-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
James William Wallace

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Date of birth: 11th December 1917
Place of birth: Sunderland, County Durham, England
Parents: James and Margaret Wallace
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Leading Stoker
Service Number: P/KX 92977
Joined Hood:
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)







Biographical Information:

"Jimmy", as he was known to his family, was born on 11th December 1917 to James and Margaret Wallace, of Sunderland, County Durham. After leaving school, he moved to Edinburgh to live with one of his sisters. He took a job as a page boy in a cinema in Gorgie Road. He later moved to Slough, and took a job as a cabinet maker. In 1936, he and nine other friends decided to join the military. Jimmy chose the Navy and signed on for 12 years. His first and only ship was H.M.S. Hood.

Jimmy was taking school courses and was also planning on a further 10 year enlistment when Hood made her final sailing. He was serving as an Leading Stoker and was 23 years old at the time of his loss.





Additional Photos



Photo of a very young Jimmy and fellow schoolboys




Jimmy as a cinema usher




Photos of Jimmy and fellow sailors from H.M.S. Victory




















Memorials

Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 54, Column 3






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)
Jimmy's nephew, David Wallace (photos & information, December 2003 & June 2009)