-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
Harold George Leach

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Date of birth: 9th January 1908
Place of birth: Marylebone, London, England
Parents: Henry and Frances Leach
Wife: Elizabeth Leach
Previous occupation: Cinema Operator
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Mechanician 1st Class
Service Number: P/KX 76485
Joined Hood: 18th October 1939 (Mechanician 2nd Class)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Mechanician 1st Class)
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Biographical Information:

Harold was born on 9th January 1908 in Marylebone, London to Henry and Frances Leach. He was the husband of Elizabeth Leach, of Southsea, Hampshire. He was 33 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
28th June 19268th December 1926Victory IIStoker 2nd ClassADM362/1
9th December 192614th May 1927FuriousStoker 2nd ClassADM362/1
15th May 19273rd January 1928FuriousStoker 1st ClassADM362/1
4th January 192830th April 1928Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM362/1
1st May 192831st May 1928Columbine (Campbell)Stoker 1st ClassADM362/1
1st June 192821st March 1930Victory II (Campbell)Stoker 1st ClassADM362/1
22nd March 193031st March 1931Egmont II - II (Witch)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/572
1st April 193115th May 1931Victory II - IV (Witch)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/572
16th May 19315th November 1931Victory II - VIStoker 1st ClassADM363/572
6th November 193123rd December 1931FisgardStoker 1st ClassADM363/572
24th December 193116th September 1932Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/572
17th September 19322nd September 1934Iron DukeStoker 1st ClassADM363/572
3rd September 193419th September 1934Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/572
20th September 19342nd November 1934DolphinStoker 1st ClassADM363/572
3rd November 193412th February 1935Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/572
13th February 193513th February 1935Victory IIActing Leading StokerADM363/572
14th February 19353rd May 1935Victory IIActing Stoker Petty OfficerADM363/572
4th May 193513th February 1936CourageousActing Stoker Petty OfficerADM363/572
14th February 19362nd June 1936CourageousStoker Petty OfficerADM363/572
3rd June 193630th June 1936Victory IIStoker Petty OfficerADM363/572
1st July 193628th June 1938Drake IIStoker Petty OfficerADM363/572
29th June 193830th June 1938Victory IIStoker Petty OfficerADM363/572
1st July 19386th September 1938Victory IIMechanician 2nd ClassADM363/572
7th September 19385th October 1939Iron DukeMechanician 2nd ClassADM363/572
6th October 193917th October 1939Victory IIMechanician 2nd ClassADM363/572
18th October 193928th December 1939HoodMechanician 2nd ClassADM363/572
29th December 193924th May 1941HoodMechanician 1st ClassADM363/572

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)

Harold's name is in Column 3 of Panel 53.

Detail of Harold'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)
Harold's daughter, Jo Reeder (Photo, 2001)