-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour
Memorials to Men Lost in the Sinking of Hood, 24th May 1941

Updated 20-Jul-2016

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of

Photo of Able Seaman Percy Herbert Balch, courtesy of Michael Nottage, Feb 2001

Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman (Gunnery Control)
Service Number: P/JX 126181
Date Joined Hood: 02 June 1939
Biographical Information: Percy was born on 24th August 1910 to Jesse and Emily Balch of Piplands, Binsted, Hampshire. As well as his parents, he had 2 sisters, 5 brothers and a 2 month old nephew.

Percy joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Seaman on 17 February 1926 in H.M.S. Impregnable at the age of 15.  While serving in the Battleship H.M.S. Nelson he was made an Ordinary Seaman on 24 August 1928 and then an Able Seaman on 22 February 1930 at the age of 19.

He first served in H.M.S. Hood from 16 June 1931 to 4 January 1932 and was drafted again to her from H.M.S. Vernon on 02 June 1939 as a Control Rating under development.

He was 30 years old. His Mother received his medals.

Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 47, Column 1 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire
Additional Photographs
Photo of Able Seaman Percy Herbert Balch, courtesy of Michael Nottage, Jan 2014
Percy (holding book) and his brother Henry (kneeling on left) posing with shipmates aboard an unknown vessel
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
His great-nephew, Michael Nottage (photos & biographical information, September 2003, November 2008, July 2010, June 2011, January 2014, February 2015 & June 2016)
‘Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings’ (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)