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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
William Edward Atkins

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Date of birth: 15th July 1902
Place of birth: Kensington, London, London, England
Parents: Albert Edward & Rose Elizabeth Atkins
Wife: Agnes Maud Atkins
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Chief Petty Officer Steward
Service Number: C/L 11409
Joined Hood: 11th July 1939 (Chief Petty Officer Steward)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Chief Petty Officer Steward)
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Biographical Information:

William was born on 15th July 1902 to parents Albert and Rose Atkins of Kensington, London. He was the eldest of 11 children. He was the husband of Agnes Atkins, of Maghull, Liverpool. He was 38 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
19th August 191820th October 1918Vivid IBoy StewardADM188/1010
21st October 191831st March 1919[Illegible] (Nailsea)Boy StewardADM188/1010
1st April 19194th January 1920Tyne (Nailsea)Boy StewardADM188/1010
5th January 192030th April 1920Vivid IIIBoy StewardADM188/1010
1st May 192014th July 1920Columbine (Venturous)Boy StewardADM188/1010
15th July 192013th October 1920Columbine (Venturous)Ordinary Steward 3rd ClassADM188/1010
14th October 19201st November 1920Vivid IIIOrdinary Steward 3rd ClassADM188/1010
2nd November 192030th August 1921Columbine (Vanquisher)Ordinary Steward 3rd ClassADM188/1010
31st August 192130th September 1921Pembroke IOrdinary Steward 3rd ClassADM188/1010
1st October 192128th October 1921ConquerorOrdinary Steward 3rd ClassADM188/1010
29th October 19214th November 1921Victory IIIOrdinary Steward 3rd ClassADM188/1010
5th November 19219th February 1922Pembroke IOrdinary Steward 3rd ClassADM188/1010
10th February 192231st March 1922Pembroke IOrdinary Steward 4th ClassADM188/1010
1st April 192213th July 1922Pembroke IIOrdinary Steward 4th ClassADM188/1010
14th July 192220th July 1922FitzroyOrdinary Steward 3rd ClassADM188/1010
21st July 192215th September 1922Pembroke IIOrdinary Steward 3rd ClassADM188/1010
16th September 192214th September 1923ColumbineOrdinary Steward 3rd ClassADM188/1010
15th September 192324th November 1923Columbine (Vega)Ordinary Steward 3rd ClassADM188/1010
25th November 19234th August 1924Columbine (Wolfhound)Ordinary Steward 3rd ClassADM188/1010
5th August 192425th November 1925Columbine (Wolfhound)Ordinary Steward 2nd ClassADM188/1010
26th November 19256th April 1926Pembroke IIOrdinary Steward 2nd ClassADM188/1010
7th April 192613th September 1926EnterpriseOrdinary Steward 2nd ClassADM188/1010
14th September 19269th November 1926CairoOrdinary Steward 2nd ClassADM188/1010
10th November 19269th December 1926Pembroke IIOrdinary Steward 2nd ClassADM188/1010
10th December 192631st March 1928Ark RoyalOrdinary Steward 2nd ClassADM188/1010
1st April 192826th April 1928Pembroke IIOrdinary Steward 2nd ClassADM188/1010
27th April 192819th February 1930Repulse (St. Cyrus)Ordinary Steward 2nd ClassADM188/1010
20th February 193031st March 1930Marshal SoultOrdinary Steward 2nd ClassADM363/143
1st April 19302nd September 1930Repulse (St Cyrus)Ordinary Steward 2nd ClassADM363/143
3rd September 193023rd April 1931Pembroke 2.5Ordinary Steward 2nd ClassADM363/143
24th April 193130th September 1931Cambrian (Calcutta)Ordinary Steward 2nd ClassADM363/143
1st October 193124th July 1932Cambrian (Calcutta)Leading StewardADM363/143
25th July 193231st December 1932Renown (St. Just)Leading StewardADM363/143
1st January 193314th March 1933Cambrian Leading StewardADM363/143
15th March 193330th June 1933Cambrian (Ark Royal)Leading StewardADM363/143
1st July 193314th July 1933Cambrian (Ark Royal)Petty Officer StewardADM363/143
15th July 19338th August 1933Cardiff (Ark Royal)Petty Officer StewardADM363/143
9th August 193331st August 1934Pembroke 2Petty Officer StewardADM363/143
1st September 193417th January 1937OrionPetty Officer StewardADM363/143
18th January 19375th March 1937Pembroke 2Petty Officer StewardADM363/143
6th March 19377th March 1938SouthamptonPetty Officer StewardADM363/143
8th March 19383rd July 1939SouthamptonChief Petty Officer StewardADM363/143
4th July 193924th May 1941HoodChief Petty Officer StewardADM363/143

Additional Photos

William (right) and a shipmate in Africa

Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent, England

Photos of the memorial

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

Photos of the memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Service Record (ADM188/1010 and ADM363/143, The National Archives)
Stacy McEvoy (photos & information, August 2006)
Eileen Christie (transcription of service record) June 2020