-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
James Alexander Palmer

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Date of birth: 7th July 1921
Place of birth: Washington, County Durham, England
Parents: Joseph and Esther Palmer
Service: Royal Marines
Rank: Marine
Service Number: PO/X 3487
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Alex, as he was known, was born on 7th July 1921 to Joseph and Esther Palmer, of 27 Grasmere Terrace, Washington Station, County Durham. He worked as a grocery messenger boy at Riddles Stores before joining the Marines in 1938.

James was assigned to Hood after completing training. He was among the men from Hood who participated in Operation "Primrose," the effort to defend Norway from Germany. He was 19 years old at the time of his loss.

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

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
James's nephew, Russell Bloxsom (photo, 2001)
Garry Rowley (information, March 2008)
Irene Gray (information taken from 31st May 1941 "Newcastle Evening Chronicle," July 2017)