-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
Ronald Thomas Law Bell

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Date of birth: 11th December 1922
Place of birth: Kings Norton, Warwickshire, England
Parents: Charles and Laura Bell
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordinary Signalman
Service Number: P/JX 157978
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

'Dingle', as he was known to his friends, was born in Kings Norton, Warwickshire on 11th December 1922, the only son of Harry and Laura Bell of Birmingham. He joined the Royal Navy in 1937, age just 15. His initial training took place at H.M.S. Ganges. He was subsequently drafted to H.M.S. Renown in 1938.

After the outbreak of war in 1939, he was drafted to H.M.S. Hood. He was lost in the sinking of Hood on 24th May 1941, his mother's birthday. He was 18 years old at the time of his loss.

He is still mourned by his three sisters Lorna, Barbara and Margaret. He has 7 nephews and nieces 12 great nephews and nieces and nine great great nephews and nieces. He is still part of their lives and will be revered by them for all time. We have no additional information.

Additional Photographs
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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)

Ronald's name is in Column 1 of Panel 52.

Detail of Ronald'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)
His nephew, Simon Richards (photo & information, March 2006)