First Radio Officer, M.V. Cornish City (Bideford)
Died 29 Jul 1943
Commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial
Albert was born in April 1920 in Whitechapel, London to Isaac Anglovitz and Fanny nee Bloom and was the middle child of three brothers, Woolf and Harry. Their father Isaac served in WW1 in the Labour Corps and worked as a tailor. Albert attended the Grocer’s Grammar school and worked in his uncle’s radio and electrical shop as a Saturday boy where he became interested in radios, and he became proficient at morse code. After leaving school he was later articled to an accountant.
Info from ‘Jews in the Merchant Navy in the Second World War by Martin Sugarman‘
At 09.00 hours on 29 July 1943 the Cornish City was en route from Lourenço Marques in Mozambique bound for Aden and Suez carrying 9,600 tons of coal. She was torpedoed by German submarine U-177 and sunk within one minute southeast of Madagascar. The master, thirty-one crew members and five gunners were lost. Five crew members and one gunner rescued themselves on rafts, were questioned by the Germans and later landed at Port Louis, Mauritius.