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In Remembrance of
Arthur Holroyd

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Date of birth: 22nd February 1918
Place of birth: Middlesborough, Yorkshire, England
Parents: Arthur and Hetty Holroyd
Wife: Violet Holroyd
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Sailmaker's Mate
Service Number: P/JX 139833
Joined Hood First time: 1934
Left Hood First time: 1936
Joined Hood Second time: 1939
Left Hood Second time: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Sailmaker's Mate)
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Biographical Information:

Arthur was born 22nd February 1918 in Middlesborough, Yorkshire. He was the eldest of five sons born to Arthur and Hetty Holroyd of Redcar, North Yorkshire.

He joined the Royal Navy at the age of fourteen in 1932. He was trained at H.M.S. Ganges in 1932 as a Boy Seaman. In his short naval career he was twice to serve aboard H.M.S. Hood,the first time as a Boy Seaman during the period 1934 to 1936 and the second time as Sail Makers Mate (Temporary) from 1939 to 1941. The interval between these two postings consisted of an assignment to the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert where he experienced the splendour of King George V's Silver Jubilee at the naval review at Spithead Portsmouth in 1935.

Arthur married Violet Warner of Bexleyheath, Kent in December 1940. There were no children of the marriage. Three of Arthur's brothers were to folow him into the Royal Navy and distinguished themselves in their chosen careers,one of them was involved as an aviator with H.M.S. Ark Royal in the sinking of the Bismarck. Arthur was serving as a Sailmaker's Mate (Temporary) and was 23 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos

Arthur and shipmates at Las Palmas

Arthur and shipmates at Las Palmas

Sports Day 1936 at Gibraltar

Arthur during his first term of service aboard Hood (sometime between 1934 and 1936)

Arthur's Medals

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)

Arthur's name is in Column 1 of Panel 52.

Detail of Arthur'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)
Arthur's widow Violet & his brother Derek Holroyd (photos & information, 2001, November 2003 & June 2013)