-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
Peter Ross Lapthorn

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Date of birth: July 1921
Place of birth: Alverstoke, Hampshire, England
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. James Lapthorn
Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Rank: Midshipman
Joined Hood: 10th April 1940
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Temporary Midshipman R.N.V.R.)
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Biographical Information:

Peter was born in Alverstoke, Hampshire in July 1921, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Lapthorn.

He was educated at Bradfield College, Berkshire. Immediately on leaving college he joined his father in the world famous firm of sailmakers, Messrs. Ratsey and Lapthorn. He had been in the busines for about eight of nine months when war broke out. Although he had joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in June 1939, he entered the Royal Navy as an Able Seaman, and served in Mr. W.R. Stephenson's yacht Malahne, then engaged on patrol duties. After two months he received his appointment as a midshipman and went to H.M.S. King Alfred for training on completion of which he was appointed to Hood.

Peter was 19 years old at the time of his loss.




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


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Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea, Hampshire, England


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Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
ADM 101/565 (National Archives)
Peter's cousin, Mrs Jean Tink (Photo, 2001)