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Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Thomas Topham

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Date of birth: 9th August 1919
Place of birth: Derby, Derbyshire, England
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/SSX 21608
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Thomas was born on 9th August 1919 in Derby, Derbyshire. He was one of three sons born to Mrs Beatrice Fenton. The family lived at 7 Fife Street, Alvaston.

Thomas worked at the L.M.S. Carriage and Wagon Works, Derby until joining the Navy in 1937. He is known to have survived the sinking of the aircraft carrier H.M.S. Courageous in September 1939. He had two brothers who served in the Army during the war.

Thomas was 21 years old at the time of his loss.

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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 49.

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)
Mary Mckeown (information derived from the "Derby Daily Telegraph", September 2013)