-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
William John Callon

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Date of birth: 9th September 1924
Place of birth: St. Martin, London, England
Parents: Mr and Mrs W. Callon
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Boy 1st Class
Service Number: P/JX 181939
Joined Hood:
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)

Biographical Information:

Billy was born on 9th September 1924 in St. Martin, London. He was one of seven children born to William and Grace Callon. His siblings were Gwen, Lillian, Joan, Ronald, Leonard and Dennis. The family was originally from London, but was relocated to Gotham, Nottinghamshire after the start of the war.

Billy won a scholarship to the training ship H.M.S. Arethusa at age 13. Hood was his first posting. Billy was 16 years old at the time of his loss.

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None at this time.


Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 51, Column 3

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

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Billy's brothers and sisters, Mr Dennis Callon, Mrs Gwen Dove and Mrs D Mackay (photos & information, 2001)
Beryl Callon (information, February 2013)