-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 08-May-2014

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In Remembrance of

Photo of Sailmakers Mate Arthur Holroyd, courtesy of his widow, Violet and brother Derek 2001
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Sailmaker's Mate
Service Number: P/JX 139833
Date Joined Hood: Circa 1939 (second time)
Biographical Information: Arthur was born 22 February 1918 in Middlesborough, Yorkshire. He was the eldest of five sons born to Arthur and Hetty Holroyd of Redcar, North Yorkshire.

He joined the Royal Navy at the age of fourteen in 1932. He was trained at H.M.S.Ganges in 1932 as a Boy Seaman. In his short naval career he was twice to serve aboard H.M.S. Hood,the first time as a Boy Seaman during the period 1934 to 1936 and the second time as Sail Makers Mate (Temporary) from 1939 to 1941. The interval between these two postings consisted of an assignment to the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert where he experienced the splendour of King George V's Silver Jubilee at the naval review at Spithead Portsmouth in 1935.

Arthur married Violet Warner of Bexleyheath, Kent in December 1940. There were no children of the marriage. Three of Arthur's brothers were to folow him into the Royal Navy and distinguished themselves in their chosen careers,one of them was involved as an aviator with H.M.S. Ark Royal in the sinking of the Bismarck. Arthur was serving as a Sailmaker's Mate (Temporary) and 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 52, Column 1 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire
Additional Photographs
Hood crewmen at Las Palmas, photo courtesy of Arthurs widow Violet, 2001
Above & Below- Arthur and shipmates at Las Palmas
>Arthur Holroyd and shipmates at Las Palmas, 1936

Arthur Holroyd and shipmates on Sports Day at Gibraltar, 1936
Above- Sports Day 1936 at Gibraltar

Photo of  Arthur Holroyd, courtesy of his brother,  Derek Holroyd, 2003
Above- Arthur during his first term of service aboard Hood (sometime between 1934 and 1936)

Arthur Holroyds Medals, courtesy of his brother,  Derek Holroyd, 2013
Above- Arthur's Medals

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Arthur's widow Violet & his brother Derek Holroyd (photos & information, 2001, November 2003 & June 2013)
‘Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings’ (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009