-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 11-May-2015

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of

Photo of Royal Marine Archie Arnold John Discombe courtesy of Mary Mckeown, April 2015

Service: Royal Marine Band
Rank: Musician
Service Number: RMB/X 528
Date Joined Hood: Unknown
Biographical Information: Archie was born on 30 June 1918 in Portsmouth, Hampshire to Archie and Lucy Discombe. His is known to have had a brother named Peter, who was also lost in the war. The family lived in Gosport but later relocated to 29 Lucknow Street. he attended Leesland School and sang in the choir at St Faith's Church.

Archie joined the Royal Naval School of Music in 1933 as a Band Boy. He went on to serve in H.M.S. Effingham and H.M.S. Royal Oak (where he was known to be an excellent water polo player) prior to joining the crew of Hood.

He was the husband of Ruby Discombe (nee Lardner), of Muswell Hill, Middlesex. Archie's action station at the time of his loss was the 15" Transmitting Station. He was 22 years old at the time of his loss. We have no additional information.

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Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 59, Column 3 (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
Mary Mckeown (photo & information derived from the "Hampshire Telegraph & Post", 6 June 1941)
‘Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings’ (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)