Charles Victor James Leaford

Male 1917 - 1942


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  • Name  Charles Victor James Leaford 
    Born  1917  Romford, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    War  1939-1942  Mediterranean Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Charles was a Stoker 1st Class on the RN HMS Arethusa. The ship left Alexandria to form part of an escort for a convoy to Malta. 450 miles from port she was torpedoed by a low flying enemy aircraft. The explosion and fire took 156 lives out of 500 men on board and injured many more. Arethusa was the only casualty of Operation Stoneage and the convoy made it to Malta, effectively ending the seige there. Charles was buried at sea and has a memorial at Chatham, Kent. 
    Buried  Nov 1942  At sea Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died  18 Nov 1942  On board HMS Arethusa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I3297  Fidgen
    Last Modified  20 Jan 2014 

    Father  Robert William Leaford,   b. 1890, Romford, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1949, Ilford, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Sarah J Wiseman,   b. 21 Jun 1891, Maldon, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1974, Havering, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1910  Romford, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1119  Group Sheet

    Family  Paulina Moir Rothwell,   b. Barking, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Sep 1941  Ilford, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified  20 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F1171  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    HMS Arethusa with hull breach
    HMS Arethusa with hull breach

    Documents
    Tricia's Relatives Who Gave Their Lives in WW1 and WW2
    Tricia's Relatives Who Gave Their Lives in WW1 and WW2
    Leaford and Prater casualties.