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Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

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In Remembrance of
Herbert William Llewellyn Batten

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Date of birth: 2nd December 1922
Place of birth: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Parents: Herbert Thomas Carpenter Batten and Mary Queen Batten
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordinary Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 158400
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

"Bertie" as he was known to his family was born on 2nd December 1922 in Portsmouth, Hampshire to Herbert and Mary Batten. The family lived in Fareham, Hampshire. He attended The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook from November 1934 to May 1938. He entered the Navy and was trained at H.M.S. St Vincent.

Bertie was related by marriage to Petty Officer Edward James Purnell Bishop who was also lost when Hood was sunk.

A precious family memory was of a night before they set sail from Rosyth on the last voyage Bertie had spent an evening with his Auntie Annie and cousins in Fallin near Stirling playing cards. He was never forgotten by all the family they always spoke fondly of him and were heartbroken for their young cousin when he died. Bertie had one sister, Rosemary, who passed away in 2019.

He was 18 years old at the time of his loss.

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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)

Herbert's name is in Column 1 of Panel 50.

Detail of Herbert'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)
Monty Callow, Alumni Relations Officer, The Royal Hospital School (information, November 2016)
Mr Frank Stamp - sent photo 2021.