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H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour
Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

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In Remembrance of
Stanley George Matthews

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Date of birth: 30th September 1918
Place of birth: London, London, England
Parents: Albert and Violet Matthews
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordinary Telegraphist
Service Number: P/SR 8643
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Stanley was born on 30th September 1918 in London to parents Albert Thomas Matthews and Violet Matthews. He had one brother and one sister. The family later resided at 7 St John's Road, Bathwick, Bath, Somerset.

Stanley was a keen sportsman and excelled at cricket, football, hockey and roller skating. He followed his father's footsteps and served in the armed forces. He was educated at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich and entered the Navy as an Ordinary Seaman. He was trained in the speciality of telegraphy.

Stanley was serving in Hood at the time of his father's death in October 1940, but due to operational requirements, was unable to come home. Tragedy struck his family once more in May 1941, when Stanley was lost in the sinking of Hood. He was 22 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos

A letter home from Stanley's divisional officer

A Christmas card from Stanley to his mother

The telegram informing Stanley's mother of his loss

Stanley's will

A commemorative scroll for Stanley

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)

Stanley's name is in Column 3 of Panel 52.

Detail of Stanley'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)
David Powell (photos & information, March 2007)