Ronald Henry Hopton
Royal Navy - "H.M.S. Cicala"
Service number D/MX674608
Died on the 22nd November 1944 aged 35 years.
Buried in Newhaven Cemetery, Newhaven, East Sussex - grave Reference: Grave 624.
Son of Henry John and Olive Annie Hopton; nephew of Alice E. Robbins, of Corfe Mullen, Dorsetshire. His brother, Sydney Uern Hopton, also died on service.
Ronald Hopton is shown being assigned to "HMS Cicala" which was the Dartmouth base for the 15th Gunboat Flotilla. The 15th Gunboat Flotilla was established in 1942 and was formed to carry out special duties and take the war to the enemy on mainland Europe. The men of the 15th Gunboat Flotilla supported operations for SOE, SIS, MI9 and the Escape Networks and underground Resistance movements and delivered stores and supplies to Resistance forces in preparation for their day of liberation.... ..... ..... now, having read that little bit, take another look at Ronald Hopton's assigned rank -- "Supply Assistant". He probably did a lot more than make sure there were enough paper clips !
The Naval History Net website shows :Wednesday, 22 November 1944 Cicala
, Dartmouth Coastal Forces Base
HOPTON, Ronald H, Supply Assistant, P/MX 674608, killed
I have not yet managed to find his name in the newspaper archives or managed to work out how he was killed.
The HQ for "HMS Cicala" and those clandestine operations is now the Royal Dart Hotel. There is an excellent article about the activities of the 15th Gunboat Flotilla published by Phil Scoble - " By The Dart, HMS Cicala
The Dartmouth History Research Group has also posted a very good article about the 15th Gunboat Flotilla - read that HERE
In the CWGC details for Supply Assistant Ronald Henry Hopton it mentions that "His brother, Sydney Uern Hopton, also died on service". The CWGC index for Sydney Uern Hopton is :
HOPTON, SYDNEY UERN
Date of Death:17/07/1943 Age:36
Regiment/Service:Royal Armoured Corps "B" Sqn., 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)
Grave Reference: II. B. 38. Cemetery:CATANIA WAR CEMETERY, SICILY
Additional Information:Son of Henry John and Olive Annie Hopton; nephew of Alice E. Robbins, of Corfe Mullen, Dorsetshire. His brother Ronald Henry also died on service.
......and my final comment............. the family inscription on Ronald Hopton's headstone is from his Aunt Alice and it reads "TO LIVE IN HEARTS WE LEAVE BEHIND IS NOT TO DIE - HIS LOVING AUNT ALICE." ............. there is a very similar family inscription on Sydney Hopton's headstone in Sicily which reads ""TO LIVE IN HEARTS WE LEAVE BEHIND IS NOT TO DIE".