-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
Gerald Edward Coombes

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Date of birth: 9th November 1907
Place of birth: Petersfield, Hampshire, England
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. S. Coombes
Service: Royal Marines
Rank: Sergeant
Service Number: PO/X 22638
Joined Hood:
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)







Biographical Information:

Gerald was born on 9th November 1907 to Mr. and Mrs. S.J. Coombes, of Highfield Road, Petersfield, Hampshire. He attended the Petersfield Council School as a boy. He also served as an altar boy at St Laurence's Church, Petersfield. After completing school, he worked in the offices of The Hants and Sussex News.

Gerald joined the Marines at age 18. He was keen on sports reporting and journalism and was a frequent contributor to the Royal Marines magazine Globe and Laurel. He was very popular among his shipmates.

Gerald had two children, Michael and Maureen. He was 33 years old at the time of his loss.




Additional Photographs
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Memorials

Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 58, Column 2






Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire









Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
The National Archives (ADM 159/202/22638)
Susan Richardson (photo & information, August 2015)