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Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
William George Cleeter

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Date of birth: 20th January 1897
Place of birth: Merton, Surrey, England
Parents: Frederick and Susan Cleeter
Wife: Violet Cleeter
Previous occupation: Warehouse Boy
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 164900
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

'Billy', as he was known to family and friends, was born on 20th January 1897 in Merton, London to Frederick and Susan Cleeter. He was the husband of Violet Cleeter, of Bitterne, Hampshire. He was 44 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
15th November 191216th June 1913ImpregnableBoy 2nd ClassADM188/869
17th June 191317th June 1913ImpregnableBoy 1st ClassADM188/869
18th June 19132nd December 1913GibraltarBoy 1st ClassADM188/869
3rd December 191331st December 1913Vivid IBoy 1st ClassADM188/869
1st January 191419th January 1915EssexBoy 1st ClassADM188/869
20th January 19155th March 1916EssexOrdinary SeamanADM188/869
6th March 191623rd August 1916EssexAble SeamanADM188/869
24th August 191623rd September 1916Victory IAble SeamanADM188/869
24th September 19165th October 1916ExcellentAble SeamanADM188/869
6th October 19165th June 1918Attentive (Swift)Able SeamanADM188/869
6th June 191831st October 1918ExcellentAble SeamanADM188/869
1st November 191818th May 1919QueenAble SeamanADM188/869
19th May 191917th February 1920Victory IAble SeamanADM188/869
18th February 192027th January 1921Columbine (Freesage)Able SeamanADM188/869
28th January 19218th March 1921Victory IAble SeamanADM188/869
9th March 192131st December 1921Iron DukeAble SeamanADM188/869
1st January 192214th May 1922DolphinAble SeamanADM188/869
15th May 192220th December 1922Pandora (SC)Able SeamanADM188/869
21st December 192231st March 1923Cyclops (SC)Able SeamanADM188/869
1st April 192331st December 1923Cyclops (MS)Able SeamanADM188/869
1st January 192423rd May 1924Cyclops (Spare Crew)Able SeamanADM188/869
24th May 192412th November 1925Cyclops (K2)Able SeamanADM188/869
13th November 192519th January 1927Dolphin (SC)Able SeamanADM188/869
20th January 1927Joined Royal Fleet ReserveADM188/869

Additional Photographs
None at this time.

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)

William's name is in Column 3 of Panel 47.

Detail of William'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)
His grandson, Andy Cleeter (June 2004)