-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 06-May-2014

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of

Photo of Ordinary Signalman Ronald Thomas Law Bell,  courtesy of  his nephew, Simon Richards, March 2006
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordinary Signalman
Service Number: P/JX 157978
Date Joined Hood: 1939 or 1940
Biographical Information: "Dingle", as he was known to his friends, was born in Kings Norton, Warwickshire on 11 December 1922, the only son of Harry & Laura Bell of Birmingham.  He joined the Royal Navy in 1937, age just 15 ½.  His first posting was to H.M.S. Ganges for rigorous training.  He was subsequently posted to H.M.S. Renown in 1938.

After the outbreak of war in 1939, he was posted to H.M.S. Hood.  He was lost in the sinking of Hood on 24th May 1941, his mother’s birthday.  He was 18 years old at the time of his loss.

He is still mourned by his three sisters Lorna, Barbara & Margaret. He has 7 nephews & nieces 12 great nephews & nieces & 9 great great nephews & nieces.  He is still part of their lives and will be revered by them for all time. We have no additional information.

Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 52, Column 1 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire
Additional Photographs
None at this time

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
His nephew, Simon Richards (photo & information, March 2006)
‘Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings’ (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)