ALBERT JAMES LOOKER

Image from 1944 Evening Star newspaper.

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Born: 12th February 1913, Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire.

Died: 30th November 1944; age: 31; MPK.

Residence: 39, Suffolk Road, Ipswich.

Employed: at the Ipswich Corporation Power Station.

 

Albert volunteered for the Royal Navy in early 1942.

 

Rank: Stoker 1st Class; Service Number: P/KX 163165.

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Stevenstone’

 

Memorial Reference:

86.1.

Portsmouth Naval Memorial,

Hampshire.

 

Father: Edwin James Looker, born February 1888, Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire. A Navvy Road Worker, and a Sexton at Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire.

Mother: Fanny Looker (nee Carter), born 1878, Bromsgrove, Warwickshire – died 1929, Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire.

 

ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939.

 

Albert was a Public Works Contractor – Travelling Labourer. He was boarder with Millicent Mary & Edward Charles Hurlock, an Upholsterer – Foreman Furnishing Trade, at their family home – 19, Whitby Road, Ipswich.

 

In 1943, Ipswich, Albert married Rosina Mary Cooper, born October 1912, Colchester, Essex, of 22, Victory Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. An Usherette.

 

H.M.S. ‘Stevenstone’ 30th November 1944

 

H.M.S. ‘Stevenstone’ was a Type II Hunt Class Escort Destroyer. She was ordered 28th July 1940 and built by J.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.). Laid down the 2nd September 1941, launched 23rd November 1942, and commissioned 18th March 1943. H.M.S. ‘Stevenstone’ was adopted by the civil community of Barnstable, Devonshire. On the 30th November 1944 she was on an evening patrol with H.M.’Frigate’ off Ostend (Commander Lt, Edward Gerard Napier Mansfield, R.N.). At 18:22 hrs she was struck by a mine. She did not sink, but did sustain major damaged to the forward messdeck of the ship, causing flooding and fire. 14 crew members were killed.

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