-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour
Memorials to Men Lost in the Sinking of Hood, 24th May 1941

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Ralph William Trotter

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Date of birth: 28th January 1899
Place of birth: Hinckley, Leicestershire, England
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Petty Officer Telegraphist
Service Number: P/J 34648
Joined Hood:
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)








Biographical Information:

Ralph was born on 28th January 1899 in Hinckley, Leicestershire. He was one of four children (2 girls, 2 boys) born to Nathaniel Joseph Henry Trotter (b 1858 d 1933) and Emma (Mee) Trotter (b 1861 d 9/5/1906).

Ralph joined the Royal Navy during the First World War and served aboard H.M.S. Warspite during the Battle of Jutland. When the Second World War broke out, Ralph was called up from the reserves to join the crew of H.M.S. Hood. Ralph was 42 years old at the time of his loss.

Ralph's service and influence inspired his nephew, John Henry Trotter, to follow him into the Royal Navy in 1937; John's subsequent service involved him in the continuation of the Battle of the Atlantic on convoy duty in the Western Approaches.




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Memorials

Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 52, Column 2






Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire









Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
The National Achives (ADM 188/716)
His great-nephew, Jonathan Trotter (photo & information, January 2008)