-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour
Memorials to Men Lost in the Sinking of Hood, 24th May 1941

We will remember them
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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:
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)







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.




Memorials

Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 50, Column 2






Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire









Sources
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)