In Memory of


Lieutenant (A)

H.M.S. Vengeance, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

who died on

Tuesday 15th January 1946. Age 24.

Additional Information:

Son of William T. and Lena F. Tobias of Earley, Berkshire, England. Observer with No. 812 R.N. Squadron. While making his own way back to England for de-mob, as a passenger in a military aircraft it was involved in an air crash near Marseilles, France. The other casualty was Lt. Stanley Charles Turner. Aircraft details unknown. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Casualty No. 2685932. War Grave photo below. (Enlarged)


Commemorative Information

Cemetery: MAZARGUES WAR CEMETERY, MARSEILLES, Bouches-du-Rhone, France.  War Cemetery Plan.
Cemetery Details: PLEASE NOTE: Due to vandalism in the area, it is regretted that it is necessary to keep this cemetery locked outside working hours. The cemetery will USUALLY be open to visitors Monday to Friday 08.30 to 17.00 except on public holidays.
Grave Reference/Panel Number: Plot 10. Row A. Grave 12.
Location: Marseilles is the chief town in the Department of the Bouches-du-Rhone. Mazargues is a suburb on the south-east side of the town, 6 kilometres from the centre of Marseilles, on the coast road to Toulon via La Ciotat - Avenue General Delattre de Tassigny (No.24). The Cemetery lies on the western side of this road.
Historical Information: Marseilles was the Base of the Indian troops in France during the 1914-18 war; and throughout the War the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy, British troops and Labour units worked in the port or passed through it. Four of the town cemeteries were used, in the main, for the burial of officers and men of the British forces who died at Marseilles. At ST. PIERRE CEMETERY, on the East side of the town, the bodies of Hindu soldiers and labourers were cremated in 1914-16. LE CANET OLD CEMETERY and LE CANET NEW CEMETERY, on the North side, were in 1917-19 the places of burial of Indian soldiers and Indian, Egyptian and Chinese labourers and PORT ST. LOUIS-DU-RHONE COMMUNAL CEMETERY. MAZARGUES CEMETERY, on the South-East side, was used less in the War; but before the Armistice a British Extension was made, to which were removed, a little later, the bodies or ashes from the four Town cemeteries. There are now nearly 2,000 1914-18 and 300, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. The cemetery covers an area of 9,021 square metres.

Inscription: 'He died and left behind so sweet a memory that still he seems to live'