-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour
Memorials to Men Lost in the Sinking of Hood, 24th May 1941

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Peter William Charles Smith

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Date of birth: 13th December 1921
Place of birth: Chatham, Kent, England
Parents: Stanley and Sybil Smith
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Supply Assistant
Service Number: P/MX 71663
Joined Hood:
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Peter was born on 13th December 1921 in Chatham, Kent to Stanley and Sybil Smith. The family later lived in Abingdon, Berkshire. Peter's father was a Navy sickbay man and trainer.

The family then moved to Oxford where his younger brother Brian was born two years later. The two brothers went to school in Oxford and joined the sea cadets in the town. Peter started work with a Department store in Oxford called Elliston and Cavell but later moved to The Cowley Road Hospital and Workhouse as Workhouse Master Clerk. The family later lived in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

Peter joined the Navy and trained at Portsmouth. His brother Brian joined a short time later (and survived the war). Due to illness, Peter was not placed aboard the ship he was originally assigned to. He joined the crew of Hood instead. He was 19 years old at the time of his loss.




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Memorials

Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 57, Column 3






Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire






St. Helen's Church, Abingdon






Cowley Road Hospital, Oxford









Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Phillip Hinton-Smith (photo & information, November 2011)