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Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
William Charles Taylor

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Date of birth: 15th June 1922
Place of birth: Christchurch, Hampshire, England
Parents: Samuel and Louisa Taylor
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordinary Telegraphist
Service Number: P/SSX 32668
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

"Bumble", as he was known to his friends, was born on 15th June 1922 to Samuel and Louisa Taylor, of Christchurch, Hampshire. Prior to joining the Royal Navy, he worked as a telegram messenger for Bournemouth Post Office. His first and only ship was H.M.S. Hood.

Bumble was 18 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos

Bumble (left) and two mates. Mr E. Poulton is on the right.

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)

William's name is in Column 1 of Panel 53.

Detail of William'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)
Bumble's friend, Mr E. Poulton (photo & information, April 2005)