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Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
William Sidney Dunwell

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Date of birth: 2nd November 1902
Place of birth: Leatherhead, Surrey, England
Parents: Sidney and Emily Dunwell
Wife: Gladys Dunwell
Previous occupation: Labourer
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/J 95509
Joined Hood: 2nd April 1941 (Able Seaman)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Able Seaman)
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Biographical Information:

William was born on 2nd November 1902 in Leatherhead, Epsom to parents Sidney and Emily Dunwell. He was the husband of Gladys Dunwell and father of Sydney Dunwell of Fleet, Hampshire. William was 38 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and ratings held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
19th June 191930th November 1919PowerfulBoy 2nd ClassADM188/838
1st December 191920th February 1920ImpregnableBoy 2nd ClassADM188/838
21st February 192025th April 1920ImpregnableBoy 1st ClassADM188/838
26th April 19201st November 1920CurlewBoy 1st ClassADM188/838
2nd November 192024th July 1922CurlewOrdinary SeamanADM188/838
25th July 192214th September 1922CurlewAble SeamanADM188/838
15th September 192225th October 1922Victory IAble SeamanADM188/838
26th October 192216th July 1923Courageous (Comus)Able SeamanADM188/838
17th July 192322nd September 1923Victory IAble SeamanADM188/838
23rd September 192323rd April 1924Courageous (Canterbury)Able SeamanADM188/838
24th April 192412th May 1924Centurion (Canterbury)Able SeamanADM188/838
13th May 192428th August 1925Victory IAble SeamanADM188/838
29th August 192529th December 1925ConquestAble SeamanADM188/838
30th December 19251st February 1926Victory IAble SeamanADM188/838
2nd February 192630th September 1926Egmont II (Wivern)Able SeamanADM188/838
1st October 19268th July 1928Tamar II (Wivern)Able SeamanADM188/838
9th July 192829th September 1928Victory II (Wivern)Able SeamanADM188/838
30th September 192814th December 1928Victory IAble SeamanADM188/838
15th December 192821st July 1929ChampionAble SeamanADM188/838
22nd July 19299th August 1929Victory I - IIIAble SeamanADM363/326
10th August 19298th May 1931Bee (Petrel)Able SeamanADM363/326
9th May 193124th July 1931VindictiveAble SeamanADM363/326
25th July 193116th September 1931Victory I - IIIAble SeamanADM363/326
17th September 193122nd April 1932Victory I - IAble SeamanADM363/326
23rd April 193231st August 1932NelsonAble SeamanADM363/326
1st September 19323rd October 1932Victory IAble SeamanADM363/326
4th October 193218th April 1933Iron DukeAble SeamanADM363/326
19th April 193318th July 1933Victory IAble SeamanADM363/326
19th July 19334th April 1934SuffolkAble SeamanADM363/326
5th April 193430th August 1934Victory IAble SeamanADM363/326
31st August 193431st October 1935Victory II (Vega)Able SeamanADM363/326
1st November 193531st March 1936St. Angelo II (Vega)Able SeamanADM363/326
1st April 19364th November 1936Victory II (Vega)Able SeamanADM363/326
5th November 193627th November 1936Victory IAble SeamanADM363/326
28th November 193622nd April 1938VernonAble SeamanADM363/326
23rd April 19383rd April 1940BarhamAble SeamanADM363/326
4th April 19401st April 1941Victory IAble SeamanADM363/326
2nd April 194124th May 1941HoodAble SeamanADM363/326

Additional Photos

William and Gladys on their wedding day, 20 January 1940

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)

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

Detail of William'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)
Sheila Bayley (Information, July 2003)
The National Archives (ADM 188/838)
His grandson, Paul Dunwell (photo, December 2008)