Post by Dave Homewood on Sept 10, 2016 23:20:39 GMT 12
While looking through old newspapers on Papers Past I came across some headshots of RNZN sailors missing in action. I had a look to see if they were confirmed killed and discovered they were all onboard the ill-fated ship HMS Neptune, the Leander class cruiser that blew up when it struck mines in the Mediterranean Sea, killing 757 sailors and leaving one survivor.
One of the boys, and he is just a boy, in the headshots was Able Seaman Malcolm David Robertson of Auckland.
I've confirmed that, sadly, he was among those killed. However I discovered he is actually missing from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's online database. I am very surprised to see someone from such a high profile loss as the Neptune has been omitted from CWGC.
Post by errolmartyn on Sept 10, 2016 23:56:08 GMT 12
He's not missing from the CWGC register, Dave. You must have incorrectly entered his name into their search engine?
Author: Swift to the Sky – New Zealand’s Military Aviation History Author/publisher: For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 & A Passion For Flight - New Zealand aviation before the Great War. Publisher of Gp Capt C M Hanson’s By Such Deeds - Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999