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In Remembrance of
Walter Murray Hourston Donaldson

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Date of birth: 28th December 1918
Place of birth: Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Parents: Walter and Eleanor Donaldson
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordinary Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 202427
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Murray, as he was known, was born on 28th December 1918 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland to Walter and Eleanor Donaldson. The family later lived in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. Murray had two siblings, Marian (who served in WRNS) and Stewart. Sadly, their parents outlived all three children.

Murray was 22 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos

Murray with his family

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)

Walter's name is in Column 2 of Panel 50.

Detail of Walter'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, Scott Donaldson (information & photos, June 2018)