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In Remembrance of
John Ambrose

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Date of birth: 3rd June 1903
Place of birth: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England
Parents: John & Eliza Ambrose
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/J 94783
Joined Hood: 8th September 1936
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Able Seaman)
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Biographical Information:

John was born on 13th June 1903 to parents John and Eliza Ambrose, of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

John joined the Royal Navy on 12th February 1919 as a Boy and underwent his initial training at H.M.S. Ganges before joining his first ship - the battleship Emperor of India on 28th February 1920. Most of his career was spent in big ships and, as can be seen from his service record below, these included the battleships Warspite, Iron Duke and Resolution as well as the cruiser Curacoa

John was one of a large number of men who joined Hood on 8th September as the ship recommissioned following a period in dockyard hands at Portsmouth. His service in the ship throughout the remainder of the 1930s would be mainly in the Mediterranean. He was 37 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
12th February 19192nd October 1919Ganges IIBoy 2nd ClassADM188/836
3rd October 191927th February 1920Ganges IIBoy 1st ClassADM188/836
28th February 192019th November 1920Emperor of IndiaBoy 1st ClassADM188/836
20th November 192028th January 1921Victory IBoy 1st ClassADM188/836
29th January 192127th February 1921CanterburyBoy 1st ClassADM188/836
28th February 19218th April 1921Victory IBoy 1st ClassADM188/836
9th April 19212nd June 1921OrionBoy 1st ClassADM188/836
3rd June 192130th June 1921OrionOrdinary SeamanADM188/836
1st July 19215th January 1922ConquerorOrdinary SeamanADM188/836
6th January 192214th June 1922ArgusOrdinary SeamanADM188/836
15th June 192223rd January 1924ArgusAble SeamanADM188/836
24th January 192425th May 1924ExcellentAble SeamanADM188/836
26th May 19245th April 1926Excellent (Terror)Able SeamanADM188/836
6th April 19267th November 1928WarspiteAble SeamanADM188/836
8th November 19287th January 1929Victory IAble SeamanADM188/836
8th January 192929th April 1929ExcellentAble SeamanADM363/392
30th April 192931st May 1929Vivid 2-4 (Iron Duke)Able SeamanADM363/392
1st June 192910th November 1931Iron DukeAble SeamanADM363/392
11th November 193123rd November 1931ExcellentAble SeamanADM363/392
24th November 193114th March 1932St. VincentAble SeamanADM363/392
15th March 193222nd December 1932CuracoaAble SeamanADM363/392
23rd December 19326th September 1933ExcellentAble SeamanADM363/392
7th September 19337th September 1936ResolutionAble SeamanADM363/392
8th September 193624th May 1941HoodAble SeamanADM363/392

Additional Photographs
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)

John's name is in Column 1 of Panel 47.

Detail of John'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)
His nephew, Peter Mullard (Photo, Apr 2005)
Eileen Christie (transcription of service record), June 2020
Service Record: ADM188/836 and ADM363/392 The National Archives / Ancestry