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We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
John James Forrester

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Date of birth: 28th August 1899
Place of birth: Broughton, Cumberland, England
Parents: William and Sarah Forrester
Wife: Margaret Forrester
Previous occupation: Clerk
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Chief Petty Officer Writer
Service Number: P/M 27902
Joined Hood: 13th August 1940 (Chief Petty Officer)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Chief Petty Officer)
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Biographical Information: John was born on 28th August 1899 in Broughton, Cumberland to William and Sarah Forrester. He was the husband of Margaret Forrester, of Camerton, Cumberland. Sadly, John was due to retire from the service sometime during the Summer of 1941. He was 41 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
13th October 191726th January 1918Victory I3rd WriterADM188/1073
27th January 19182nd March 1918Kosmos3rd WriterADM188/1073
3rd March 191829th May 1918Victory I3rd WriterADM188/1073
30th May 191814th August 1919Kosmos3rd WriterADM188/1073
11th September 191830th November 1918Dido (Tring)3rd WriterADM188/1073
1st December 191813th August 1919Ganges (Tring)3rd WriterADM188/1073
14th August 191925th September 1919Victorious I (Tring)3rd WriterADM188/1073
15th August 191910th September 1918Victory3rd WriterADM188/1073
26th September 191930th November 1919Pekin (Tring)3rd WriterADM188/1073
1st December 191931st December 1919Blake (Shelborne)3rd WriterADM188/1073
1st January 192031st March 1920Gibraltar (Shelborne)3rd WriterADM188/1073
1st April 192011th October 1920Victory XI (Shelborne)3rd WriterADM188/1073
12th October 192015th April 1921Victory XI (Shelborne)2nd WriterADM188/1073
16th April 192112th October 1923Columbine2nd WriterADM188/1073
13th October 192329th October 1923Columbine1st WriterADM188/1073
30th October 19233rd June 1924Victory I1st WriterADM188/1073
4th June 19246th January 1926Victory IPetty Officer WriterADM188/1073
7th January 192612th October 1927CuracoaPetty Officer WriterADM188/1073
13th October 192718th August 1928CuracoaChief Petty Officer WriterADM188/1073
19th August 192817th January 1929VindictiveChief Petty Officer WriterADM188/1073
18th January 192921st January 1929Victory II - VChief Petty Officer WriterADM363/167
22nd January 192911th March 1932DolphinChief Petty Officer WriterADM363/167
12th March 193225th May 1932CanterburyChief Petty Officer WriterADM363/167
26th May 193221st May 1934BeeChief Petty Officer WriterADM363/167
22nd May 19341st August 1934CalcuttaChief Petty Officer WriterADM363/167
2nd August 193414th April 1936Victory IIChief Petty Officer WriterADM363/167
15th April 193631st January 1938GreenwichChief Petty Officer WriterADM363/167
1st February 193821st February 1938Victory IIChief Petty Officer WriterADM363/167
22nd February 193831st March 1938VernonChief Petty Officer WriterADM363/167
1st April 193824th August 1938EnterpriseChief Petty Officer WriterADM363/167
25th August 193830th September 1938Effingham (Enterprise)Chief Petty Officer WriterADM363/167
1st October 193825th October 1938EnterpriseChief Petty Officer WriterADM363/167
26th October 19384th November 1938Effingham (Enterprise)Chief Petty Officer WriterADM363/167
5th November 193812th August 1940Victory IIChief Petty Officer WriterADM363/167
13th August 194024th May 1941HoodChief Petty Officer WriterADM363/167

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)

John's name is in Column 2 of Panel 57.

Detail of John'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 grandson, John Wilson (photo & information, August 2002)