-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
Peter Simpson

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Date of birth: 30th March 1923
Place of birth: Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland
Parents: George and Elizabeth Simpson
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordinary Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 159308
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Peter was born on 31st March 1923, at Low Boreland, Kirkcudbright, Kircudbightshire, Scotland to parents George and Elizabeth Simpson. Peter's father was a Turbine driver at Tongland Power Station. Peter was the 2nd eldest of a family of six, Bessie, Jenny, Jackie, Mary and Sheena. The family lived for a short while at Tongland before moving to Greystone, 24, Millburn Street, Kirkcudbright. Peter attended the Johnstone School and Kirkcudbright Academy. On leaving school Peter worked as a message boy with A.D. Brown and Sons, Grocers.

He joined the Royal Navy in 1938. He was trained at H.M.S. Caledonia, Rosyth. Peter joined his first ship, H.M.S. Belfast, upon the outbreak of the Second World War. The Belfast was severely damaged by a German mine on 21 November 1939. This work necessitated a lengthy reconstruction, so most of the crew was reassigned. Peter was transferred to H.M.S. Hood. He remained with Hood until her loss.

Peter was 18 years old at the time of his loss.

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)

Peter's name is in Column 2 of Panel 51.

Detail of Peter'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)
Ian Devlin (information & photo, April 2005)