Delamaine, Robert Alfred


War Service:
Stoker 2nd Class ROBERT ALFRED DELAMAINE was killed on 2 October 1942 while serving on the cruiser HMS Curacao. On 2 October 1942, she was in the North Atlantic escorting the liner Queen Mary carrying thousands of American troops to Europe. Both ships had adopted a zigzag course to avoid U-boats when the Queen Mary cut across the path of the Curaco with insufficient clearance, striking her amidships at a speed of 28 knots and cutting her in two. The Curacao sank immediately. There were about 100 survivors from the cruiser’s crew of over 400.

He was lost at sea and is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the war memorial near the gates of the former Royal Victoria Victualling Yard, Deptford.

He was the son of John and Alice Delamaine of Deptford.


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