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Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Walter Henry Woodrow Jennings

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Date of birth: 27th March 1906
Place of birth: Ryde, Isle of Wight, England
Parents: Walter and Ada Jennings
Wife: Florence Jennings
Previous occupation: Greenwich School Boy
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Chief Petty Officer
Service Number: P/J 104150
Joined Hood First time: 10th May 1932 (Leading Seaman)
Left Hood First time: 30th August 1933 (Leading Seaman)
Joined Hood Second time: 8th September 1936 (Petty Officer)
Left Hood Second time: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Chief Petty Officer)
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Biographical Information:

Walter was born on 27th March 1906 in Ryde, Isle of Wight to parents Walter and Ada Jennings. He attended The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook from September 1917 to September 1921. He entered the Navy and was trained at H.M.S.Ganges.

He was the husband of Florence Jennings, of Gosport, Hampshire. Together they had a daughter named Joan. He was 35 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
13th September 192118th March 1922GangesBoy 2nd ClassADM188/855
19th March 192225th May 1922GangesBoy 1st ClassADM188/855
26th May 192212th June 1922Victory IBoy 1st ClassADM188/855
13th June 192226th March 1924MalayaBoy 1st ClassADM188/855
27th March 192420th November 1924MalayaOrdinary SeamanADM188/855
21st November 192424th August 1926MalayaAble SeamanADM188/855
25th August 192621st October 1926Victory IAble SeamanADM188/855
22nd October 192626th November 1926Dolphin (Alecto)Able SeamanADM188/855
27th November 19268th April 1927ExcellentAble SeamanADM188/855
9th April 192710th November 1927DolphinAble SeamanADM188/855
11th November 19272nd December 1927ColumbineAble SeamanADM188/855
3rd December 192720th February 1928Victory IAble SeamanADM188/855
21st February 192830th May 1928CourageousAble SeamanADM188/855
31st May 19288th July 1928Victory IAble SeamanADM188/855
9th July 192813th February 1929CanberraAble SeamanADM188/855
14th February 192924th February 1929CarbarusAble SeamanADM363/384
25th February 192911th April 1929AlbatrossAble SeamanADM363/384
12th April 192919th April 1929PenguinAble SeamanADM363/384
20th April 192913th August 1930AlbatrossAble SeamanADM363/384
14th August 193020th September 1930H.M.R. London DepotAble SeamanADM363/384
21st September 193019th October 1930H.M.R. London DepotActing Leading SeamanADM363/384
20th October 193030th October 1930Victory I (Reverts from R.A.N.)Acting Leading SeamanADM363/384
31st October 19308th December 1930Constance (C&M Group)Acting Leading SeamanADM363/384
9th December 19302nd September 1931Frobisher (C&M Group)Acting Leading SeamanADM363/384
3rd September 193120th September 1931WarspiteActing Leading SeamanADM363/384
21st September 19314th January 1932WarspiteLeading SeamanADM363/384
5th January 19329th May 1932Victory ILeading SeamanADM363/384
10th May 193230th August 1933HoodLeading SeamanADM363/384
31st August 19337th September 1933Victory ILeading SeamanADM363/384
8th September 19339th October 1933ExcellentLeading SeamanADM363/384
10th October 193330th November 1933Effingham (Sesame)Leading SeamanADM363/384
1st December 193325th January 1934Victory ILeading SeamanADM363/384
26th January 19349th May 1934ExcellentLeading SeamanADM363/384
10th May 193425th July 1934ExcellentActing Petty OfficerADM363/384
26th July 19349th May 1935RevengeActing Petty OfficerADM363/384
10th May 193517th January 1936RevengePetty OfficerADM363/384
18th January 193619th February 1936ExcellentPetty OfficerADM363/384
20th February 193614th April 1936Victory II (Lupin)Petty OfficerADM363/384
15th April 193630th April 1936ExcellentPetty OfficerADM363/384
1st May 19367th September 1936ResolutionPetty OfficerADM363/384
8th September 193630th November 1939HoodPetty OfficerADM363/384
1st December 193924th May 1941HoodChief Petty OfficerADM363/384

Additional Photos

Walter as a young sailor

Walter and his family

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)

Walter's name is in Column 1 of Panel 46.

Detail of Walter'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 nephew, Ian Kennedy (photos, November 2011)
The National Archives (ADM188/855)