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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
Harold Thompson

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Date of birth: 5th July 1904
Place of birth: Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Previous occupation: Training Ship Boy
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/J 98872
Joined Hood: 31st August 1933 (Able Seaman)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Able Seaman)
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Biographical Information:

Harold was known as "Tommo" to his shipmates. He was born on 5th July 1904 in Leeds, Yorkshire. He is known to have had a brother named Charles and two sisters. Their parents died in 1906/07. He spent much of his time with his relative Joseph White of South Leverton, Nottinghamshire.

Tommo was Hood's librarian and organiser of key sporting events. He was known to be a great help to new ratings joining the ship.

He was 36 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
14th September 192027th November 1920GangesBoy 2nd ClassADM188/844
28th November 192026th October 1921GangesBoy 1st ClassADM188/844
27th October 19212nd January 1922Queen ElizabethBoy 1st ClassADM188/844
3rd January 192228th February 1923Queen ElizabethOrdinary SeamanADM188/844
1st March 192312th May 1924Queen ElizabethAble SeamanADM188/844
13th May 192412th September 1924Victory IAble SeamanADM188/844
13th September 192416th January 1925ExcellentAble SeamanADM188/844
17th January 192516th November 1925Victory IAble SeamanADM188/844
17th November 192531st March 1926Queen Elizabeth (Bryony)Able SeamanADM188/844
1st April 192631st May 1926Malaya (Bryony)Able SeamanADM188/844
1st June 192630th November 1927Warspite (Bryony)Able SeamanADM188/844
1st December 192731st August 1928Queen Elizabeth (Bryony)Able SeamanADM188/844
1st September 192814th December 1928Victory IAble SeamanADM188/844
15th December 192817th January 1929Dryad (Alresford)Able SeamanADM188/844
18th January 192918th April 1929Victory I - IIIAble SeamanADM363/332
19th April 19292nd December 1929ExcellentAble SeamanADM363/332
3rd December 192915th February 1930Victory II - IV (Stuart)Able SeamanADM363/332
16th February 19309th March 1932Egmont II - I (Stuart)Able SeamanADM363/332
10th March 19325th May 1932Victory II (Stuart)Able SeamanADM363/332
6th May 193218th August 1932Victory IAble SeamanADM363/332
19th August 193230th August 1933VernonAble SeamanADM363/332
31st August 193324th May 1941HoodAble SeamanADM363/332

Additional Photos

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)

Harold's name is in Column 3 of Panel 49.

Detail of Harold'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)
Penny Raven (photos & information, August 2017)
Portsmouth Evening News, May 1941
Tommo's shipmate, Ted Briggs (information, 2001)