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Name: Robert William ROCHESTER
Casualty No.: Ranks: Lieutenant Initials: R W Service No.: 121888
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Age at Death: 35
Unit: Royal Artillery Survey Regiment.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Bemerton, Salisbury, Wiltshire.
Home Address:
Previous Address: River View, Runhead, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Employed by the Stella Coal Company.
How Died: Lost at sea.
Date of Death: Wednesday 29th May 1940
Place of Death: Dunkirk, France.
Battle/Campaign: Dunkirk evacuation.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Stargate War Memorial, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: Dunkirk Memorial, France.
Buried: No known grave.
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 1
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:
Son of Shield and Margaret Rochester, of River View, Runhead, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Husband of Gwendolyn F. Rochester, of Bemerton, Salisbury, Wiltshire.
Notes : Robert's father, Shield, was employed for many years by the Stella Coal Company. He was general manager for the local mines. Many members of the Rochester family have worked for the Stella Coal Company in years gone by.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Army Roll of Honour, 1939-45. Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 20th June 1940. Newcastle Journal, 19th June 1940.
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