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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
David Roy Tawney

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Date of birth: 6th October 1918
Place of birth: Gosport, Hampshire, England
Parents: Stephen Daniel and Lily Tawney
Wife: Margaret Tawney
Service: Royal Marines
Rank: Musician
Service Number: RMB/X 568
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

"Roy" as he was known, was born on 6th October 1918, the eighth and youngest child of Steve and Lily Tawney of Gosport. His father and three of his brothers had served in the Navy during the First World War. All three were present at the Battle of Jutland and one brother, Cyril was lost there in the sinking of H.M.S. Black Prince.

Roy joined the Royal Marine Band on 12 June 1933 and subsequently served at the RN School of Music, H.M.S. Orion, H.M.S. Caledonia and H.M.S. Hood. He married Margaret Fleming of Rosyth, Fife in 1940. The couple had two daughters, Lorna and Rae.

Roy was 22 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)

David's name is in Column 1 of Panel 60.

Detail of David's name.

Royal Marine Band School of Music, H.M.S. Nelson, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

The memorial lists the names of all Royal Marines Musicians lost during World War 2.

David's name along with the other men from Hood's Royal Marine Band.
(Detail from the bottom of the left hand panel.)

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
His nephew, Colin Smith (photo & information, December 2006)
Chris Chalkley (photographs of Royal Marine Band Memorial), November 2021