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VC1159    Gerard Broadmead Roope

Name   Gerard Broadmead Roope   No.     POSTHUMOUS

VC Issue No.   1159   Awards   VC   

Regiment   Royal Navy



Rank VC Won    Lieutenant-Commander

Rank End Of Career   Lieutenant-Commander

Place Of Birth   Hillbrook Trull, near Taunton, Somerset, England

Place Of Death   Off West Fjord, Norway

Buried/Location Ashes   At sea, lost off West Fjord, Norway


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone       Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted    10 July 1945

VC Presented   12 February 1946, King George VI, Buckingham Palace, London, England, to his widow Faith Roope and their Son


P  Named on Portsmouth Naval Memorial (panel 36, column 3), Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Hampshire

P  Named on War Memorial, Weymouth, Dorset

P  Memorial Flagstone, St Petrox Church, Dartmouth, Devon

P  Named on War Memorial, Dartmouth & Britannia Naval College, Dartmouth, Devon

P  Named on Memorial, Royal Naval & Royal Albert Yacht Club, Pembroke Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire

P  Plaque, display & HMS 'Glowworm' model at Nothe Fort, Museum of Coastal Defence, Barrack Road, Weymouth, Dorset

P  Roope Close, Barne Barton, Plymouth, Devon

P  Wooden Memorial Plaque, Purbeck View School, Northbrook Road, Swanage, Dorset

By The Way…

The first action of the Second World War to result in the award of a VC, although gazetted almost five years after the event due to all the survivors of HMS 'Glowworm' being taken into captivity

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BORN    13 March 1905

DIED   8 April 1940   AGE   35

VC Won   8 April 1940    AGE    35

Place VC Won   West Fjord, Norway

War/Campaign   Second World War

Second World War

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