Friday, October 16, 2009

Stoker Bruno Darby, R.N. of HMS Beverley

Stoker Bruno Darby, R.N., HMS Beverley

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Bruno Darby (seated) and friend, WW2

Stoker Bruno Darby, R.N. from Cleator Moor, Cumberland served on the destroyer HMS Beverley during World War Two. He was one of 151 crew of the Beverley to be lost when the vessel was sunk by submarine on 11 April 1943.
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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

(1) Stoker Bruno Darby

One of the crewmen of lost with the sinking of H.M.S. Beverley was Stoker Bruno Darby of 17 Bowthorn Road, Cleator Moor, Cumberland, one of the sons of James Darby and Anne Darby (née Hillon). The following article appeared in local weekly newspaper 'The Whitehaven News' on Thursday 6 May 1943 (page 4):

Cleator Stoker Missing

Mr. and Mrs. J. Darby, Bowthorn Road, Cleator Moor, have been notified that their son, Bruno Darby, 21 1st Class Stoker, serving with the Royal Navy, is reported missing, presumed killed, on April 11.

Before entering the Navy, Stoker Darby worked at Moresby Coal Mine and also in a R.O. Factory.

Mr. and Mrs. Darby were bereaved some time ago when their son, Joseph, died after a short illness. They have received many messages of sympathy.

The following week, on Thursday 13 May 1943 'The Whitehaven News' printed a copy of Bruno Darby's photograph with the following text:

Cleator Moor Stoker Killed

Mr. and Mrs. J. Darby, Cleator Moor, have officially been notified that their son, Stoker Bruno Darby, previously reported missing was killed in action on April 11. Aged 21 years, Stoker Darby was employed at Walkmill Colliery, Moresby and a R.O. Factory before joining the Royal Navy.

(2) Summary of details

Rank: Stoker 1st Class

Name: Bruno Darby

Service Number: P/KX 136922

Vessel: H.M.S. Beverley

Age: 21

Date of death: 11 April 1943

Other details: Son of James and Anne Darby (née Hillon)

Address: 17 Bowthorn Road, Cleator Moor, Cumberland

Commemorated: Portsmouth Naval Memorial (Panel 28, Column 1)

Acknowledgements:

‘The Whitehaven News’ & Cumbria County Archives Service (‘Whitehaven News’ extracts)

Mrs Colette Hodgkinson (niece of Bruno Darby)

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