Born: Christmas Day 1920, Nunhead, London.
Died: 18th March 1941; age: 20; MPK.
Residence: 15, Jefferies Road, Ipswich.
Rank: Leading Signalman; Service Number: C/JX 152186.
Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Rosaura’ (‘Dieppe).
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Thomas Harold & Lilian Florence Lamont, of Ipswich.
Father: Thomas Harold Lamont, born October 1896, Trenton, Nova Scotia, Canada – died 1927, Camberwell, South London. A Glass Blower.
Thomas’s father Davidson Lamont and uncles Donald and Henry founded the company – Lamont Glass Company, at Trenton, Nova Scotia – manufacturers of blown and cut glassware, green and flint bottles and cut door lights.
Mother: Lilian Florence Lamont (nee Wincott), born October 1898, Southwark, London.
In 1933, Robert’s mother, Lilian married Arthur Birch Law, born July 1897, Market Harborough, Leicestershire. A Departmental Manager – Corset Factory. They made their family home at 15, Jefferies Road, Ipswich, with their 2 sons – Brian G. Law, 1931, Ipswich, and Alan Law, born 1935, Ipswich, and Robert and his brother, Thomas Alden Lamont, born 1925, Lambeth.
H.M.S. ‘Rosaura’ 18th March 1941
S.S. ‘Dieppe‘ was built in 1905, by Fairfield Shipping & Engineering Co. Ltd., Govan, Scotland. She was a steam passenger ferry for the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway. During the First World War S.S. ‘Dieppe’ was used as a troopship and a hospital ship. After the war she was returned to her owners. In September 1933, S.S. ‘Dieppe’ was sold to Lord Moyne and converted to a private yacht he re-named her S.S. ‘Rosaura’. In 1934, Winston & Clementine Churchill cruised on S.S. ‘Rosaura’ in the Mediterranean. In August 1934, the Prince of Wales & Wallis Simpson took a cruise on S.S. ‘Rosaura’. It was the cruise that Wallis fell in love with the Prince.
During the Second World War she was requisitioned and used as an armed boarding vessel. On the 18th March 1941, H.M.S. ‘Rosaura’ (Captain Roland Spencer R.N.) was conveying 400 Italian POW’s from Tobruk to Alexandra. At 11:50am she left Jetty No 4 at Tobruk for the harbour entrance. At 12:22 hrs a mine exploded under the engine room, she sank in just a few minutes. 78 lives were lost.