-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 Albert Pike

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Date of birth: 28th March 1920
Place of birth: Westbury, Wiltshire, England
Parents: William and Sarah Pike
Service: Royal Marines
Rank: Musician
Service Number: RMB/X 738
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

William, known to his family as Billy, was born on 28th March 1920 in Westbury, Wiltshire to William and Sarah Pike. His action station at the time of his loss was the 15-inch Transmitting Station. He was 21 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos

An uncropped photo of Billy

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 3 of Panel 59.

Detail of William's name.

Royal Marine Band School of Music, H.M.S. Nelson, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

The memorial lists the names of all Royal Marines Musicians lost during World War 2.

William's name along with the other men from Hood's Royal Marine Band.
(Detail from the bottom of the left hand panel.)

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Barry Saunders (photograph), June 2020
Chris Chalkley (photographs of Royal Marine Band Memorial), November 2021