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In Remembrance of
John William Hawthorne

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Date of birth: 11th January 1902
Place of birth: Farnborough, Hampshire, England
Wife: Kate E. Hawthorne
Previous occupation: Horse Boy
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Chief Petty Officer Cook (O)
Service Number: P/L 12683
Joined Hood: 2nd June 1939
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Chief Petty Officer Cook (O))
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Biographical Information:

John was born on 11 January 1902 in Farnborough, Hampshire to John and Phoebe Hawthorne. Sadly, his mother died of cancer when he was only a few weeks old. John married Kate Cooper and together they had 7 children- Winifred, Alfred, Ethel, Violet, George, Margaret and John. His sons Alfred and John also went on to serve in the Navy.

John joined the Navy in August 1919 and was assigned to H.M.S. Victory (which he would later be assigned to another 14 times). During his career he also served in many ships lastly H.M.S. Hood which he joined on 2nd June 1939. John's sons Alfred (Alfie) and John also went on to serve in the Navy.

John was 39 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and ratings held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
11th August 191913th December 1919Victory III[Illegible]ADM188/1013
14th December 191910th January 1921Dryad[Illegible]ADM188/1013
11th January 192128th February 1921DryadOfficers' Cook 3rd ClassADM188/1013
1st March 192113th April 1921Victory IIIOfficers' Cook 3rd ClassADM188/1013
14th April 192125th August 1921CaledonOfficers' Cook 3rd ClassADM188/1013
26th August 192131st July 1922CuracoaOfficers' Cook 3rd ClassADM188/1013
1st August 192230th June 1923Victory IIIOfficers' Cook 3rd ClassADM188/1013
1st July 192318th September 1924Victory IIIOfficers' Cook 2nd ClassADM188/1013
19th September 19248th April 1925Columbine (Serapis)Officers' Cook 2nd ClassADM188/1013
9th April 19251st July 1925Victory IIOfficers' Cook 2nd ClassADM188/1013
2nd July 192526th September 1925EffinghamOfficers' Cook 2nd ClassADM188/1013
27th September 192519th October 1925ChathamOfficers' Cook 2nd ClassADM188/1013
20th October 192510th January 1926Victory IIOfficers' Cook 2nd ClassADM188/1013
11th January 192626th August 1927Iron DukeOfficers' Cook 2nd ClassADM188/1013
27th August 192716th July 1928ExcellentOfficers' Cook 2nd ClassADM188/1013
17th July 192824th September 1928ExcellentOfficers' Cook 1st ClassADM188/1013
25th September 19283rd December 1928Victory IIOfficers' Cook 1st ClassADM188/1013
4th December 192828th December 1928Constance (Dartmouth)Officers' Cook 1st ClassADM188/1013
29th December 192824th June 1929DartmouthOfficers' Cook 1st ClassADM188/1013
25th June 192910th July 1929Victory II - VOfficers' Cook 1st ClassADM363/144
11th July 19293rd September 1929Pembroke II - IVOfficers' Cook 1st ClassADM363/144
4th September 19294th September 1929CuracoaOfficers' Cook 1st ClassADM363/144
5th September 192911th September 1929CardiffOfficers' Cook 1st ClassADM363/144
12th September 192912th September 1929Pegasus (Cardiff)Officers' Cook 1st ClassADM363/144
13th September 192927th September 1929Victory II - VOfficers' Cook 1st ClassADM363/144
28th September 19293rd October 1929CurlewOfficers' Cook 1st ClassADM363/144
4th October 192923rd October 1929Pembroke II - VOfficers' Cook 1st ClassADM363/144
24th October 192910th January 1930Victory II - VOfficers' Cook 1st ClassADM363/144
11th January 193026th February 1930ResourceOfficers' Cook 1st ClassADM363/144
27th February 19304th July 1930Victory II - VOfficers' Cook 1st ClassADM363/144
5th July 19308th August 1930ConcordOfficers' Cook 1st ClassADM363/144
9th August 193026th September 1930ConstanceOfficers' Cook 1st ClassADM363/144
27th September 193024th April 1931CourageousOfficers' Cook 1st ClassADM363/144
25th April 193116th June 1931Victory II - VOfficers' Cook 1st ClassADM363/144
17th June 19318th May 1933Victory II - IV (Campbell)Officers' Cook 1st ClassADM363/144
9th May 193329th May 1933Victory IIOfficers' Cook 1st ClassADM363/144
30th May 193329th August 1935VernonOfficers' Cook 1st ClassADM363/144
30th August 193519th June 1936NelsonOfficers' Cook 1st ClassADM363/144
20th June 193617th August 1936Victory IIOfficers' Cook 1st ClassADM363/144
18th August 193618th August 1937Boscowen (Halcyon)Officers' Cook 1st ClassADM363/144
19th August 193723rd September 1937Boscowen (Halcyon)Officers' Chief CookADM363/144
24th September 193715th November 1938Victory IIOfficers' Chief CookADM363/144
16th November 193827th April 1939Ark RoyalOfficers' Chief CookADM363/144
28th April 19391st June 1939Victory IIOfficers' Chief CookADM363/144
2nd June 193924th May 1941HoodOfficers' Chief CookADM363/144

Additional Photos

John, Kate and three of their children (L-R: Winifred, Ethel and Alfie)

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)

John's name is in Column 3 of Panel 57.

Detail of John'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 188/1013)
His great-granddaughter, Sarah Carey (photo and information, November 2010)