-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 Frederick Pearce

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Date of birth: 12th September 1907
Place of birth: Dugshai, India
Parents: William and Alice Pearce
Wife: Ivy Pearce
Previous occupation: Sheet Metal Worker
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Petty Officer
Service Number: P/J 109557
Joined Hood: 10th September 1937 (Petty Officer)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Petty Officer)
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Biographical Information:

"Fred," as he was known to his family and friends, was born on 12th September 1907 in Dugshai, India to Thomas and Alice Pearce. He was the husband of Ivy Pearce, of Southsea, Hampshire. Fred was regarded as a talented singer and may have been involved in singing activities aboard Hood. He was 33 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
7th February 19245th October 1924ImpregnableBoy 2nd ClassADM188/866
6th October 19244th December 1924ImpregnableBoy 1st ClassADM188/866
5th December 192411th September 1925RevengeBoy 1st ClassADM188/866
12th September 192511th January 1926RevengeOrdinary SeamanADM188/866
12th January 192611th March 1926Columbine (Valhalla)Ordinary SeamanADM188/866
12th March 192631st March 1926Columbine (Valhalla)Able SeamanADM188/866
1st April 192631st August 1926Columbine (Windsor)Able SeamanADM188/866
1st September 192631st December 1928FuriousAble SeamanADM188/866
1st January 19292nd April 1930Victory I - IIIAble SeamanADM363/421
3rd April 193031st December 1932VerbenaAble SeamanADM363/421
1st January 19331st May 1933Victory I - IIIAble SeamanADM363/421
2nd May 193328th December 1933Victory I (Victory Ship)Able SeamanADM363/421
29th December 193330th January 1934Victory I (Victory Ship)Acting Leading SeamanADM363/421
31st January 193428th December 1934ChallengerActing Leading SeamanADM363/421
29th December 193411th February 1935ChallengerLeading SeamanADM363/421
12th February 193514th February 1935Victory ILeading SeamanADM363/421
15th February 193518th June 1935ExcellentLeading SeamanADM363/421
19th June 193529th August 1935Victory ILeading SeamanADM363/421
30th August 193531st March 1936BarhamLeading SeamanADM363/421
1st April 193623rd July 1936BarhamActing Petty OfficerADM363/421
24th July 19363rd September 1936Victory IActing Petty OfficerADM363/421
4th September 193631st March 1937ExcellentActing Petty OfficerADM363/421
1st April 19379th September 1937ExcellentPetty OfficerADM363/421
10th September 193724th May 1941HoodPetty OfficerADM363/421

Additional Photographs
None at this time.

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 46.

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)
Fred's niece, Joan Carter (photo & information, February 2003)