-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 Stoker 1st Class William Harding, courtesy of his great niece, Emma Harding, April 2008

Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Stoker 1st Class
Service Number: P/KX 91647
Date Joined Hood: Unknown
Biographical Information: Bill, as he was known, was born on 30 December 1917 in Tadcaster, Yorkshire to Henry and Louisa Harding. The family later lived at Station Terrace, Allerton Bywater, near Leeds. He was the brother of Rowland, Henry, Gordon and Leonard Harding. He was educated at the Allerton Bywater School. There he was known by the name "Plonk". He worked as a miner at one of the local collieries after leaving school.

Bill enlisted in the Army has a young man. His parents arranged for him to transfer to the Navy shortly thereafter. After training he was posted to H.M.S. Hood. He was 23 years old at the time of his loss. We have no additional information.

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Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 55, 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 great-niece, Emma Harding (photo, April 2008 & information, August 2010)
Linda Peaker (information, June 2016)
‘Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings’ (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009