-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
Charles Harcourt Wingfield

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Date of birth: 25th February 1908
Place of birth: Hastings, Sussex, England
Parents: Godfrey and Frances Wingfield
Wife: Alice Wingfield
Previous occupation: Cook
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Petty Officer Cook (S)
Service Number: P/MX 46195
Joined Hood First time: 3rd May 1937 (Petty Officer Cook)
Left Hood First time: 8th August 1937 (Petty Officer Cook)
Joined Hood Second time: 20th May 1939 (Petty Officer Cook)
Left Hood Second time: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Petty Officer Cook)
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Biographical Information:

Charles was born on 25th February 1908 in All Saints, Hastings, Sussex to Godfrey and Frances Wingfield. Charles was the couple's only son and was brought up in Hastings.

By the time of Hood's loss Charles and his wife Alice had moved to Southsea, Hampshire but Charles maintained an interest in his home town and enjoyed receiving and reading the Hastings Observer to keep up with events there. He had a sister who lived in Ore.

He was 33 years old at the time of his loss.






History of ships served in and ratings held:


Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
8th April 19276th December 1927Victory IIAssistant CookADM362/48
7th December 192720th January 1928Victory IICookADM362/48
21st January 19285th December 1928FisgardCookADM362/48
6th December 19281st January 1929Victory IICookADM362/48
2nd January 19293rd May 1932RevengeCookADM363/608
4th May 193213th July 1934RevengeLeading CookADM363/608
14th July 193424th August 1934Victory IILeading CookADM363/608
25th August 193429th August 1935DolphinLeading CookADM363/608
30th August 19356th November 1936BarhamLeading CookADM363/608
7th November 19362nd May 1927BarhamPetty Officer CookADM363/608
3rd May 19378th August 1937HoodPetty Officer CookADM363/608
9th August 193717th November 1938ResourcePetty Officer CookADM363/608
18th November 193816th March 1939Victory IIPetty Officer CookADM363/608
17th March 193919th May 1939ExcellentPetty Officer CookADM363/608
20th May 193924th May 1941HoodPetty Officer CookADM363/608


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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)
Charles's niece, Mrs D. Balhatchett (photo, 2001)
Mary McKeown (biographical information from Hastings Observer, 31th May 1941), October 2021