Born: 14th October 1920, Ipswich.

Died: 22nd April 1940; age: 19; KiA.

Residence: 197, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.

Employed: at Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Ipswich.


Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: C/JX 152651.

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S.’Pelican’


Memorial Reference:


Chatham Naval Memorial,




Mother: Annabel Daisy Churchyard (nee King), born October 1892, Ipswich.

Step Father: Frank Gilbert, born September 1885, Ipswich. A Trucker, Iron Fittings Worker.


Albert is also remembered by Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies with entrance gates, dedicated in May 1958, at Ransomes Sports’ Centre, Sidegate Avenue, Ipswich


22nd April 1940

H.M.S. ‘Pelican’ was an anti-aircraft Sloop of the Egret class, buily by Thornycroft, Southampton, U.K. Designed as a general purpose vessel, intended for use as a survey ship in the West Indies.

On the 22nd April 1940, H.M.S. Pelican (Commander L.A.K. Boswell) was on anti-aircraft defence duty during the Norwegian Campaign (9th April – 10th June 1940). She was carrying naval base personnel for Aadalsnes, Rauma, Møre og Romsdal county, Norway and had been shadowed from the air all day. A German Ju-87 dive bomber hit H.M.S. ‘Pelican’ with two bombs aft when north-west of Aalesund. Her engines were put out of action and had to be towed back to Lewick by H.M.S. ‘Fleetwood.’ Albert Churchyard was 1 of the 70 casualties.

Albert worked for and is dedicated on Ransomes Simms & Jefferies Ltd Sports field Ipswich WW2 memorial

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