Lieut-CommanderROOPE, GERARD BROADMEAD

Died 08/04/1940

Aged 35

H.M.S. Glowworm
Royal Navy

V C

Son of Gerard and Florence Roope; husband of Faith D. Roope, of Richmond, Surrey.

Citation

The citation in the London Gazette of 6th July 1945, gives the following details

On 8th April, 1940, H.M.S. Glowworm was proceeding alone towards West Fjord, Norway, when she met and engaged two enemy destroyers, hitting at least one of them. The enemy broke off the action and headed north. Lieutenant-Commander Roope, though appreciating the intention of the enemy to lead him on to his supporting forces, gave chase. The German heavy cruiser, Admiral Hipper was sighted closing the Glowworm at high speed, and an enemy report was sent, which was received by H.M.S. Renown. Because of the heavy sea it was not possible for the Glowworm to shadow the enemy, and the Commanding Officer decided to attack. Ten torpedoes were fired without success; then the Glowworm, badly hit and her speed reduced, closed and rammed the Admiral Hipper. As she withdrew the Glowworm opened fire again, and scored one hit at 400 yards range. Badly stove in forward and riddled with enemy fire, the Glowworm heeled over, and the Commanding Officer gave the order to abandon her. Shortly afterwards she capsized and sank; only 31 out of her complement of 149 were saved. The Victoria Cross is bestowed upon Lieutenant Commander Roope in recognition of his great valour.

Commemorated at PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

Location: Hampshire, United Kingdom
Number of casualties: 24661

Cemetery/memorial reference: Panel 36, Column 3.

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