-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
Harry Robert Wilcockson

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Date of birth: 29th October 1919
Place of birth: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wilcockson
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Stoker 1st Class
Service Number: P/KX 100454
Joined Hood: April 1940
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Stoker 1st Class)
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Biographical Information:

"Jimmy" as he was known, was born on 29th October 1919 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. He was the only son of Harry and Lily Wilcockson, of 10 Powell's Crescent, Ashby, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire. He attended school at the Doncaster Road and Frodingham schools. Upon leaving school, he worked with his father for the contracting company William Birch and Sons. Jimmy was known to be an excellent sportsman - he was an experienced boxer and boxed frequently in Scunthorpe, Leeds and Grimsby. He was also a member of the Co-op Cycling Club.

Jimmy joined the Navy in December 1939. Following naval training he joined his only ship, Hood. He was engaged to Cecelia Massey of Scunthorpe. He was 21 years old at the time of his loss.





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Jimmy as a boxer




Jimmy and his cousin




Harry and Lily Wilcockson






Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire, England


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Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea, Hampshire, England


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Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Cecelia Massey & her daughter, Helen Taylor (photo & information, December 2009)