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Royal Navy Seaman Robert Fraser
C/JX 190268, H.M.S. Electra, Royal Navy

Died age 22 on February 27, 1942 during the Battle of the Java Sea.

Click For EnlargementSon of Peter Mackie Fraser and Frances Mary Fraser; husband of Winifred Joyce Fraser, of Brockley, London. Father of Malcolm Robert Fraser (deceased), Grandfather to Ian Rober Fraser and Great-Grandfather to Vincent Robert Fraser.

Grandson Ian Robert Fraser :
"He served on the Electra and saw action most notably rescuing survivors from the Prince of Wales and Repulse, i have recently read a letter he sent to his sister three weeks before his death on the electra, quite emotional. He writes about his quarters being in the fore-end of the ship (i assume this to be in the front) and that the waves crashing into it are like people hammering at it, very difficult to sleep as they are crammed in down there.

My grandfather was on board the Electra when it went down. He is reported as killed in action and we can only assume that he was, how i am not so sure as some of the crew were taken POW. Which leaves the thought that he is still there, hard to comprehend, as without him, so many of my family tree would not exist, strange furthermore that his son, my father, was still not yet born when the ship went down. He has 2 sisters that are still alive, they remember him like it was yesterday, it is such a terrible shame that there has never been what you would call 'closure'.

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