-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
Thomas Nelson Smith

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Date of birth: 23rd July 1920
Place of birth: Odiham, Hampshire, England
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Stoker 1st Class
Service Number: P/KX 100491
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

"Sonny" as he was known to his family, was born on 23rd July 1920 to parents George and Fanny Smith of Odiham Hants. He was the youngest of their children. He worked as a nurseryman in his teen years.

Sonny joined the Royal Navy on 27th December 1939. He was first posted to H.M.S. Victory as a Stoker 2nd Class. He joined H.M.S. Hood on 29th April 1940. He was promoted to Stoker 1st Class on 27th December of that year. He was 20 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos

Thomas with three mates in the Victoria Gardens, Gibraltar in July 1940 (after Hood has returned from the bombardment of the French fleet at Mers-el-Kebir.
All four were lost with the ship.
L to R: Eric Eldred, Thomas, Frederick John Scattergood and Eddie Allen.

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

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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)

Thomas's name is in Column 3 of Panel 55.

Detail of Thomas'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)
Thomas' niece's husband, D.W. Sparkes (photo, 2001)
Bill Batchelor (information, Feb 2005)
Jason Robinson (photographs), January 2021