ROBERTS, Peter Scawen Watkinson  
 
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Name:  Roberts, Peter Scawen Watkinson
Date of birth:  July 28th, 1917 (Chesham Bois, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain)
Date of death:  December 8th, 1979 (Newton Ferrers, Devon, Great Britain)
Nationality:  British
     
     
VICTORIA CROSS
Rank: Lieutenant
Unit: Royal Navy
Received on: 4 July 1942
Action: After an attack on a fuelling ship which resulted up to a sunk of the ship on February 16, 1942, north of Crete in the Mediterranean-Sea by the submarineHM Trasher, the crew discovered when they came above, two unexploded shells. Lieutenant Roberts with Petty Officer Gould could remove the first without many difficulties, but the second was at a very difficult position. However, Gould could remove the unexploded shell, lying on its back, on a certain moment Roberts caught the shell at its shoulders and dragged it carefully to him. After 40 precarious minutes they could dismantle the unexploded shell and throw it overboard.
Details: Peter Scawen Watkinson Roberts headstone is on the Holy Cross Churchyard, Newton Ferrers,(Efford Crematorium, Plymouth) Great Britain.
 
     
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Information source(s):   - Victoria Cross Reference
- The Register of the Victoria Cross - published by This Engeland 1997 - ISBN 0906324270
- Special thanks to Iain Stewart from The History of the Victoria Cross
   
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