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Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Ernest Sparkes

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Date of birth: 3rd December 1921
Place of birth: Coventry, Warwickshire, England
Parents: Harry and Lilian Sparkes
Wife: Prudence Sparkes
Service: Royal Marines
Rank: Marine
Service Number: PO/X 3911
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Ernest was born on 3rd December 1921, the second son of Harry and Lilian Sparkes, of 184 Three Spires Avenue, Radford, Coventry. He worked as a porter at the Kings Head Hotel prior to joining the Marines on 14 March 1939. He married his wife Prudence in January 1941. He was 19 years old at the time of his loss.

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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)

Ernest's name is in Column 2 of Panel 59.

Detail of Ernest'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)
Ernest's brother, Harry Sparkes (photo, 2001)
Mark Rushworth (Information, May 2008)
Trevor Harkin (information, July 2008)