Born: 28th March 1920, Ipswich.

Died: 20th July 1944; age: 24; MPK after hitting a mine off Normandy Landing Beaches.

Residence: 54, Rands Way, Ipswich.


Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: C/SSX 26375.

Regiment: Royal Navy H.M.S. ‘Isis’


Memorial Reference:

Chatham Naval Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Arthur & Beatrice Whitbread, of Ipswich; husband of Jean Whitbread.


Father: Arthur Whitbread, born February 1873, Bromswell, Suffolk. An Engineers Labourer – Iron Foundry.

Mother: Beatrice Emma Kate Whitbread (nee Dance), born October 1884, Battersea, Surrey.


Arthur is also remembered on the memorial at Portsmouth Cathedral to all the officers and men lost on H.M.S.’Isis’


20th July 1944.

H.M.S.’Isis’ was a destroyer, built by Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. Glasgow, laid down 6th February 1936, launched 12th November 1936, and commissioned 2nd June 1937. Commander Lt. Cdr. Henry Dumaresq Durell, RN. The H.M.S. ‘Isis’ hit a mine 5 miles off North-East of Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy. 20 men saved, 155 officers & men lost.

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