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We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Frank Percy Adams

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Date of birth: 5th July 1918
Place of birth: Gillingham, Kent, England
Parents: Charles Frank & Annie Adams
Service: Royal Marine Band
Rank: Musician
Service Number: RMB/X 546
Joined Hood: Early 1936
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Musician)
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Biographical Information:

Frank was born on 05 July 1918 to Charles and Annie Adams, of Gillingham, Kent. As a child, Frank attended the Arden Street Council School, where he was an accomplished musician. He was also a successful athlete, and excelled in football and track.

After leaving school in 1934, he joined the Royal Marine School of Music, Deal, Kent, as a Band Boy. Frank also played football on the schools team. He departed school to join his only ship, Hood. Frank's action station at the time of the sinking was the 15" Transmitting Station. He was 22 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos

Frank in uniform

Frank out of uniform

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)

Frank's name is in Column 3 of Panel 59.

Detail of Frank's name.

Royal Marine Band School of Music, H.M.S. Nelson, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

The memorial lists the names of all Royal Marines Musicians lost during World War 2.

Frank's name along with the other men from Hood's Royal Marine Band.
(Detail from the bottom of the left hand panel.)

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
His sister, Mrs N. Adams (photos of Frank, newspaper clippings & letter, Dec 2001)
Chris Chalkley (photographs of Royal Marine Band Memorial), November 2021