-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
Stanley Watkinson

Photo of Paymaster Sub-Lieutenant Stanley Watkinson, courtesy of his nephew, Doug Watkinson, May 2010

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Service: Royal Navy, New Zealand Division
Rank: Paymaster Sub-Lieutenant
Date Joined Hood: 03 December 1940
Biographical Information: Stanley was born on 09 October 1919 in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire.  He was the second son of Henry and Ann Watkinson, (nee Smith).  His family emigrated to New Zealand in the mid 1920's. They settled in  Hastings, Hawkes Bay.

After completing school, Stanley worked as a clerk. He remained in this position until he joined the Royal New Zealand Navy. He was part of a scheme to provide potential New Zealand naval officers six months intensive training aboard Royal Navy vessels before being appointed to New Zealand vessels. He departed New Zealand in September 1940 and was posted to Hood that December. She was his only ship.

Stanley was 21 years old at the time of his loss. We have no additional information. If you have any additional details, please contact us.

Memorial Information
New Zealand Naval Memorial, Auckland, New Zealand, Panel 1.
Also memorialised at
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire
Additional Photographs
None at this time.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
His nephew, Doug Watkinson (photo & information, May 2010)