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BUCKS’ VC NAVAL HERO

Peter Scawen Watkinson Roberts was born at the family home in Chiltern Road, Chesham Bois in July 1917. After leaving school in 1935 he joined the Royal Navy and in 1936 was posted to HMS Shropshire. 

In September 1939, after service on the minesweeper HMS Saltburn, he transferred to the Submarine Service. He was promoted to Lieutenant in November 1939 and served on Submarine H32 and HMS Tribune until the end of 1940. On 1st January 1941 he was posted to the T-class submarine HMS Thrasher, which sailed to Alexandria to join the 1st Submarine Flotilla based there. Roberts served on Thrasher until April 1942.

He subsequently served on the destroyer HMS Beagle from August 1942 until February 1943. From May to June 1943 he served at the Combined Operations base at Troon, known as HMS Dinosaur and from August that year he transferred to the training establishment HMS Vernon at Portsmouth where he remained until July 1945. He was then posted to HMS Black Prince until April 1946.

In November 1947 he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and served on a variety of ships for the remainder of his career: HMS Defiance from 1946 to 1948, HMS Gorregan from 1950, HMS Apollo from 1952, HMS Cardigan Bay from 1953, HMS Dingley from 1955 until 1956 when he returned to HMS Vernon serving at HM Underwater Countermeasures and Weapons Establishment in 1957.

His final posting was HMS Drake in 1959. He retired from the Royal Navy in 1962 and died on 8th December 1979 in Newton Ferrers, Devon.

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