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In Remembrance of
Reginald Charles Whitehead

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Date of birth: 12th December 1913
Place of birth: Willesden, Middlesex, England
Parents: Arthur and Ellen Whitehead
Wife: Olwyn Whitehead
Service: Royal Marines
Rank: Sergeant
Service Number: PO/X 1038
Joined Hood First time: 1933
Left Hood First time: 1936
Joined Hood Second time: 1939
Left Hood Second time: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Seageant)
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Biographical Information:

Reginald was born on 12th December 1913 in Willesden, London to Arthur and Ellen Whitehead. He was the husband of Olwyn Whitehead, of Deal, Kent.

Reginald was an accomplished athlete who excelled in football and cricket as well as other sports. He was especially adept at fencing, having won a number of medals in competition. He also served as a fencing instructor.

He served aboard Hood twice- the first time from 1933 to 1936 and again from 1939 until her loss. He was serving as a Temporary Sergeant and was 27 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

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)

Reginald's name is in Column 2 of Panel 58.

Detail of Reginald'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)
Reginald's son, Rodney Whitehead (photo & information, 2001)