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Robert Victor Berner

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Robert Victor Berner. Leading Writer D/MX60040 Royal Navy on HMS Hood. Born 23 May 1919 at Tullyveery, Killyleagh, County Down to Robert Victor and Catherine Berner, of Killyleagh. Died at sea 24 May 1941 aged 22 years. He served on HMS Hood, one of the Royal Navy’s older battleships, a veteran of World War One. Berner died on 24th May 1941, the day after his 22nd birthday. The infamous Nazi vessel, the Bismarck sank the British battleship. HMS Hood and HMS Prince of Wales intercepted German battleships, Bismarck and Prince Eugen. A battle ensued in the Denmark Strait between Greenland and Iceland beginning at 0535hrs. HMS Hood opened fire at 0553hrs and within minutes, the battle was over. The Bismarck returned fire on HMS Hood and the Royal Navy ship exploded. Only three men from a crew of 1,418 survived. Shells also hit HMS Prince of Wales killing everyone on the bridge apart from the captain. The Bismarck escaped unscathed.

Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon.

Commemorated on Killyleagh War Memorial

Photograph credited to a Elsie Berner on a Family Tree on Ancestry.

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