-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour
Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Frederick Norman Farnish

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Date of birth: 13th May 1909
Place of birth: Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Previous occupation: Labourer
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Petty Officer Telegraphist
Service Number: P/J 112899
Joined Hood: 2nd June 1939 (Leading Telegraphist)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Acting Petty Officer Telegraphist)
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Biographical Information:

Frederick was born on 13th May 1909 in Ipswich, Suffolk. He served in H.M.S. Ajax prior to Hood. He was serving as an Acting Petty Officer Telegraphist and was 32 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
21st January 19253rd October 1925GangesBoy 2nd ClassADM362/8
4th October 192522nd July 1926GangesBoy 1st ClassADM362/8
23rd July 192615th September 1926Victory IBot TelegraphistADM362/8
16th September 19264th November 1926CastorBot TelegraphistADM362/8
5th November 192612th May 1927VindictiveBot TelegraphistADM362/8
13th May 19279th February 1928VindictiveOrdinary TelegraphistADM362/8
10th February 19284th May 1928VindictiveTelegraphistADM362/8
5th May 192813th June 1928Victory ITelegraphistADM362/8
14th June 192831st December 1928Vernon (Medea)TelegraphistADM362/8
1st January 192930th November 1930Victory II (Campbell)TelegraphistADM363/33
1st December 193013th April 1931Victory II (Montrose)TelegraphistADM363/33
14th April 193110th May 1931Victory I - IITelegraphistADM363/33
11th May 193123rd November 1931ConcordTelegraphistADM363/33
24th November 193113th July 1934RevengeTelegraphistADM363/33
14th July 193430th September 1934Victory ITelegraphistADM363/33
1st October 193431st December 1934Victory I (Horsea W/T Station)TelegraphistADM363/33
1st January 193515th April 1935Victory ITelegraphistADM363/33
16th April 193530th November 1937AjaxTelegraphistADM363/33
1st December 193710th January 1938AjaxActing Leading TelegraphistADM363/33
11th January 193820th January 1938Victory IActing Leading TelegraphistADM363/33
21st January 193831st March 1938Hawkins (Despatch)Acting Leading TelegraphistADM363/33
1st April 19386th May 1938HawkinsActing Leading TelegraphistADM363/33
7th May 193830th November 1938NelsonActing Leading TelegraphistADM363/33
1st December 193827th April 1939NelsonLeading TelegraphistADM363/33
28th April 19391st June 1939Victory ILeading TelegraphistADM363/33
2nd June 19396th August 1940HoodLeading TelegraphistADM363/33
7th August 194024th May 1941HoodActing Petty Officer TelegraphistADM363/33

Additional Photos

Frederick with his parents.

Frederick on his wedding day.

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)

Frederick's name is in Column 2 of Panel 52.

Detail of Frederick'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)
S.J. Farnish (photo, 2001)
Steve Farnish, Frederick's nephew (photo), May 2021