-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 Foreman Waters

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Date of birth: 1st August 1909
Place of birth: Blucher, Walbottle, Northumberland, England
Parents: Henry and Annie Waters
Wife: Elizabeth Waters
Previous occupation: Miner
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Stoker 1st Class
Service Number: P/KX 78562
Joined Hood First time: 31st August 1933 (Stoker 1st Class)
Left Hood First time: 30th November 1934 (Stoker 1st Class)
Joined Hood Second time: 2nd June 1939 (Stoker 1st Class)
Left Hood Second time: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Stoker 1st Class)
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Biographical Information:

William was born on 1st August 1909 in Blucher, Walbottle, Northumberland to Henry and Annie Waters. The family lived in Throckley. He was the husband of Elizabeth Waters, of Throckley, Northumberland. He was the father of William "Billy" Waters. He was 31 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and ratings held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
18th August 19271st January 1928Victory IIStoker 2nd ClassADM362/54
2nd January 192817th July 1928FuriousStoker 2nd ClassADM362/54
18th July 19286th January 1930FuriousStoker 1st ClassADM362/54
7th January 193014th September 1930Victory II - VIStoker 1st ClassADM363/585
15th September 193031st January 1931Royal SovereignStoker 1st ClassADM363/585
1st February 19319th March 1932Egmont II (Winchelsea)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/585
10th March 193211th April 1932Victory II (Winchelsea)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/585
12th April 19324th May 1932Frobisher (Winchelsea)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/585
5th May 193224th May 1932Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/585
25th May 193230th August 1933VernonStoker 1st ClassADM363/585
31st August 193330th November 1933HoodStoker 1st ClassADM363/585
1st December 193319th February 1935Dolphin (S.C.)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/585
20th February 19355th March 1935Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/585
6th March 19351st May 1935St. VincentStoker 1st ClassADM363/585
2nd May 193520th November 1935Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/585
21st November 193526th January 1936Pembroke II (Enterprise)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/585
27th January 193618th March 1938EnterpriseStoker 1st ClassADM363/585
19th March 19381st March 1939Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/585
2nd March 193924th May 1941HoodStoker 1st ClassADM363/585

Additional Photos

William and Elizabeth

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)
Charles Walters (photos, March 2004)
Elizabeth Dartnell (information, October 2009)