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Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Arthur Reginald Batchelor

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Date of birth: 26th November 1900
Place of birth: Madras, India
Parents: Arthur and Charlotte Batchelor
Wife: Doris Elizabeth Batchelor
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Yeoman of Signals
Service Number: P/J 54353
Joined Hood First time: 31st August 1933 (Acting Yeoman of Signals)
Left Hood First time: 3rd March 1940 (Acting Yeoman of Signals)
Joined Hood Second time: 11th August 1940 (Yeoman of Signals)
Left Hood Second time: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Yeoman of Signals)
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Biographical Information:

Arthur was born on 26th November 1900 in Madras, India, to parents Arthur and Charlotte Batchelor. Arthur joined the Navy on 20th June 1916 and entered the signals branch in February of the following year.

Whilst ashore, Arthur continued to live with his parents in Dorking throughout the 1920s. On 3rd September 1932 he married Doris Elizabeth Bussey at Christ Church, Norwood. The couple had a daughter, June, in 1933 and lived in Norwood throughout the 1930s. Arthur was 40 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
20th June 191624th November 1916ImpregnabaleBoy 2nd ClassADM188/755
25th November 191620th February 1917GangesBoy 2nd ClassADM188/755
21st February 191727th April 1917GangesSignal BoyADM188/755
28th April 191720th November 1918BirminghamSignal BoyADM188/755
21st November 19185th April 1919BirminghamOrdinary SignalmanADM188/755
6th April 191930th June 1919Victory IOrdinary SignalmanADM188/755
1st July 191928th January 1920GreenwichOrdinary SignalmanADM188/755
29th January 192017th July 1921GreenwichSignalmanADM188/755
18th July 192129th November 1921Victory ISignalmanADM188/755
30th November 192120th September 1922VernonSignalmanADM188/755
21st September 192230th January 1923Victory ISignalmanADM188/755
31st January 19234th January 1925Lucia (Adamant)SignalmanADM188/755
5th January 19251st February 1926Victory ISignalmanADM188/755
2nd February 192630th September 1926Egmont II (Wivern)SignalmanADM188/755
1st October 192617th January 1928Tamar II (Wivern)SignalmanADM188/755
18th January 19288th July 1928Tamar II (Wivern)Acting Leading SignalmanADM188/755
9th July 192819th September 1928Victory II (Wivern)Acting Leading SignalmanADM188/755
20th September 19286th November 1928Victory IActing Leading SignalmanADM188/755
7th November 192817th January 1929Osprey (Salmon)Acting Leading SignalmanADM188/755
18th January 192928th April 1929Osprey (Salmon)Leading SignalmanADM363/304
29th April 192930th April 1930ArgusLeading SignalmanADM363/304
1st May 19309th May 1930Victory I - 2Leading SignalmanADM363/304
10th May 193023rd June 1930Dryad (Alresford)Leading SignalmanADM363/304
24th June 193030th June 1930Victory I - 2Leading SignalmanADM363/304
1st July 193031st October 1931FolkstoneLeading SignalmanADM363/304
1st November 193115th July 1932FoweyLeading SignalmanADM363/304
16th July 193230th August 1933Victory ILeading SignalmanADM363/304
31st August 193331st August 1939HoodLeading SignalmanADM363/304
1st September 19393rd March 1940HoodActing Yeoman of SignalsADM363/304
4th March 194010th August 1940RenownActing Yeoman of SignalsADM363/304
11th August 194031st August 1940HoodActing Yeoman of SignalsADM363/304
1st September 194024th May 1941HoodYeoman of SignalsADM363/304

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)

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)
The National Archives (ADM 188/755)
Eileen Christie (service record transcription), June 2020.