-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
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
Arthur Ballard

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Date of birth: 7th April 1924
Place of birth: Leicester, Leicestershire, England
Parents: Arthur and Ethel May Ballard
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Boy 1st Class
Service Number: P/JX 164162
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information: 'Bun' as he was known to his family was born in 7th April 1924. He was the fourth of eight children born to Arthur and Ethel Ballard, of 16 Devana Road, Leicester. He worked as a Leicester Mercury newsboy and later at the John Bull Works rubber company before joining the Navy.

Bun was trained at H.M.S. Ganges before joining Hood. He was 17 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos

Arthur from his time in Ganges

Arthur and an unidentified mate

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)

Arthur's name is in Column 2 of Panel 51.

Detail of Arthur'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)
Jackie Solomon (photos & information, November 2003)
National Museum of the Royal Navy (photo, accession no. 2015/139/5, March 2019)
Leicester Mercury clipping (May/June 1941)