-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
Archie Arnold John Discombe

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Date of birth: 30th June 1918
Place of birth: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Parents: Archie and Lucy Discombe
Wife: Ruby Discombe
Service: Royal Marines
Rank: Musician
Service Number: RMB/X 528
Joined Hood:
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)

Biographical Information:

Archie was born on 30th June 1918 in Portsmouth, Hampshire to Archie and Lucy Discombe. His is known to have had a brother named Peter, who was also lost in the war. The family lived in Gosport but later relocated to 29 Lucknow Street. he attended Leesland School and sang in the choir at St Faith's Church.

Archie joined the Royal Naval School of Music in 1933 as a Band Boy. He went on to serve in H.M.S. Effingham and H.M.S. Royal Oak (where he was known to be an excellent water polo player) prior to joining the crew of Hood.

He was the husband of Ruby Discombe (nee Lardner), of Muswell Hill, Middlesex. Archie's action station at the time of his loss was the 15" Transmitting Station. He was 22 years old at the time of his loss.

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Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 59, Column 3

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

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Mary Mckeown (photo & information derived from the "Hampshire Telegraph & Post", 6 June 1941)