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In Remembrance of
William Leonard Ramsbotham

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Date of birth: 17th September 1897
Place of birth: Manchester, Lancashire, England
Parents: Joseph and Sarah Ramsbotham
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Shipwright 4th Class
Service Number: P/MX 67742
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Leonard, as he was known, was born on 17th September 1897 in Manchester, Lancashire. He was the youngest of seven children (1 girl, 6 boys) born to Joseph and Sarah Ramsbotham. He was born and raised in Blackley, Lancashire where his father was Sexton of St. Peter's Church. Close ties were maintained with his mother's family, the Hughes, of Leighton, Montgomeryshire.

Leonard emigrated to Canada in the late 1920's. He lived in Vancouver for 3 years. He returned to England because his mother was ill. She died in 1932. He never married.

Leonard was 43 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)

William's name is in Column 3 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)
Leonard's niece, Joan Holubov, November 2005