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Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Rodney Alfred Foley

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Date of birth: 12th February 1901
Place of birth: Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
Parents: Walter and Alice Foley
Wife: Bertha Foley
Previous occupation: Riveter
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Chief Stoker
Service Number: P/K 57838
Joined Hood: 8th September 1936 (Chief Stoker)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Chief Stoker)
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Biographical Information:

"Tim", as he was known to his friends, was born on 12th February 1901 in Cowes, Isle of Wight to Walter and Alice Foley. He is known to have had a sister, Irene. He attended Sholling School as a lad, and was later apprenticed at Thornycrofts. He served in the R.M.S. Mauretania before joining the Navy at age 18. He went on to serve for 22 years.

Tim was the the husband of Bertha Foley, of Woolston, Hampshire. He was also the father of two children. He was 40 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
13th August 191931st December 1919Victory IIActing Stoker 1st ClassADM188/976
1st January 19203rd May 1920Columbine ([Illegible])Acting Stoker 1st ClassADM188/976
4th May 192031st August 1920Victory IIActing Stoker 1st ClassADM188/976
1st September 19202nd March 1921Queen ElizabethActing Stoker 1st ClassADM188/976
3rd March 192112th September 1923Queen ElizabethStoker 1st ClassADM188/976
13th September 192314th September 1923Queen ElizabethActing Leading StokerADM188/976
15th September 192330th September 1923Victory IIActing Leading StokerADM188/976
1st October 19238th February 1924FisgardActing Leading StokerADM188/976
9th February 19243rd March 1924Victory IIActing Leading StokerADM188/976
4th March 192420th March 1924Dido (various ships)Acting Leading StokerADM188/976
21st March 192412th September 1924Victory IIActing Leading StokerADM188/976
13th September 192430th September 1924Victory IILeading StokerADM188/976
1st October 192430th November 1925MarlboroughLeading StokerADM188/976
1st December 192524th March 1926MarlboroughActing Stoker Petty OfficerADM188/976
25th March 192630th November 1926Victory IIActing Stoker Petty OfficerADM188/976
1st December 192612th January 1927Victory IIStoker Petty OfficerADM188/976
13th January 19277th February 1927Egmont (Wolverine)Stoker Petty OfficerADM188/976
8th February 192731st May 1927Tamar II (Wolverine)Stoker Petty OfficerADM188/976
1st June 19271st September 1927Egmont (Wolsey)Stoker Petty OfficerADM188/976
2nd September 192730th September 1927Victory IIStoker Petty OfficerADM188/976
1st October 192728th August 1928Victory II (Truant)Stoker Petty OfficerADM363/438
29th August 19287th September 1928Victory IIStoker Petty OfficerADM363/438
8th September 19289th October 1928Victory II (Vortigern)Stoker Petty OfficerADM363/438
10th October 192829th November 1928Victory II (Whitley)Stoker Petty OfficerADM363/438
30th November 192810th November 1930Victory II (Vortigern)Stoker Petty OfficerADM188/976
11th November 193027th November 1930Victory II - VStoker Petty OfficerADM363/438
28th November 193014th March 1932VernonStoker Petty OfficerADM363/438
15th March 193222nd December 1932CuracoaStoker Petty OfficerADM363/438
23rd December 193219th January 1933Victory IIStoker Petty OfficerADM363/438
20th January 193324th July 1935DespatchStoker Petty OfficerADM363/438
25th July 193531st July 1935VernonStoker Petty OfficerADM363/438
1st August 19357th September 1936VernonChief StokerADM363/438
8th September 193624th May 1941HoodChief StokerADM363/438

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)

Rodney's name is in Column 3 of Panel 53.

Detail of Rodney'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 sister in law, Edith Foley (photo & information, 2001)