-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

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Harry Gomer

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Date of birth: 13th February 1901
Place of birth: Sutton Scotney, Hampshire, England
Parents: Harry and Emily Gomer
Wife: Marion Gomer
Service: Royal Marines
Rank: Marine
Service Number: PO/ 216871
Joined Hood: 27th August 1939 (Marine)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Marine)






Biographical Information:

Harry was born on 13th February 1901 in Sedgefield, County Durham to Harry and Emily Gomer. The family later lived in Sutton Scotney. He worked as a grocer's assistant prior to joining the Royal Marines at Eastney in 1919. He was subsequently trained at Deal and received his certificate in December 1919.

He was trained in gunnery. He was officially rated a Gunner in 1920/1921. He served in a number of ships and shore establishments throughout the 1920s and 1930s. These would include H.M.S. Warspite, H.M.S. Lowestoft and H.M.S. Revenge. During this time period he received Good Conduct badges (1922, 1927 and 1932). He would add the South Africa Star and Atlantic Star to his list of medals in later years.

He married his wife Marion in Swanmore, Hampshire in 1928. They set-up house on Spring Lane. Over the next three years they had two sons, Godfrey (born 1931) and Philip.

Harry served aboard the Royal Yacht Victoria & Albert from 13th August 1936 until 26 August 1939. He was then transferred to H.M.S. Hood. He served in Hood from 27th August 1939 until 22nd April 1940. He rejoined the ship on 28th April 1940. He is believed to have served in her Royal Marine-operated gun house and was manning his position when the ship was lost.

Harry was 40 years old at the time of his loss.





Additional Photos



Harry as a young man




Harry, Marion and the boys




Harry and fellow Marines




Harry and fellow Marines





Memorials

Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 59, Column 1






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






St. Barnabas Church, Swanmore









Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Gill Karaviotis (Photo, July 2005)
His granddaughter, Mandy Gomer (Photos & Information, December 2006)
David Davies (photo & information, June 2008)