-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour
Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Walter Swanson Latimer

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Date of birth: 5th September 1920
Place of birth: Thurso, Caithness, Scotland
Parents: Mrs. A. Latimer
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordinary Seaman
Service Number: P/SSX 29467
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Walter was born on 5th September 1920 to Mrs. A. Latimer, of Thurso, Caithness, Scotland. He was educated at Miller Academy, Thurso. At the time of his loss he was just 20 years old.

Additional Photos

Walter Latimer (fourth from left, back row) with his comrades on one of Hood's twin 4" guns. These guns, which had good capability against aircraft as well as surface targets, were fitted to Hood in 1940, replacing the elderly 5.5" guns previously fitted.

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)

Walter's name is in Column 3 of Panel 50.

Detail of Walter'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)
Mr Neil Smith, family member, photo November 2023.