-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
Percy Herbert Balch

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Date of birth: 24th August 1910
Place of birth: Alton, Hampshire, England
Parents: Jesse Philip and Emily Lucy Balch
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 126181
Joined Hood First time: 16th June 1931
Left Hood First time: 4th January 1932
Joined Hood Second time: 2nd June 1939
Left Hood Second time: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)

Biographical Information: Percy was born on 24th August 1910 to Jesse and Emily Balch of Piplands, Binsted, Hampshire. As well as his parents, he had 2 sisters, 5 brothers and a 2 month old nephew.

Percy joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Seaman on 17th February 1926 in H.M.S. Impregnable at the age of 15. While serving in the Battleship H.M.S. Nelson he was made an Ordinary Seaman on 24th August 1928 and then an Able Seaman on 22nd February 1930 at the age of 19.

He first served in H.M.S. Hood from 16th June 1931 to 4th January 1932 and was drafted again to her from H.M.S. Vernon on 02 June 1939 as a Control Rating under development.

He was 30 years old. His Mother received his medals.

Additional Photos

Percy (holding book) and his brother Henry (kneeling on left) posing with shipmates aboard an unknown vessel


Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 47, Column 1

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

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
His great-nephew, Michael Nottage (photos & biographical information, September 2003, November 2008, July 2010, June 2011, January 2014, February 2015 & June 2016)