Roof tile fragment from Hiroshima : Leading Signalman R Thompson, HMS Commonwealth, BCOF

Accession Number REL30876
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Clay
Maker Unknown
Place made Japan: Hiroshima, Hiroshima
Date made 6 August 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

A part of a roof tile fused by the heat from the first atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima. The fragment is roughly circular with small craters appearing on one side.

History / Summary

Associated with the service of D/JA 245595 Leading Signaller Robert ‘Bob’ Thompson, Royal Navy, who enlisted on 3 January 1941 and saw service with the North Russia and Trafalgar convoys; in the Normandy Campaign; and manned Landing Craft LC H187 during the British Commando/Royal Marine assault on Walcheren Island (a German-held fortified island, near the mouth of the Scheldt River which protected the approaches to Antwerp) on 1-8 November 1944. After the war ended, Thompson served with the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces (BCOF) in Japan in 1946 with the shore establishment, HMS ‘Commonwealth’. He later emigrated to Australia.