-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 George Cole

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Date of birth: 25th February 1917
Place of birth: Basingstoke, Hampshire, England
Parents: Frank and Constance Cole
Service: Royal Marines
Rank: Marine
Service Number: PO/X 1844
Joined Hood:
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)

Biographical Information:

George as he was known, was born on 25th February 1917 in Basingstoke, Hampshire to Frank and Constance Cole. The family later lived in North Waltham, Hampshire. His younger brother Frank also saw military service during the war (Royal Corps of Signals). He was 24 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos


Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 58, 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)
George's nephew, Peter Cole (information, August 2018)
Richard Tanner (photo & information, October 2007)
George's great-niece, Sarah D. Cass (photo & information, 2001)