-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 Edward Reay

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Date of birth: 9th October 1911
Place of birth: Workington, Cumberland, England
Parents: William and Elizabeth Reay
Wife: Daisy Reay
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Petty Officer
Service Number: P/JX 130543
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

"George" as he was known to his family and friends, was born on 9th October 1911 in Workington, Cumberland to William and Elizabeth Reay. He was married to Daisy Reay, of Sacriston, County Durham. He was the father of Janet Reay (born on the day he died). William was a recipient of the Croix de Guerre, RN, for actions at Narvik. He was 29 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

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)
Brian Reay (photo & information, May 2003)