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Memorials to Men Lost in the Sinking of Hood, 24th May 1941

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Thomas Edward Craft

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Date of birth: 30th November 1899
Place of birth: Canning Town, London, England
Parents: John and Sarah Craft
Wife: Martha Craft
Previous occupation: Wire Rope Maker
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/J 45098
Joined Hood: 24th August 1939 (Able Seaman)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Able Seaman)





Biographical Information: Thomas was born on 30 November 1899 in Canning Town, London, to parents John and Sarah Craft. He was the husband of Martha Craft, of 54 Palmer Road Plaistow, Essex. Together they had 4 children- three sons (Tom plus twins John and Frank) and one daughter, Mary Ellen. Sadly, Mary was killed during the war.

Thomas was 41 years old at the time of his loss.






History of ships served in and ratings held:


Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
8th October 19156th April 1916ImpregnableBoy 2nd ClassADM188/737/45098
7th April 19167th April 1916ImpregnableBoy 1st ClassADM188/737/45098
8th April 191624th April 1916GangesBoy 1st ClassADM188/737/45098
25th April 191617th May 1916PembrokeBoy 1st ClassADM188/737/45098
18th May 191629th November 1917ChathamBoy 1st ClassADM188/737/45098
30th November 191719th June 1918ChathamOrdinary SeamanADM188/737/45098
20th June 191824th February 1919ChathamAble SeamanADM188/737/45098
25th February 19198th April 1919Victory IAble SeamanADM188/737/45098
9th April 191931st May 1920Vernon IAble SeamanADM188/737/45098
1st June 192011th September 1920Blenheim (Speedy)Able SeamanADM188/737/45098
12th September 192021st July 1922Diligence (Speedy)Able SeamanADM188/737/45098
22nd July 19227th August 1922VindictiveAble SeamanADM188/737/45098
8th August 192220th January 1923Victory IAble SeamanADM188/737/45098
21st January 192322nd April 1925DolphinAble SeamanADM188/737/45098
23rd April 19251st July 1925Victory I Able SeamanADM188/737/45098
2nd July 192517th October 1927EffinghamAble SeamanADM188/737/45098
18th October 192723rd August 1929Victory IAble SeamanADM188/737/45098
24th August 192926th August 1931Victory XI (Pangbourne)Able SeamanADM363/201/77
27th August 19311st September 1931Osprey (Thruster)Able SeamanADM363/201/77
21st September 193225th April 1935HawkinsAble SeamanADM363/201/77
26th April 193519th June 1935Victory IAble SeamanADM363/201/77
20th June 193516th June 1936VernonAble SeamanADM363/201/77
17th June 19364th November 1936Victory 2 (Vega)Able SeamanADM363/201/77
5th November 193611th December 1936Victory I (Vega)Able SeamanADM363/201/77
12th December 193622nd July 1937Hawkins (C&M)Able SeamanADM363/201/77
23rd July 193714th January 1938HawkinsAble SeamanADM363/201/77
15th January 193828th April 1939Victory 2 (Exmouth)Able SeamanADM363/201/77
29th April 193923rd August 1939Victory 2 (Antelope)Able SeamanADM363/201/77
24th August 193930th November 1939HoodAble SeamanADM363/201/77
1st December 193924th May 1941HoodAble SeamanADM363/201/77


Additional Photographs
None at this time.




Memorials

Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 47, Column 3






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)
His family (information, July 2008)
His great-niece Joan Craft (photo, June 2011)