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Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

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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: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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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-inch Transmitting Station. He was 22 years old at the time of his loss.

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None at this time.

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)

Archie's name is in Column 3 of Panel 59.

Detail of Archie's name.

Royal Marine Band School of Music, H.M.S. Nelson, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

The memorial lists the names of all Royal Marines Musicians lost during World War 2.

Archie's name along with the other men from Hood's Royal Marine Band.
(Detail from the bottom of the left hand panel.)

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)
Chris Chalkley (photographs of Royal Marine Band Memorial), November 2021