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In Remembrance of
Leonard Frederick William Mitchell

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Date of birth: 23rd October 1920
Place of birth: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Parents: Albert and Alice Mitchell
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 152737
Joined Hood: 30th April 1938 (Boy 1st Class)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Able Seaman)
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Biographical Information:

Leonard was born on 23rd October 1920 to Albert and Alice Mitchell, of Fratton, Portsmouth, Hampshire. He joined the Royal Navy on 13th April 1937 as a Boy 2nd Class. His training took place in H.M.S. St. Vincent and H.M.S. Iron Duke. Joining Hood as a Boy 1st Class on 30th April 1938, he was rated Ordinary Seaman on his 18th birthday - 23rd October 1938 - and was promoted to Able Seaman on 22nd January 1940. He was 20 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
13th April 193719th November 1937St. VincentBoy 2nd ClassService record (ADM363)
20th November 19373rd February 1938St. VincentBoy 1st ClassService record (ADM363)
4th February 193829th April 1938Iron DukeBoy 1st ClassService record (ADM363)
30th April 193822nd October 1938HoodBoy 1st ClassService record (ADM363)
23rd October 193821st January 1940HoodOrdinary SeamanService record (ADM363)
22nd January 194024th May 1941HoodAble SeamanService record (ADM363)

Additional Photos


Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea, Hampshire, England

No photographs are available of this memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Robert Mitchell, Leonard's great nephew, photos and information, November 2020