Service Details
Name:
COOK
Given Name:
JOHN ANTONIA
Initials:
J A
Service No:
70256
Rank:
Stoker 1st Class
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Regiment:
South African Naval Forces
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Unit:
H.M.S.A.S. Parktown
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Date of Death:
1942-06-21
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Cause of Death:
Ships were ordered to embark evacuation parties and leave Tobruk harbour when Axis forces started shelling the town on 20 June 1942. Under heavy fire and was the last Allied ship to leave Tobruk. Her decks were cramped with soldiers evacuated from Tobruk and outside the harbour she took a disabled tug in tow. Early the next morning she was attacked at close range by six Italian MAS boats. With her captain killed, nearly half her ship's company wounded and all ammunition expended, it was finally decided to abandon ship.
Additional
Information:
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Commemoration
Country:
United Kingdom
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Locality:
Devon
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Cemetery:
PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
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Grave Reference:
Panel 74, Column 2.

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