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About Bob Sharplin

Bob Sharplin is the short form for the name Robert Sharplin. He applied to the Royal Navy on the 4th of June, 1929, at the Medway Towns recruiting post in Kent. He was 5’5″ at the time and had just volunteered to commit himself to the service of the King for 12 years. However, while he had planned to spend the next twelve years in service of the King, he was unaware that the world held a different plan for him, and he would spend almost 24 years and a significant part of his life in service to the King. Still, his decision to join the Royal Navy was something symbolic. He had joined at the age of 18. Even more, his paternal grandfather some two generations ago has also joined the Royal Navy on his eighteenth birthday. Later that year, four weeks after, to be precise, Bob began his training at the Royal Navy Barracks in Chatham, where we were designated as a Stoker 2nd Class. Little did he know that he would become the man he was, a father of Clive and Wendy with significant contributions to the course of the Second World War.
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Biography

Bob Sharplin was born on the 4th of June, 1911. He was born in Gillingham, Kent. His family had a strong tie with the navy. Hence it was no surprise when he ended up in the navy. For instance, his elder brother, Percy Anthony, also spent 25 years in the Royal Navy. Even his father had earlier served in the Royal Navy during the First World War for more than five years.

Bob encountered his eventual wife Dorcas Hall around Weymouth. His ship had anchored there for some unknown business. It was at this time that Dorcas was strolling around the seafront with her sister. She was enjoying the view of the naval ships. Eventually, Bob and Dorcas got married in 1933.

They set up their home in Gillingham, although the lower part of Rainham. This ensured that Bob was close to the Royal Navy Barracks. It was here that they gave birth to their son Clive in 1936 and their daughter Wendy in 1943.

Personal Records 

According to his son, Clive Sharplin, Bob Sharplin was a Royal Navy Officer with number KX80024. His proud division was Chatham, and he served between the 8th of July 1929 and the 12th of February 1953.

Service Records

In every sense of the word, Bob Sharplin was an accomplished naval officer. He stated as a Stoker 2nd Class and eventually wore the Petty Officer a sleeve and Cap Badge sewing that he was a stoker petty officer. 

Noteworthy, in the British naval system, rating and speciality are usually not intertwined. As such, an officer might attain high status in his speciality and still fail to advance beyond a seaman’s rating. Similarly, a person might have attained the CPO position and isn’t highly qualified when it comes to his speciality. Under these circumstances, advancement in rating would have been based on education and leadership, among others.

As a serviceman, Bob Sharplin was a Mechanician. He started as a Mechanician (O.S.). Then, later, he attained the higher rank of Mechanician 2nd Class, then Mechanician 1st Class, and later Chief Mechanician. 

Also, he was a stoker. At his entry point into the service, he was a Stoker, Fore Fighter. Then, soon afterwards, he became Stoker, 2nd Class for propeller only. Soon afterwards, he became Stoker, 1st Class, then Leading Stoker at a later time. 

Eventually, he rose to be the Stoker Petty Officer and later the Chief Stoker. 

During his time, Bob Sharplin was also awarded the Good Conduct Pay and the Good Conduct Chevrons. In his final rank, Bob Sharplin wore the badge with the three Chevrons.

 

Bob also enjoyed other clasps and medals throughout his career. Some of the most notable ones include:

  • The Atlantic Star
  • The African Star with France & Germany Bar
  • The 1939 – 1945 Star
  • The 1939 – 1945 Medal
  • Long Service & Good Conduct Medal
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Ships & Shore Establishments Served In

Bob’s career as a member of the British Royal Navy spanned 23 years and six months. During this period, he got to service aboard for a wide variety of periods. For instance, he serves for a day, and he also served for as many as three years. Throughout this, he served in aircraft carriers, battleships, cruisers, frigates, destroyers, an armed trawler, luxury motor yachts, and ocean-going tug. Here’s a breakdown of his service activities.

BOB’S SERVICE TIMELINE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NAME

DATE JOINED

DATE LEFT

SHIP TYPE

 

 

 

 

 

1

Pembroke

8-Jul-29

31-Dec-29

Barracks

2

Marlborough

1-Jan-30

22-Aug-30

Battleship

3

Pembroke

23-Aug-30

2-Oct-30

Barracks

4

Hermes

3-Oct-30

6-Sep-33

Aircraft Carrier

5

Pembroke

7-Sep-33

15-Oct-35

Barracks

6

Ramillies

16-Oct-35

31-Dec-36

Battleship

7

Pembroke II

1-Jan-37

1-Jan-37

Barracks

8

Drake II

2-Jan-37

9-Dec-38

Barracks

9

Pembroke II

10-Dec-38

14-Mar-39

Barracks

10

Cornwall

15-Mar-39

9-Feb-40

Cruiser

11

Pembroke II

10-Feb-40

18-Mar-40

Barracks

12

Ajax

19-Mar-40

30-Sep-41

Cruiser

13

Valiant

1-Oct-41

16-May-42

Battleship

14

Pembroke

17-May-42

18-Apr-44

Barracks

15

Lent to Ajax

25-Aug-42

25-Aug-42

Cruiser

16

Lent to Ajax

1-Oct-42

13-Oct-42

Cruiser

17

Lent to Purnbell

1-Apr-44

10-Apr-44

Not yet identified

18

Mauritius

19-Apr-44

13-Mar-45

Cruiser

19

Pembroke

14-Mar-45

9-Aug-45

Barracks

20

Lent to Stoymer

19-Mar-45

25-Mar-45

Not yet identified

21

Lent to Holderness

4-Apr-45

7-Apr-45

Destroyer

22

Lent to Brocklesby

9-Apr-45

17-Apr-45

Destroyer

23

Lent to Jacinta

27-Apr-45

27-Apr-45

Armed Trawler

24

Lent to Cordeli II

11-May-45

11-May-45

Harbour Defence Craft

25

Lent to Caicos

17-May-45

18-May-45

Frigate

26

Lent to Torrington

14-Jun-45

24-Jun-45

Frigate

27

Liverpool

10-Aug-45

9-Oct-45

Cruiser

28

Pembroke

10-Oct-45

17-Nov-45

Barracks

29

Suffolk

18-Nov-45

25-Apr-46

Cruiser

30

Pembroke

26 Ap 1946

30-Sep-46

Barracks

31

Sussex

1-Oct-46

16-Jul-48

Cruiser

32

Encore

17-Jul-48

28-Dec-48

Fleet Tug

33

Sussex

29-Dec-48

30-Dec-48

Cruiser

34

Belfast

31-Dec-48

17-Apr-49

Cruiser

35

Pembroke

18-Apr-49

18-Aug-49

Barracks

36

Lent to Steepholm

19-Aug-49

29-Sep-50

Wreck Disposal Vessel

37

Pembroke II

30-Sep-50

12-Oct-50

Barracks

38

Neptune (Gillingham Group)

13-Oct-50

14-Jan-52

Chatham, Reserve Fleet

39

Lent to Cambrian

1-Oct-51

15-Dec-51

Destroyer

40

Lent to Carron

1-Jan-52

14-Jan-52

Destroyer

41

Superb

15-Jan-52

2-Jun-52

Cruiser

42

Pembroke

3-Jun-52

23-Jul-52

Barracks

43

Mars

24-Jul-52

6-Nov-52

Harwich, Reserve Fleet

44

Pembroke – Retired

7-Nov-52

12-Feb-53

Barracks

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