HMS Roberts
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10.
Aug. 24, 2014

I served aboard the Roberts 1943-1946. I would like to hear from any mates who were aboard at that time. Life aboard Roberts was quite good with a fine ship's company some of them being great mates. The food was good and we were well catered for. Discipline not over strict and in my opinion she was a happy ship and I was a crew member for three years.

Norman Whitehead


9.
June 9, 2014

My father was on the Roberts during WW2. His name was Bill Payne. He was a boxer on the ship and a gunner. Does anyone know of him or have any pictures of him. He has sadly passed and was very quiet about the war, as most people were. I would love to know anything about him please.

Nick Payne


8.
Apr. 14, 2014

I am interested in finding any info or photos of my deceased father James Bannon who served on HMS Roberts during WWII

Regards,
Shaun Bannon 


7.
Oct. 31, 2013

My father served on the HMS Roberts from October 1941 when acceptance trials were beginning. She sailed to Alexandria in January 1942 where she served as a guard ship at Suez. She later supported the Allied landings at North Africa. I was born in April 1942! He was P.O. Patrick O'Callaghan and served on her until May 1942. After proudly serving on many Royal Navy ships from 1924 until 1948, he worked for British Rail and was tragically killed in a rail accident at Taunton Somerset in 1968.
"We shall remember them"

Leo O'Callaghan,
Cork, Ireland


6.
Aug. 22, 2013

My father, Arthur John Humphreys, I believed served on HMS Roberts I believe as a sub-lieutenant RNVR gunnery officer during the Normandy landings and maybe during the earlier Italian landings. He was not overly forthcoming about his time in the Navy during the war, but I understand he also served on HMS Walney in 1942 where his experience at Oran during Operation Torch must have been horrific where I understand from archive information that there were only 14/15 survivors out of a crew of 85 an action in which his Captain was awarded a VC! If anybody has any information/photo's of the crew in which he may appear for either vessel then I would be most appreciative.

Regards,
Andrew Humphreys


5.
May 5, 2013

My father, Arthur Yeomans, from Widnes served on HMS Roberts during WW2. He has since passed away. It was very rare to get any information about his wartime experiences out of him during his life. I believe he was a radio operator and carried out this duty during the D-Day landings. I would be interested to hear from anybody who may know anything about him.

Regards,
Steve Yeomans M.H.F.S.T.


4.
Mar. 24, 2013

I recently saw your website and was very interested in photos and messages relating to HMS Roberts as my father served on this ship during the Second World War. His name was Arthur John Berry (Art) a PO. He passed away 9 years ago at 90 years of age. I have in my possession two photographs relating to HMS Roberts i.e. one being already displayed on your website (June 6th Normandy) and a photo of the entire crew.

I also have in my possession a football trophy given to my father for playing for the Royal Navy on a South Africa Tour 1937 - 1938 whilst I think he was serving on HMS Roberts. He did talk about the photo relating to the 6th June i.e D Day when he said HMS Roberts was asked to take out with its 15 inch guns a clock tower in Caan which the Germans were using as an observation position.

Ray Berry
United Kingdom


3.
Nov. 11, 2012

My Grandfather served on the HMS Roberts for the duration of the war. His name was Ted Austin (Edward Charles) and he worked as a gunner before rising to CPO. He passed away some years ago now at the grand age of 86. He didn't speak too much of his times in the war but when he did there was an incredible nobleness and humility. I would love to know more about the Roberts exploits or any tales of my Grandfather. It seems very difficult to track down any photos of the crew. If anyone has any please pop them up.

Many thanks,
Nick Bryant


2.
June 23, 2012

My father in law was a crew member of HMS Roberts at the Normandy Landings he was a gunner on board ship, Jack often talked about the "terrible twins" Lousy Lou and Saucy Sue the two guns that were the ships main weapons, they now stand outside the Imperial War Museum.

John (Jack) Coverdale was a terrifically nice chap, well respected in his home town of Normanby near Middlesbrough, he was mentioned in dispatches while serving on the Roberts, Jack was a small chap in stature but as tough as he was polite, as I write this email I am looking at lots of photographs of the ship and other crew members that Jack served with, sadly; Jack is no longer with us but prior to his demise I prepared a book for him that related to the D Day landings and the Roberts, I even have the old cribbage board that the lads used in the mess, it bears some of their names written on the back.

Jacks wife Rene is still alive today but not well and is in care, his eldest daughter is my wife and there is her younger sister too. I was very friendly with Jack as an ex submariner myself we got on very well, I was proud to think of him as a friend. I would be happy to hear from you and perhaps we may have information about each others relatives, who knows?

Regards,
David Berridge

 
Able Seaman John Coverdale's Crossing the Line Certificate.

Jack Coverdale (left), John Partridge of Bolton (top), Woodhead of Yorkshire (right) and Cyril Holt of the Manchester area (front) photographed at Durban, South Africa. Note, Jack seems to be wearing a cap from HMS Caradoc.

Jack Coverdale.


1.
June 6, 2009

My father,John Robert McCrum (Bobby or Jock) served on HMS Roberts and was involved in the Normandy landings on D-day. If anyone served with him, or has a relative who served with him, could you e-mail me.

Thanks,
Dr. David McCrum

Reply 1
Mar. 2, 2010

My dad was on HMS Roberts at the same time as yours, his name was Sam Valentine and he worked in the engine room. I don't know much about his time in the Royal Navy and he only told me he was at the Normandy Landings a couple of months before he passed away. He told me they were shelling the beach from 20/25 miles out, and I asked him if he was scared to which he replyed "what do you think"!! I have four of this medals from Africa and the Med. Sorry I don't know much more but it was nice to read you message.

Kind Regards,
Ken Valentine.


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