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We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Nigel Norrington Adams

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Date of birth: 10th February 1923
Place of birth: Crownhill, Plymouth, Devon, England
Parents: Major C Boys Adams & Angela Boys Adams
Service: Royal Naval Reverve
Rank: Midshipman
Joined Hood: 23rd January 1941
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Temporary Midshipman R.N.R.)
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Biographical Information:

Nigel was born on 10 February 1923 in Crownhill, Plymouth to Captain C. and Angela Adams. He attended Mount House School, Plymouth from 1928-1936 and Pangbourne School from September 1936 though 1940. During his studies at the Nautical College in Pangbourne, Nigel was a Chief Cadet Captain.

Nigel's great interests were the Navy and ships, plus shooting. By all accounts he was an excellent game shot and marksman.

Nigel was commissioned as a RNR Midshipman on 23 July 1940. His first assignment was to the cruiser H.M.S. Birmingham in July 1940. He was subsequently assigned to the destroyer H.M.S. Vanoc in October 1940. In February 1941, he joined his final ship, H.M.S. Hood.

Nigel was serving in Hood as a Temporary Midshipman at the time of the sinking. He was 18 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos

Photo of Nigel during his time at Pangbourne

Below- Nigel aboard H.M.S. Vanoc

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)

Nigel's name is in Column 1 of Panel 60.

Detail of Nigel'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)
Nigel's nephew, Rupert Smales (photos & information, May 2007)