Elie Robilliard b.1894, was at sea by the age of 14. Amazingly he was torpedoed 4 times in World War 1. He was the only survivor after the sinking of The Star Guernsey and was adrift for 24 hours before being resued. Elie served on the S.S. Briarpark and was listed as First Mate on the S.S. Hazelpark in 1925. He was Master of the Sarastone in the 1930's, when many of the crew were from Borth. In 1940, with the war just starting, he was in Australian waters commanding the tramp steamer Creekirk which was built in 1912. It was not long after he returned to home waters that he was lost on this small vessel
In the 1920’s Captain Robilliard and his wife, who had Borth connections, came to live at Torteval House, it was named after his ancestors home in the Channel Islands. They were to have 3 children, Eve, David and John. Unfortunately Eve died in 1930 and is buried in St Matthews Church. The eldest son David followed his father’s footsteps and became an officer in the Merchant Navy.