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Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Horace Walter Goldsmith

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Date of birth: 14th February 1899
Place of birth: Croydon, Surrey, England
Parents: Herbert and Frances Goldsmith
Wife: Gladys Goldsmith
Previous occupation: Plumber's Mate
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Petty Officer
Service Number: P/J 41701
Joined Hood: 13th August 1940 (Petty Officer)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Petty Officer)
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Biographical Information:

Horace was born on 14th February 1899 in Croydon, London, Surrey to parents Herbert and Frances Goldsmith. He had two older broothers - Sidney and Reginald - plus a younger sister - Ethel - and a younger brother - Arthur. Horace's father was a plumber by trade and Horace himself worked as a plumber's mate before joining the Royal Navy.

Reginald was the husband of Gladys Goldsmith, of Greenford, Middlesex. The couple lived at Northolt Park, Middlsex at the time of his death. He was 42 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
18th June 19154th November 1915PowerfulBoy 2nd ClassADM188/730
5th November 19159th November 1915PowerfulBoy 1st ClassADM188/730
10th November 191518th November 1915Victory IBoy 1st ClassADM188/730
19th November 191511th October 1916LeviathanBoy 1st ClassADM188/730
12th October 191621st February 1917LeviathanOrdinary SeamanADM188/730
22nd February 191722nd June 1918LeviathanAble SeamanADM188/730
23rd June 191826th July 1918Victory IAble SeamanADM188/730
27th July 19189th April 1919VernonAble SeamanADM188/730
10th April 191927th January 1921Royal SovereignAble SeamanADM188/730
28th January 192114th February 1921VernonAble SeamanADM188/730
15th February 192131st January 1922Vernon (P48)Able SeamanADM188/730
1st February 192227th February 1922Vernon (P48)Leading SeamanADM188/730
28th February 192210th April 1923Victory ILeading SeamanADM188/730
11th April 192326th November 1925Princess MaragretLeading SeamanADM188/730
27th November 192526th February 1926VernonLeading SeamanADM188/730
27th February 192628th February 1926Victory II (Undine, Umprire, Trenchant)Leading SeamanADM188/730
1st March 192631st March 1926Victory II (Torbay, Toreador, Tyrian)Leading SeamanADM188/730
1st April 192630th September 1926Victory II (Turquoise, Toreador, Tyrian)Leading SeamanADM188/730
1st October 192614th January 1937Victory II (Tyrian)Leading SeamanADM188/730
15th January 192729th April 1927Columbine (Tyrian)Leading SeamanADM188/730
30th April 192713th August 1928VernonLeading SeamanADM188/730
14th August 192825th September 1928Victory ILeading SeamanADM188/730
26th September 19287th November 1928VernonLeading SeamanADM188/730
8th November 19289th July 1930WarspiteLeading SeamanADM188/730
10th July 19307th September 1930WarspiteActing Petty OfficerADM363/159
8th September 193011th May 1931VernonActing Petty OfficerADM363/159
12th May 193112th June 1931Frobisher (Wild Swan)Acting Petty OfficerADM363/159
13th June 193122nd June 1931VernonActing Petty OfficerADM363/159
23rd June 19319th July 1931Frobisher (Despatch)Acting Petty OfficerADM363/159
10th July 193120th January 1932Frobisher (Despatch)Petty OfficerADM363/159
21st January 19324th February 1932CambrianPetty OfficerADM363/159
5th February 193225th February 1932VernonPetty OfficerADM363/159
26th February 193229th February 1932Pembroke IPetty OfficerADM363/159
1st March 19324th April 1932Pembroke II (Dundedin)Petty OfficerADM363/159
5th April 193214th June 1933DunedinPetty OfficerADM363/159
15th June 193315th August 1933PhilomelPetty OfficerADM363/159
16th August 193318th January 1935DunedinPetty OfficerADM363/159
19th January 193531st March 1935Victory I (N.Z.N.)Petty OfficerADM363/159
1st April 19351st April 1935Victory I (Reverts from N.Z.N. to P.O. over 3 years)Petty OfficerADM363/159
2nd April 193512th April 1935VernonPetty OfficerADM363/159
13th April 193513th May 1935Effingham (Sabre)Petty OfficerADM363/159
14th May 193511th September 1936VernonPetty OfficerADM363/159
12th September 193613th January 1939Victory II ([illegible])Petty OfficerADM363/159
14th January 193912th August 1940VernonPetty OfficerADM363/159
13th August 194024th May 1941HoodPetty OfficerADM363/159

Additional Photographs
None at this time.

Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

The part of the memorial in which the Hood casualty names can be found.
(Panels 45 to 61)

Horace's name is in Column 2 of Panel 46.

Detail of Horace's name.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
The National Archives (ADM 188/730)
David Davies (photo & information, June 2008)