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John Robinson
Ordnance Artificer 3rd Class
Service No: P/MX53843


John died because HMS Express struck a mine on 1st September 1940.
Unlike the other casualties, his date of death is listed as the day after the explosion.
Assuming that this date is correct, it is likely that he died from his injuries.

On August 31st 1940, the Express and 4 other Mine-laying Destroyers left Immingham to lay an offensive field off the coast of the Netherlands. At around 23.00 hours almost to the point of dropping mines, it was reported by radio that there was an enemy convoy near at hand, which was to be attacked after the mines had been dropped. Before any mines were dropped, three of the ships, including Express, had themselves struck mines. Express was the first and some of the crew were picked up by the Ivanhoe, who then also struck a mine. Meanwhile the Esk struck and sank almost immediately. There was a considerable loss of life in all three ships, the Express lost 4 officers and 55 ratings.
In spite of having most of the bows blown off, the Express was towed back to port and eventually rebuilt.

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Information provided by
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Commonwealth War Graves Commission record:

Rank: Ordnance Artificer 3rd Class 
Regiment: Royal Navy 
Unit Text: H.M.S. Express 
Age: 33 
Date of Death: 02/09/1940 
Service No: P/MX53843 
Additional information: Son of George and Amy Robinson; husband of Cecilia Mary Robinson, of Bedhampton. 
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead 
Grave/Memorial Reference: East of Church.