-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour
Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Thomas Groves

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Date of birth: 3rd October 1896
Place of birth: Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
Parents: Charles and Annie Groves
Wife: Hilda Groves
Previous occupation: Core Maker
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/ 42697
Joined Hood: 4th December 1940 (Able Seaman)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Able Seaman)
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Biographical Information:

Thomas was born on 3rd October 1896 in Birmingham, Warwickshire to Charles and Annie Groves. He was the husband of Hilda Groves, of Handsworth, Birmingham. He was 44 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and ratings held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
14th January 191511th June 1915Victory IOrdinary SeamanADM188/732
12th June 191515th October 1917Queen ElizabethOrdinary SeamanADM188/732
16th October 191715th November 1920Queen ElizabethAble SeamanADM188/732
16th November 192010th July 1923VernonAble SeamanADM188/732
11th July 19235th June 1924Columbine (Vendetta)Able SeamanADM188/732
6th June 192427th June 1924Victory IAble SeamanADM188/732
28th June 192414th October 1924VernonAble SeamanADM188/732
15th October 192431st December 1924WeymouthAble SeamanADM188/732
1st January 192513th December 1927DespatchAble SeamanADM188/732
14th December 19272nd March 1928Victory IAble SeamanADM188/732
3rd March 192817th May 1928VernonAble SeamanADM188/732
18th May 192825th May 1928St. VincentAble SeamanADM188/732
26th May 19288th October 1928YarmouthAble SeamanADM188/732
9th October 19286th June 1929ConcordAble SeamanADM188/732
7th June 192910th November 1931Iron DukeAble SeamanADM363/152
11th November 193127th November 1931Victory IAble SeamanADM363/152
28th November 19317th May 1933VernonAble SeamanADM363/152
8th May 19334th October 1933Glorious (Searcher)Able SeamanADM363/152
5th October 193323rd August 1935Royal SovereignAble SeamanADM363/152
24th August 193522nd March 1936CuracoaAble SeamanADM363/152
23rd March 19369th August 1936DauntlessAble SeamanADM363/152
10th August 193618th August 1936Effingham (Dauntless)Able SeamanADM363/152
19th August 193630th July 1939Hawkins (Dauntless)Able SeamanADM363/152
31st July 19395th December 1939VernonAble SeamanADM363/152
6th December 193920th December 1939Victory IIIAble SeamanADM363/152
21st December 193927th April 1940Lynx (Princess Elizabeth)Able SeamanADM363/152
28th April 19403rd December 1940Victory IAble SeamanADM363/152
4th December 194024th May 1941HoodAble SeamanADM363/152

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)

Thomas's name is in Column 1 of Panel 48.

Detail of Thomas'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)