-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
William Charles Todd

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Date of birth: 8th June 1906
Place of birth: Norwich, Norfolk, England
Parents: Ernest and Ruth Todd
Wife: Martha Todd
Previous occupation: Shop Assistant
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Stoker 1st Class
Service Number: P/K 64181
Joined Hood: 6th May 1941 (Stoker 1st Class)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Stoker 1st Class)
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Biographical Information:

William was born on 8th June 1906 in Norwich, Norfolk to Ernest and Ruth Todd. He was the husband of Martha Todd, of Hillingdon, Middlesex. William was a naval career man. He joined the Navy in the 1920s. He was a naval boxing champion in the late 1920s for two or three years in a row. He was known to have been serving in H.M.S. Warspite in 1941. he has taken ill and was hospitalised. Upon release from hospital, he was reassigned to H.M.S. Hood.

He was 34 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and ratings held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
23rd June 19244th January 1925Victory IIStoker 2nd ClassADM362/30
5th January 192522nd June 1925LuciaStoker 2nd ClassADM362/30
23rd June 19258th December 1926LuciaStoker 1st ClassADM362/30
9th December 192610th March 1927Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM362/30
11th March 19277th November 1928WarspiteStoker 1st ClassADM362/30
8th November 192810th December 1928Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM362/30
11th December 192819th December 1929Osprey (Torrid)Stoker 1st ClassADM362/30
20th December 192923rd March 1930Victory II - VIStoker 1st ClassADM363/226
24th March 193022nd June 1931ResourceStoker 1st ClassADM363/226
23rd June 19315th March 1932CoventryStoker 1st ClassADM363/226
6th March 193211th April 1932Victory II (Winchelsea)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/226
12th April 193230th April 1932Frobisher (Winchelsea)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/226
1st May 193227th September 1938 Shore Free Discharged (Joined Royal Fleet Reserve)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/226
28th September 19383rd October 1938Victory II - I (Mobilised)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/226
4th October 1938DemobilisedStoker 1st ClassADM363/226
23rd August 193930th September 1939Dolphin (Winchelsea)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/226
1st October 193911th February 1941Eaglet (Winchelsea)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/226
12th February 19415th May 1941Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/226
6th May 194124th May 1941HoodStoker 1st ClassADM363/226

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)

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

Detail of William'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)
His son, Dennis Todd (photo, 2001)
His daughter, Margaret Jerkins (information, Sep 2006)