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Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

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In Remembrance of
Robert Victor Berner

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Date of birth: 23rd May 1919
Place of birth: Tullyveery, County Down, Northern Ireland
Parents: Robert and Catherine Berner
Previous occupation: Woodworker and Clerk
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Leading Writer
Service Number: D/MX 60040
Joined Hood: 3rd May 1941 (Leading Writer)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Leading Writer)
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Biographical Information:

Robert was born on 23rd May 1919 in Tullyveery, County Down, Northern Ireland to parents Robert and Catherine Berner. The family lived in Killyleagh, County Down. He was 22 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
9th May 19399th May 1939Drake IIWriter (Probationary)ADM363
10th May 193931st May 1939Drake IIWriterADM363
1st June 193914th June 1939Victory IIWriterADM363
15th June 193911th October 1939ExcellentWriterADM363
12th October 19398th May 1940Victory IIWriterADM363
9th May 194023rd May 1940Victory IILeading Writer (Temporary)ADM363
24th May 19409th June 1940BeaverLeading Writer (Temporary)ADM363
10th June 194017th November 1940BeaverLeading WriterADM363
18th November 194026th February 1941RepulseLeading WriterADM363
27th February 194117th March 1941CochraneLeading WriterADM363
18th March 19412nd May 1941Prince of WalesLeading WriterADM363
3rd May 194124th May 1941HoodLeading WriterADM363

Additional Photos

Robert in uniform.

Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

Plymouth Naval Memorial, Plymouth, Devonshire, England

Photos of the memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Robert's sister-in-law, Elsie Berner (photo, 2001)
Eileen Christie (photograph and service record), June 2020