Massey, Robert Charles


War Service:
Third Engineer ROBERT CHARLES MASSEY, aged 33 died on 22 November 1940 when the SS Cree was torpedoed by the submarine U-123.

The convoy SL-53 had sailed from Freetown, Sierra Leone, heading for the United Kingdom in November 1940. Among the vessels in the convoy was the freighter SS Cree carrying 5,500 tons of iron ore to Workington. On 21 November the Cree fell behind the convoy and at 0021 on 22 November she was torpedoed by the submarine U-123. All on board – the Master, 42 crew and two gunners – were lost.

He was lost at sea and is commemorated on the Merchant Navy Memorial at Tower Hill.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered in the Book of Remembrance, St Saviour’s church, Forest Hill.

He was the son of Robert Charles and Grace Massey and husband of Rose Louise Massey, of Brunswick Avenue, Hull. they married in Hull in the summer of 1939.

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