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Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

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In Remembrance of
Joseph Vincent Fitzgerald

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Date of birth: 31st January 1923
Place of birth: Manchester, Lancashire, England
Parents: James and Jane Fitzgerald
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordinary Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 157142
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Joseph was born on 31st January 1923 to James and Jane (Jennie) Fitzgerald, of Collyhurst, Manchester, Lancashire. He was their fourth son (the others being Thomas, Harry, Albert and Frederick). He went to St Patricks School in Miles Platting, Collyhurst. He is known to have loved sport, especially football and swimming. He left school and joined the Navy early at age 14. He was subsequently trained at H.M.S. Caledonia and Hood was likely his only ship. His brothers Thomas and Harry joined the RAF and Albert and Frederick joined the Army.

Joseph was 18 years old at the time of his loss.

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)

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

Detail of Joseph'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 niece, Marina Merchant (photo & information, July 2008)