich.
Died: 21st May 1941; age: 23; MPK during an air raid which sank H.M.S. ‘Juno.’
Rank: Petty Officer; Service Number: C/JX140930.
Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Juno.’
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John Herbert & Elizabeth Bloomfield, of 9, Hawke Road, Ipswich; husband of Olive Edna Bloomfield, of Ipswich.
Father: John Herbert Bloomfield, born May 1874, Ipswich – died 1932, Ipswich.
Mother: Elizabeth Syred Bloomfield (nee Dowsing), born 4, Rope Walk Place, November 1881, Ipswich.
In 1939, Ipswich, Albert married Olive Edna Matt, born 1921, Ipswich.
They had 1 son.
Albert and his shipmates, images courtesy of Derek
21st May 1941
H.M.S. ‘Juno’ was a Destroyer of the J class, built in October 1937, by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Ltd., of Govan, Glasgow, Scotland. She launched in December 1938 and commissioned on the 25th August 1939.
On the 21st May 1941, H.M.S. ‘Juno’ (Commander St. John Reginald Joseph Tyrwhitt) was operating in the Kaso Strait SE of Crete. When withdrawing southward with the rest of the Mediterranean Fleet they were continuously bombed for over three hours by German Junkers 87s and Italian Z1007bis. It is alleged that a Cant Z1007, piloted by Lt. Mario Morassult of the 50th Gruppo hit H.M.S. ‘Juno’ with three high level bombs, the third splitting her in two. She sank in 97 seconds, 116 men presumed killed. 96 were rescued, of those rescued 5 later died.
For 50 years Ipswich had no memorial for the men and women who died serving their country during World War Two. In 1995, a campaign was started by Albert’s granddaughter – 11 year old, Sarah Bloomfield. Sarah wrote many letters asking for help with her campaign, including a letter to the Prime Minister John Major.