Obituary. Neville Robert (Bob) Nock.

Bob Nock died on 6 November 1999 aged 78 after a short illness. He was awarded the D.S.C. when as a 21-year old Sub-Lieutenant RNVR. He was by far the youngest commanding officer of the sixteen MLs which accompanied H.M.S. Campbeltown on the raid, eleven of which were sunk. Nock’s boat was the last in the line, one of the two not carrying commandos, his task being to engage enemy guns and help re-embark troops on the withdrawal. He survived the early carnage in the vicinity of the Old Mole and the Old Entrance (where there were no troops to re-embark) but was hit and sunk as he endeavoured to pick up survivors from the water in the glare of searchlights and pools of burning petrol. Casualties were heavy, including his First Lieutenant and spare officer who were both killed. Of the crew of sixteen eleven were killed. Bob himself was wounded and taken prisoner.

After the war Bob practised as an Estate Agent in Lymington. The funeral was held at St. Thomas’s Church, Lymington. In the congregation were Robbie and Grace Roberts representing the Society. Bob was a long-standing and loyal member of the Society and regularly attended the Annual Dinner. We extend the Society’s sincere sympathy to his widow, Joyce, and to his family. He will be much missed. Hugh Arnold.

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