HMS Roberts

John Brown & Company Ltd.
Clydebank, Scotland
Pennant Number:
March 16, 1940
February 1, 1941
Keel Laid:
April 30, 1940
October 27, 1941
Sold June 1965 to Thomas W. Ward and scraped in Inverkeithing, Scotland.

Battle Honours
Dardanelles 1915-16
North Africa 1942
Sicily 1943
Salerno 1943
Mediterranean 1943
Normandy 1944
Walcheren 1944

Commanding Officers
Aug. 19, 1941
May 17, 1943
Captain John Gerald Yerburgh Loveband, RN
May 17, 1943
June 6, 1943
Captain Hugh Meynell Cyril Ionides, RN
June 18, 1945
Nov. 1945
Captain Cyril Bristow Tidd, RN

Combat Victories (None)

Ship's History (Wikipedia)
Roberts provided bombardment support during Operation Torch in North Africa, where she was damaged by two 500 kg (1,100 lb) bombs in the Battle of Béjaïa. She was repaired in time to support Operation Husky (the invasion of Sicily) and the Allied landings near Salerno (Operation Avalanche). During the D-Day landings, she was controlled from the headquarters ship HMS Largs also positioned off Sword beach. She also took part in the Walcheren operations.

In July 1945, Roberts departed the United Kingdom for the Indian Ocean to support Operation Mailfist, the planned liberation of Singapore. She was near Port Said at the time the Japanese surrender on 15 August, but was not recalled until 11 September by which time she had reached Kilindini Harbour in Kenya. She eventually reached Plymouth on 22 November.

Roberts was sold for scrap shortly after the war,[citation needed] but hired back by the navy as an accommodation ship at Devonport until 1965. She was sold for scrap again in July 1965, finally berthing at Inverkeithing for break up in early August.

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