-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
Geoffrey Vivian Beardsley

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Date of birth: 22nd July 1917
Place of birth: Bournemouth, Hampshire, England
Wife: Peggy Beardsley
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Joiner 4th Class
Service Number: P/MX 58969
Joined Hood:
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)

Biographical Information:

Geoffrey was born on 22nd July 1917 in Bournemouth, Hampshire. He was the husband of Peggy Beardsley, of Westbourne, Sussex. A contemporary newspaper clipping from the Portsmouth News (see below) states that, before joining the Royal Navy, Geoffrey had been in the Sea Scouts and a pupil at Southbourne school where he had shown considerable abililty as an artist.

His artistic ability is confirmed byTom Edwards, who as a child lived at Whitbourne with his cousin Peggy Edwards who was later to become Geoffreys wife. Tom remembers that he had known Geoff for about three years and 'would pester him to sketch me wonderful pictures of Red Indians when on leave'.

Geoffrey was 23 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos

Geoff and Peggy's wedding

Peggy in uniform

The envelope from the letter to Geoff's friend Tommy Edwards bearing the censor's mark from Hood

The letter to Tommy Edwards

A newspaper clipping following Geoff's death


Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 56, Column 3

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)
Tom Edwards (photo and information, February 2001)
ADM 101/565