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Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Frank Snowden Potts

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Date of birth: 18th January 1920
Place of birth: West Hartlepool, County Durham, England
Parents: Albert and Dorothy Potts
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Writer
Service Number: P/MX 67850
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Frank was born on 18th January 1920, the only son of Albert and Dorothy Potts, of Colwyn Road, West Hartlepool, County Durham. He was educated at West Hartlepool Secondary School where he became head boy. After school, he joined the staff of the Borough’s Treasurer’s Department of West Hartlepool Corporation. He was a keen sportsman and participated in swimming and rowing clubs. He also played rugby for the Secondary School Old Boys (for whose Association he also served as secretary).

Frank volunteered to joing the Navy shortly after the start of the Second World War. He served in the Home Guard whilst waiting to be called to Navy duty. He was 21 years old at the time of his loss.

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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

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The part of the memorial in which the Hood casualty names can be found.
(Panels 45 to 61)

Frank's name is in Column 2 of Panel 57.

Detail of Frank'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)
Gillian Smith (information derived from summer 1941 editions of The Hartlepool Mail, June 2015)