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In Remembrance of
Leslie James Foden

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Date of birth: 28th April 1912
Place of birth: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Parents: James and Emma Foden
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Leading Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 130988
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

"Les", as he was known to his friends, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire on 28th April 1912. His parents were James and Emma Foden. His father was 215875 AB James FODEN who served in the RN from July 1901 until his death at Haslar Hospital on 19 March 1919. Les was educated in the Portsmouth area. He joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Second Class on the 27th September 1927, at HMS St Vincent, Gosport. Les was 29 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos

A photo of Les on the starboard/aft portion of the Shelter Deck. He is near 4" mounting S3

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)

Leslie's name is in Column 3 of Panel 46.

Detail of Leslie'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)
Les's great-nephew, Mr Laurence Richer (photos & information, 2001 & 2005)
Mr Mark Reid, biographical information August 2020.