-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 18-Dec-2014

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of

Photo of Chief Stoker Tom Hanwell, courtesy of his great-great niece, Sally Webster, Oct 2007

Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Chief Stoker
Service Number: P/K 64275
Date Joined Hood: 1936
Biographical Information: Tom was born in June 1903 in Stocksbridge, Sheffield, Yorkshire. He was the youngest son of eleven children born to John and Sarah Hanwell.

Tom was patriotic and during the First World War, wanted to due his part for King and Country. He was slightly too young to join however, so he borrowed his brother Jack's birth certificate. This false birthdate (21 March 1901) was entered into his service record. He went on to servin various ships to include H.M.S. Windsor, H.M.S. Curacoa, H.M.S. Alresford and H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth. He joined his final ship, Hood circa 1936.

Tom served throughout the war and into the late 1930s. He was due to retire when World War Two commenced. Sometime during his career, he met and married his wife Elsie, a French woman. They had no children. They are known to have lived in Malta and later in London. Elsie had relocated to Manchester Road, Old Haywoods, Deepcar, Sheffield to be with Tom's family after the start of the War. Elsie relocated to London after Tom's death and she never remarried.

Tom was 37 years old at the time of his loss. We have no additional information.

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Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 53, Column 3 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
Stocksbridge Clock Tower War Memorial
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire
Additional Photographs
None at this time.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives (ADM 188/1128)
His great-great niece, Sally Webster (photo & information, Oct 2007)
Michael Parker (information, May 2010)
‘Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings’ (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009