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In Remembrance of
George William Horton

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Date of birth: 30th April 1910
Place of birth: Exeter, Devon, England
Parents: George and Kate Horton
Wife: Rosemary Horton
Previous occupation: Footman
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Petty Officer Steward
Service Number: D/LX 20902
Joined Hood First time: 30th May 1939 (Leading Steward)
Left Hood First time: 3rd March 1940 (Leading Steward)
Joined Hood Second time: 11th August 1940 (Petty Officer Steward (Temporary))
Left Hood Second time: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Petty Officer Steward (Temporary))
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Biographical Information:

George was born on 30th April 1910 in Exeter, Devonshire to George and Kate Horton. He was the husband of Rosemary Horton, of St. Austell, Cornwall.

George entered the Royal Navy in the late 1920s. He subsequently served in the ships shown below. He was Mentioned in Despatches for his service in Norwegian Waters in the Spring / Summer of 1940. (London Gazette 2nd January 1942 No. 35407.

His rank is subject to debate as official records show him to have been a Petty Officer Steward, but his family claims 1942 paperwork showing him to be a Chief Petty Officer. He was 31 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
17th January 192930th July 1930Victory II - IVOfficers' Steward 4th ClassADM363/599
31st July 19304th January 1931CourageousOfficers' Steward 4th ClassADM363/599
5th January 193116th January 1931TigerOfficers' Steward 4th ClassADM363/599
17th January 193114th May 1931TigerOfficers' Steward 3rd ClassADM363/599
15th May 19311st September 1931Vivid II - VOfficers' Steward 3rd ClassADM363/599
2nd September 193130th September 1931Comus (Broke)Officers' Steward 3rd ClassADM363/599
1st October 19317th November 1933Comus (Broke)StewardADM363/599
8th November 193330th November 1933Comus (Castor)StewardADM363/599
1st December 19332nd February 1934Caledon (Castor)StewardADM363/599
3rd February 193426th April 1934Caledon (Castor)Leading StewardADM363/599
27th April 193429th August 1935BarhamLeading StewardADM363/599
30th August 19355th January 1936Royal SovereignLeading StewardADM363/599
6th January 193616th August 1938RodneyLeading StewardADM363/599
17th August 193829th May 1939Drake IILeading StewardADM363/599
30th May 19393rd March 1940HoodLeading StewardADM363/599
4th March 19402nd April 1940RenownLeading StewardADM363/599
3rd April 194010th August 1940Petty Officer Steward (Temporary)ADM363/599
11th August 194024th May 1941Petty Officer Steward (Temporary)ADM363/599

Additional Photographs
None at this time.

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

Photos of the memorial

Plymouth Naval Memorial, Plymouth, Devonshire, England

Photos of the memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
His grandson, David Rowe (photo & information, February 2008)
06 March 1942 letter from Drafting Commander for Commodore, RN Barracks, Devonport (ships listing)
30 May 1944 (Ref No, QJ 9123) notice from the Ministry of Pensions (correct rank information)