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In Remembrance of
Stanley Watkinson

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Date of birth: 9th October 1919
Place of birth: Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, England
Parents: Henry and Ann Watkinson
Service: Royal New Zealand Navy
Rank: Paymaster Sub-Lieutenant
Joined Hood: 3rd December 1940
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Paymaster Sub-Lieutenant)
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Biographical Information:

Stanley was born on 9th October 1919 in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire. He was the second son of Henry and Ann Watkinson, (nee Smith). His family emigrated to New Zealand in the mid 1920's. They settled in Hastings, Hawkes Bay.

After completing school, Stanley worked as a clerk. He remained in this position until he joined the Royal New Zealand Navy. He was part of a scheme to provide potential New Zealand naval officers six months intensive training aboard Royal Navy vessels before being appointed to New Zealand vessels. He departed New Zealand in September 1940 and was posted to Hood that December. She was his only ship.

Stanley 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

Photos of the memorial

New Zealand Naval War Memorial, Devonport, Aukland, North Island, New Zealand

Photos of the memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
His nephew, Doug Watkinson (photo & information, May 2010)