-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
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:
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)

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 & Laura Bell of Birmingham. He joined the Royal Navy in 1937, age just 15 ½. 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 & Margaret. He has 7 nephews & nieces 12 great nephews & nieces & nine great great nephews & nieces. He is still part of their lives and will be revered by them for all time. We have no additional information.

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Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 52, Column 1

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)
His nephew, Simon Richards (photo & information, March 2006)