Hoy, Robert James (No. D/KX 95518)

Hoy, Robert James (Robert)

Stoker 1st Class

No. D/KX 95518, HMS Albatross, Royal Navy

Killed in action on Friday 11 August 1944 (aged 23)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon, England (Panel 90 Column 1)

Newtownards and District War Memorial

BIOGRAPHY

Robert James Hoy’s birth was registered in the third quarter of 1920 in Devonport and he was the eldest son of Robert James Hoy and Daisy Elizabeth Ada Hoy (formerly Richardson, formerly Morris nee Heath) of Plymouth, Devon.  Daisy Elizabeth Ada Heath and Herbert Richard M. Morris were married in 1908 and she and Fred Richardson were married in 1917.  This marriage ended in 1919 when Fred Richardson was convicted of bigamy.  Robert James Hoy Senior and Daisy Elizabeth Ada Richardson were married on 8 May 1920 in St. Paul’s Parish Church, Devonport and they had three children:

Robert James (born 1920)

James (Jim, born 1924)

John A. A. (born 1931)

Robert James Hoy Senior spent more than 25 years in the Royal Navy and then 12 years as a Customs Officer before he retired.

Daisy Elizabeth Ada Hoy was 54 when she died in Plymouth on 10 December 1939.

When Robert James Hoy Junior died, his father was living at 48 South Street, Newtownards.

In 1932 Robert James Hoy Junior was living in Belfast and he completed his education in Park Parade Public Elementary School.  An all-round athlete, he was associated with the Salvation Army Young People’s Band and the Boy Scouts.  As a boy of 15 he joined the crew of a Danish barque on which he travelled to Australia, South Africa and the United States of America.  He left the barque in New York and stayed there for a time before returning to England where he worked for the Grand Canal Company on a barge trading between London and Birmingham.

In 1938 Robert James Hoy joined the Royal Navy and he was killed in action aboard HMS Albatross on 11 August 1944.  HMS Albatross was built by the Royal Australian Navy Dockyard at Cockatoo Island, Sydney and launched in 1928.  She was transferred to the Royal Navy in 1939.  In July and August 1944, she was engaged in Repair Ship duty off Juno beach, Normandy and on 11 August she was hit by a torpedo.  HMS Albatross sustained major structural damage and Stoker 1st Class Robert James Hoy was one of more than sixty men who were killed.  HMS Albatross was repaired and after the war she went into mercantile service.  She was broken up in Hong Kong in 1954.

Stoker 1st Class Robert James Hoy (No. D/KX 95518) was 23 when he died, his body was never recovered, and he is commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial in Devon and on Newtownards and District War Memorial.  His last visit home to visit his father in Newtownards was in January 1942 and during the Second World War his younger brother Jim also served with the Royal Navy.