-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
Anthony Roger Townend Batley

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Date of birth: 28th October 1904
Parents: Sidney Townend Batley and Margaret Batley
Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Rank: Lieutenant-Commander, RNVR
Service Number: none
Joined Hood: 26th March 1941
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)

Biographical Information:

'Roger' as he was known to friends and family, was born on 29th March 1901 in Leeds, Yorkshire to Sidney and Margaret Batley.

Roger was educated at Lancing College from 1915 to 1919. He went to work for Messers. Greenwood and Batley Ltd of Albion Works in Leeds. He later joined the Royal Naval Volunteer as a Lieutenant. He was ultimately promoted to Lieutenant-Commander in November 1939.

Roger was 40 years old at the time of his loss.

Click here to access a pages containing transcriptions of letters that Roger wrote home in April and May 1941

Additional Photographs
None at this time.


Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 60, Column 2

Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 60, Column 2

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

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
ADM 53/114436, Hood's Log for March 1941
His nephew Roger Pyrah (photo & information, 2001)
John Hamblin (information, March 2010)