ROY CEDRIC KEMP

Born: 26th January 1920, 4, Hamilton Road, Ipswich.

Died: 10th November 1942; age: 22; MPK – ship loss.

Residence: 46, Romney Road, Ipswich.

 

Rank: Engine Room Artificer 4th Class; Service Number: C/MX 56241.

Regiment: Royal Navy, HMS ‘Ibis’

 

Memorial Reference:

60, 2.

Chatham Naval Memorial,

Chatham,

Kent.

 

Mother: Hilda Elizabeth Kemp, born July 1898, Ipswich. A Packer – Maize Flake Mill.

Maternal Grandmother: Alice Sarah Kemp (nee Bird), born February 1874, 2, Reeves Yard, Ipswich – died 1937, 46, Romney Road, Ipswich.

Step Father: Robert William Marsh, born February 1899, Albion Street, Ipswich. A Fitter –  Agricultural Machinery.

 

10th NOVEMBER 1942

H.M.S. ‘Ibis’ was a Black Swan class sloop of the Royal Navy, built by Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., at Haverton Hill, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham. Laid down 22nd September 1939, launched 28th November 1940 and commissioned on the 30th August 1941. In 1942 H.M.S. ‘Ibis’ was adopted by the people of Stoke Newington, London as part of ‘Warship Week.’

On the 8th November 1942, H.M.S. ‘Ibis’ was deployed with the Eastern Task Force for convoy support and defence during landings at Algiers – Cdr. Henry Maxwell Darell-Brown, RN. On the 10th November 1942, H.M.S. ‘Ibis’ was attacked by Italian aircraft in the Mediterranean Sea, 10 miles north of Algiers. An airborne torpedo caused an explosion and with serious damage she took a list to starboard and eventually capsized and sunk. 102 members of her crew survived.

Two Albert Medals in Gold were awarded “for extreme and heroic daring” to two members of the crew. Surgeon Lieutenant Malcolm Joseph Clow, of Cheshire, who after attending to the wounded, gave away his lifebelt to an injured man. Malcolm then became entangled in the rigging, and was pulled down some way before he could fight his way clear. He had to swim for three hours before he was rescued.  

The second was awarded posthumously to the parents of Sick Berth Attendant George William Beeching, of Wallasey, Cheshire. When H.M.S. ‘Ibis’ began to heel over and it was apparent that she was about to capsize, George helped an injured man to the deck, gave the man his lifebelt and helped him into the water. George then abandoned the ship but was never seen again. George’s sister lent his Albert Medal in Gold to the Museum of the Order of St. John, at Clerkenwell for display. In 1992, the medal was stolen.

 

 

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