The Slaugham Archive
Barry Ray Year: 1979 Villages: HandcrossRoy Leadbetter and HMS Rawalpindi
The photograph of Roy Leadbetter appeared in the Mid Sussex Times in 1979 and described an horrendous day in the early part of WWII when his merchant cruiser was sunk by two German battleships. As many as 280 members of the crew loss their lives that day, but Roy was fortunate to be one of the 27 who survived.
Royston, as he was formally known, married Eileen in 1947 and they played an active roll in many village events. By chance they both appeared on a more uneventful ship voyage in 1975 across to France. See picture #2122.
Eileen died in November 1997, but Roy lived on for many more years and passed away in Lincolnshire in 2017, aged 100.
The Large Version shows a picture from the newspaper showing Roy with some of the other wartime survivors in Horseguards Parade.
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Picture added on 16 June 2019 at 17:33
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