Totton, Robert (No. PO/X 4901)

Totton, Robert Junior (Bobby)

Marine

No. PO/X 4901, Royal Marines

Killed in action on Saturday 16 December 1944 (aged 22)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, England (Panel 93)

Bangor and District War Memorial

Family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor

Wesley Centenary Methodist Church, Bangor (as Robert Totton Junior, Royal Marines)

Son of Robert Totton Senior

BIOGRAPHY

Robert Totton Junior was born in July 1922 and he was the eldest surviving son of Robert and Mary Totton (nee Steele) of 46 Shaftesbury Road, Bangor.

Robert and Mary Totton (nee Steele) were married on 23 December 1918 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Belfast.  Robert Totton (aged 28) from 13 Howe Street, Belfast worked as a labourer and he was a son of David Totton, a chandler.  Mary Steele (aged 23) from 82 Dover Street, Belfast was a daughter of John Steele, a labourer.  Their first child, an unnamed male, was born prematurely on 16 June 1919 at 13 Howe Street, Belfast, and lived for just ten minutes.

Robert Totton Junior served for five years with the Royal Marines and he was reported missing in action on 16 December 1944.  Less than a month later it was officially confirmed that he must be presumed to have been killed in action.  Robert Totton Junior’s brother John served with the Royal Navy.

Robert Totton Junior’s family placed a Birthday Memories notice in the 21 July 1945 edition of the County Down Spectator and it contained the message:

Loved and longed for always, Dad, Mum, John, Reggie, Terry, and Denny.

Robert Totton Junior was 22 when he was killed and he is commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial in Hampshire; on Bangor and District War Memorial; on the family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery and in Wesley Centenary Methodist Church, Bangor (as Robert Totton Junior, Royal Marines).

His father, Robert Totton Senior, died on 27 October 1948 and his mother Mary died on 19 November 1975.