-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
Joshua Cantrill

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Date of birth: 30th March 1894
Place of birth: Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
Parents: Joshua and Sarah Cantrill
Wife: Kate Cantrill
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Stoker Petty Officer
Service Number: P/K 19095
Joined Hood:
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)

Biographical Information:

Joshua was born on 30th March 1894 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire to parents Joshua and Sarah Cantrill (nee Needham). His mother died in childbirth in 1905. His father, a coal miner by trade, re-married to Mary Ann Jelley. Joshua had six brothers and sisters.

Prior to joining the Navy in May 1913, Joshua had followed his father into the coal industry, working on the surface at Rubberson pit bank. After joining the Navy he was trained as a Stoker and served until October 1938. He was recalled to service in September 1939 after the outbreak of the Second World War, and joined his final ship, Hood, in June 1940.

Joshua was the husband of Kate Cantrill, of Stoneferry, Hull. They were married on 23 January 1919.  Family memory tells that Kate learned of the fate of her husband when she was out shopping in Stoneferry and saw a Hull Daily Mail advertising board saying “HOOD LOST WITH ALL HANDS”.  The story tells that she collapsed in the street with shock and never fully recovered from it.

Joshua was 47 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos

Uncropped portrait of Joshua and his son Stanley in December 1939

Joshua as a young sailor early in his Navy career


Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 54, Column 1

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)
Mrs R. Hepton (photo, 2001)
Dave Taylor (photo & information, May 2006 and November 2017)
His grandson Steve Cantrill-Brown (photo, Oct 2007)
Stephen Jenner (information, April 2013)
The National Archives (ADM 188/905)