-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

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Peter William Charles Smith

Photo of Supply Assistant Peter William Charles Smith, courtesy of Phillip Hinton-Smith, November 2011
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Supply Assistant
Service Number: P/MX 71663
Date Joined Hood: Unknown
Biographical Information: Peter was born on 13 December 1921 in Chatham, Kent to Stanley and Sybil Smith. The family later lived in Abingdon, Berkshire. Peter’s father was a Navy sickbay man and trainer.

The family then moved to Oxford where his younger brother Brian was born two years later. The two brothers went to school in Oxford and joined the sea cadets in the town. Peter started work with a Department store in Oxford called Elliston and Cavell but later moved to The Cowley Road Hospital and Workhouse as Workhouse Master Clerk. The family later lived in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

Peter joined the Navy and trained at Portsmouth. His brother Brian joined a short time later (and survived the war). Due to illness, Peter was not placed aboard the ship he was originally assigned to. He joined the crew of Hood instead. He was 19 years old at the time of his loss.

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Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 57, Column 3 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
St Helens Church, Abingdon,
Cowley Road Hospital
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire
Additional Photographs
None at this time.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Phillip Hinton-Smith (photo & information, November 2011)
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ