Robert St. Vincent Sherbrooke VC, DSO, RN

Born  8 Jan 1901
Died  13 Jun 1972(71)

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1 Jan 1917 Mid.
15 Jan 1919 A/S.Lt.
15 Jul 1919 S.Lt.
15 Apr 1921 Lt.
15 Apr 1929 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1935 Cdr.
12 May 1941 A/Capt.
30 Jun 1942 Capt.
7 Jul 1951 Rear-Admiral

Retired: 4 Mar 1954


28 Jun 1940 DSO
12 Jan 1943 VC
1 Jun 1953 CB

Warship Commands listed for Robert St. Vincent Sherbrooke, RN

HMS Wakeful (i) (H 88)Cdr.Destroyer31 Jul 193918 Dec 1939
HMS Cossack (i) (F 03)Cdr.Destroyer29 Dec 193918 Jan 1940
HMS Afridi (F 07)Cdr.Destroyer18 Jan 194029 Mar 1940
HMS Cossack (i) (F 03)Cdr.Destroyer29 Mar 194021 May 1940
HMS Matabele (F 26)Cdr.Destroyer22 May 194015 Apr 1941
HMS Philoctetes (F 134)A/Capt.Destroyer Depot Ship25 Feb 19428 Oct 1942
HMS Onslow (G 17)Capt.Destroyer28 Nov 19421 Jan 1943
HMS Aurora (12)Capt.Light cruiser20 Aug 1945May 1946

Career information

Sherbrooke was on sick leave, with splinters in an eye, until early 1944 following the action on 31 December 1942.

Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMS Onslow (G 17)

31 Dec 1942
As part of the escort of convoy JW51B bound to Murmansk, she was involved in the action when the convoy was attacked by the German heavy cruiser Hipper in the Barents Sea. Onslow was badly damaged, with a high toll in dead and wounded. Among the wounded was her CO, Captain Sherbrooke, who lost an eye in the battle and suffered other injuries, and was awarded the Victoria Cross for the successful defence of the convoy, that suffered no losses of merchant ships. (1)


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