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Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Rupert Thomas Swanborough

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Date of birth: 24th May 1920
Place of birth: Reading, Berkshire, England
Parents: Thomas and Elizabeth Swanborough
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Cook (O)
Service Number: P/MX 57363
Joined Hood: 11th September 1939 (Cook (O))
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Cook (O))
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Biographical Information:

Rupert was born on 24th May 1920 to Thomas and Elizabeth Swanborough, of Reading, Berkshire. He is known to have had a sister named Joyce. He was 21 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos

The photo shows Rupert (left) with his friend Arthur Jack Cox (q.v.) who was also from Reading and who also died in Hood's sinking.

Rupert Swanborourgh paddling an inflatable. He is indicated by an 'X'.

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)

Rupert's name is in Column 1 of Panel 58.

Detail of Rupert'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)
John Baker (photo, 2001)
Martin Taplin (information, December 2012)
Sean Taplin, great-nephew, photos and information about Rupert Swanborough and his friend Arthur Cox, January 2024.