-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 19-Mar-2010

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of

Photo of Ordinary Telegraphist Stanley George Matthews, courtesy of David Powell, March 2007

Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordinary Telegraphist
Service Number: P/SR 8643
Date Joined Hood: Unknown
Biographical Information: Stanley was born on 30 September 1918 in London to parents Albert Thomas Matthews and Violet Matthews. He had one brother and one sister. The family later resided at 7 St John's Road, Bathwick, Bath, Somerset.

Stanley was a keen sportsman and excelled at cricket, football, hockey and roller skating. He followed his father's footsteps and served in the armed forces. He was educated at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich and entered the Navy as an Ordinary Seaman. He was trained in the speciality of telegraphy.

Stanley was serving in Hood at the time of his father's death in October 1940, but due to operational requirements, was unable to come home. Tragedy struck his family once more in May 1941, when Stanley was lost in the sinking of Hood. 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 52, Column 3 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire
Additional Photographs
A letter home from Stanley's divisional officer
Above- A letter home from Stanley's divisional officer A Christmas card from Stanley to his mother
Above- A Christmas card from Stanley to his mother
The telegram notifying Stanleys mother that he was missing
Above- The telegram informing Stanley's mother of his loss
Stanley's will
Above- Stanley's will
Commemorative scroll
Above- A commemorative scroll for Stanley

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
David Powell (photos & information, March 2007)
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ