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Robert Samuel Durrant

Robert Samuel Durrant

Male 1912 - 1941  (28 years)

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  • Name Robert Samuel Durrant 
    Born 13 Oct 1912  Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    • FreeBMD Birth
      Robert S Durrant
      Dec Q 1912
      Dartford 2a 1130
      Mother : Gorvan
    Christened 8 Nov 1912  Christ Church, Erith, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Residence 8 Nov 1912  53 Manor Road, Erith, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 14 Feb 1928  53 Manor Road, Erith, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Apprentice Waterman and Lighterman 
    Occupation 20 Feb 1934  [4
    Admitted as Freeman of The Company of Watermen and Lightermen 
    Residence 29 Sep 1939  37 Maximfeldt Road, Erith, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Waterman and Lighterman 
    Died 21 Apr 1941  Rainham, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    • FreeBMD Death
      Robert Samuel Durrant
      Jun Q 1941
      Romford 4a 875
      Age 28
    • Robert Samuel Durrant died as a result of enemy action. On the evening of 21 Apr 1941, the tug Regency was towing three barges to put alongside the Hornchurch rubbish wharf.
      The previous night there had been an air raid and it was reported that mines had been dropped in the River Thames at Rainham. Regency found one of them, her propeller vibrations had caused it to detonate.
      Regency was skippered by his father, Walter Frederick "Dusty" Durrant, who survived the explosion along with five other crew members but sadly two of the crew were killed including Robert Samuel "Bob" Durrant, lighterman-son of the skipper.
      He is commemorated in the Urban District of Hornchurch section of the Civilian War Dead Register.
      Regency was subsequenrly raised, repaired and put back into service.
    Buried Brook Street Cemetery, Erith, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3343  Jeffrey World Tree
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2017 

    Father Walter Frederick Durrant,   b. 21 Feb 1888, 34 Manor Road, Erith, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1952, 1 Dorothy Terrace, Clare Road, Erith, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Frances Elizabeth Gorvin,   b. 22 Jan 1887, Agra, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1941, 1 Dorothy Terrace, Clare Road, Erith, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Family ID F68  Group Sheet

    Family Annie E Boyce,   b. 14 Apr 1914, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1935  Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • FreeBMD Marriage
      Robert S Durrant
      Annie E Boyce
      Dec Q 1935
      Dartford 2a 1877
    Children 
     1. John T E Durrant,   b. 6 Apr 1938, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 11 Sep 2014 
    Family ID F323  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Robert Samuel Durrant (I3343)
    Robert Samuel Durrant (I3343)
    Robert Samuel Durrant (I3343)
    Robert Samuel Durrant (I3343)
    Robert Samuel Durrant (I3343)
    Robert Samuel Durrant (I3343)

    Headstones
    Durrant Headstone at Brook Street Cemetery, Erith, Kent, England
    Durrant Headstone at Brook Street Cemetery, Erith, Kent, England

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] FreeBMD Birth.

    2. [S7] Christ Church, Erith, Kent : Parish Register Baptisms.

    3. [S120] 1939 National Register.

    4. [S118] The Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames.

    5. [S3] FreeBMD Death.

    6. [S50] Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

    7. [S2] FreeBMD Marriage.