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We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Geoffrey Hughes Hartmann

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Date of birth: 29th October 1920
Place of birth: Retford, Nottinghamshire, England
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. K. Hartmarm
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordinary Coder
Service Number: P/JX 210241
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Geoffrey was born on 29th October 1920 in Retford, Nottinghamshire to Mr. and Mrs. K. Hartmann. He had a sister named Margaret. The family lived at 4 Carr Road, Retford. Geoffrey went to the Wesleyan Primary School and the King Edward Grammar School, both in Retford. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing tennis and walking his dog Tim, an Irish Terrier. He passed his City of Guild Correspondence course and his ambition was to be a “Town Clerk”. He commenced his apprenticeship in Retford Town Hall before he volunteered for the military in October 1939. He wanted to join the Fleet Air Arm but was offered a position with the Royal Navy.

He enlisted at H.M.S. Royal Arthur, Skegness. His first ship was the Bulldog. His next posting was to Rosyth, Scotland and lastly to Hood. He was 20 years old at the time of his loss.

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)

Geoffrey's name is in Column 1 of Panel 53.

Detail of Geoffrey'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)
Tim Bethell (photo, February 2008)
His sister, Margaret Hartman via Jane Morgan (photos & information, April 2013)