ROY AUBERTIN

Born: 1925, Ipswich.

Died: 10th December 1944; age: 19; KiA.

Residence: Trafalgar Inn, Spring Road, Ipswich.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 14675597

Regiment: Royal Scots (Royal Regiment) 8th Battalion  – Infantry.    

     

Body previously buried at Maasbree. Body later exhumed and on the 12th September 1946 laid to rest at Venray War Cemetery.

                             

Grave Reference:

VI.B.4.

Venray War Cemetery,

Venray,

Limburg,

Netherlands.

 

Father: Frank Searls Aubertin, born September 1895, Wimbledon, Surrey. A Licensed Victualler – Trafalgar Inn, Spring Road, Ipswich.

Mother: Amy Frances Aubertin (nee Burden), born March 1895, Douglas, Isle of Man.

 

Roy was educated at Ipswich School.

 

Roy is also remembered on the Chapel war memorial at Ipswich School.

 

The 8th Battalion (Territorial Force) was part of 15th (Scottish) Division which remained in UK until landings in Normandy as part of Operation Overlord on D-Day +10, (16th June) 1944. Securing a crossing of the River Odon in early July, then taking the villages of Gavrus and Bougy on the16th July. Following the Breakout, crossing the Seine on 28th August and entering Belgium in early September. The Battalion saw notable action at Aart on the Meuse-Escaut Canal on the 14th September seeing off a number of German counter attacks. Following this action they moved onto the Eindhoven area. By 3rd December the 8th Battalion took part in the assault on Blerick, a western suburb of Venlo, entering the battle in armored personnel carriers ‘Kangaroos’ (turretless Sherman tanks).The tanks were able to drive straight onto the German lines. The men then dismounted and took their objectives, while under heavy shellfire. 

 

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