-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
William Nelson

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Date of birth: 26th April 1905
Place of birth: Frizington, Cumberland, England
Wife: Margaret Nelson
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Stoker 2nd Class
Service Number: P/KX 116642
Joined Hood: 19th February 1941
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Stoker 2nd Class)
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Biographical Information:

William was born on 26th April 1905 at Frizington, Cumberland to Robert and Mary Ellen Nelson. He is known to have had an older brother named Robert. He was educated at Arlecdon and Frizington. William married Margaret Teresa Kemp and they subsequently moved to Carlisle. Their first child, William, was born in April 1940.

William joined the Royal Navy on 4th November 1940. He was trained at H.M.S. Collingwood from 4th November to 8th December 1940. He was then assigned to H.M.S. Victory from 9th December 1940 to 18th February 1941. He was posted to H.M.S. Hood on 19th February 1941. He was 36 years old at the time of his loss. William and Margaret's second child, their daughter Margaret, was born just seven days after William's death.

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)

William's name is in Column 2 of Panel 56.

Detail of William'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)
Mrs J. Blacklaws (photo, 2001)
His son, William Nelson (information, July & September 2008)