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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: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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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 by Tom Edwards, who as a child lived at Westbourne with his cousin Peggy Edwards who was later to become Geoffrey's 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

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)

Geoffrey's name is in Column 3 of Panel 56.

Detail of Geoffrey'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)
Tom Edwards (photo and information, February 2001)
ADM 101/565