-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
John Watkins

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Date of birth: 30th December 1901
Place of birth: Sunbury, Middlesex, England
Parents: William and Sabina Watkins
Wife: Molly Watkins
Previous occupation: Labourer
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Stoker Petty Officer
Service Number: P/K 63860
Joined Hood: 8th September 1936 (Stoker Petty Officer)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Stoker Petty Officer)
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Biographical Information:

John was born on 30th December 1901 in Sunbury, Middlesex to William and Sabina Watkins. He was the husband of Molly Watkins, of Gosport, Hampshire. He was 39 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
28th April 19249th November 1924Victory IIStoker 2nd ClassADM188/29
10th November 192427th January 1925RevengeStoker 2nd ClassADM188/29
28th January 19256th January 1926RevengeStoker 1st ClassADM188/29
7th January 19261st September 1926Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM188/29
2nd September 192616th September 1926RenownStoker 1st ClassADM188/29
17th September 19263rd February 1927Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM188/29
4th February 19275th April 1927YarmouthStoker 1st ClassADM188/29
6th April 192730th April 1929Bee (Gnat)Stoker 1st ClassADM188/29
1st May 192923rd May 1929CarysfortStoker 1st ClassADM363/139
24th May 19291st October 1929Victory II - VIStoker 1st ClassADM363/139
2nd October 192912th November 1929Dolphin (S.C.)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/139
13th November 192915th April 1930Dolphin (Y Group)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/139
16th April 193027th September 1930Dolphin (S.C.)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/139
28th September 193016th June 1931Dolphin (Phoenix)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/139
17th June 193130th June 1932Medway (Phoenix)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/139
1st July 193231st December 1932Medway (Phoenix)Acting Leading StokerADM363/139
1st January 193315th December 1933Medway (Orpheus)Acting Leading StokerADM363/139
16th December 19336th June 1934Dolphin (S.C.)Acting Leading StokerADM363/139
7th June 193425th June 1934Dolphin (S.C.)Leading StokerADM363/139
26th June 19348th October 1934Dolphin (L53)Leading StokerADM363/139
9th October 19349th October 1934Dolphin (S.C.)Leading StokerADM363/139
10th October 19342nd May 1935Lucia (L27)Leading StokerADM363/139
3rd May 19357th May 1935DolphinLeading StokerADM363/139
8th May 193514th June 1935Victory IILeading StokerADM363/139
15th June 193522nd June 1935Victory II (Saltburn)Leading StokerADM363/139
23rd June 193522nd June 1936Victory II (Saltburn)Acting Stoker Petty OfficerADM363/139
23rd June 193624th August 1936Victory II (Saltburn)Stoker Petty OfficerADM363/139
25th August 19367th September 1936Victory IIStoker Petty OfficerADM363/139
8th September 193624th May 1941HoodStoker Petty OfficerADM363/139

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)

John's name is in Column 1 of Panel 54.

Detail of John'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)