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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
Anthony Roger Townend Batley

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Date of birth: 29th March 1901
Place of birth: Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England
Parents: Sidney Townend Batley and Margaret Batley
Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Rank: Lieutenant-Commander, RNVR
Service Number: none
Joined Hood: 26th March 1941
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Lieutenant-Commander, RNVR)
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Biographical Information:

'Roger' as he was known to friends and family, was born on 29th March 1901 in Kingston, Surrey to Sidney and Margaret Batley.

Roger was educated at Lancing College from 1915 to 1919. He went to work for Messers. Greenwood and Batley Ltd of Albion Works in Leeds. He later joined the Royal Naval Volunteer as a Lieutenant. He was ultimately promoted to Lieutenant-Commander in November 1939.

Roger was 36 years old at the time of his loss.

Click here to access a pages containing transcriptions of letters that Roger wrote home in April and May 1941

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)

Anthony's name is in Column 2 of Panel 60.

Detail of Anthony'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)
ADM 53/114436, Hood's Log for March 1941
His nephew Roger Pyrah (photo & information, 2001)
John Hamblin (information, March 2010)