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We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Martin Dempsey

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Date of birth: 27th June 1916
Place of birth: Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England
Parents: Austin and Emily Dempsey
Wife: Louie Dempsey
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 172622
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Martin was born on 27th June 1916 in Huddersfield, Yorkshire to Austin and Emily Dempsey. He was the husband of Louie Dempsey, of Hammersmith, London.

A contemporary article in the 'Huddersfield Examiner' reported that Martin had been educated at St Joseph's School, and had played for their football team. He also attended St Joseph's Church, Huddersfield. As a youth he had been a member of the Central Lads' Club and a very good swimmer. Before enlisting, Martin was previously employed at the Huddersfield Brick, Stone and Tile company.

Martin Dempsey was 24 years old at the time of his loss. In addition to leaving L:ouie a widow, he also left a four-year-old daughter

Additional Photos

Martin (far left) and two mates

Martin (with oilskins) and several shipmates aboard Hood. They are seated on a bollard on the starboard side of the focsle, directly adjacent to the base of the forward superstructure. Sadly, we believe that nearly every man shown here was lost with the ship.

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)

Martin's name is in Column 3 of Panel 47.

Detail of Martin'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)
Martin's daughter Jean Cahill (photo, 2001)
Further biographical information from a contemporary edition of the 'Huddersfield Examiner' per Elaine Archer December 2023.