-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
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
Robert Thompson

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Date of birth: 22nd February 1924
Place of birth: Morecambe, Lancashire, England
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Boy 1st Class
Service Number: P/JX 188534
Joined Hood: May 1941
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Boy 1st Class)
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Biographical Information:

"Bobby" as he was known, was born on 22nd February 1924, the youngest son of Mrs and the late Mr James Thompson, of 46 Lord Street, Morecambe, Lancashire. He was educated at Euston Road School, Morecambe. Bobby joined the Navy before his 16th birthday, and after 12 months' training he was drafted to the Royal Naval Barracks, Portsmouth, where he arrived just in time to go through the blitz on the city. Bobby took his last long leave only two weeks before being drafted to Hood, and it was said that he 'spent a happy time at home'. Bobby joined Hood just a week before she left Scapa Flow on her final, fateful voyage to meet Bismarck.

He was 17 years old at the time of his loss.

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)

Robert's name is in Column 3 of Panel 51.

Detail of Robert'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)
Bobby's niece, Mrs J. Jupp (photo, 2001)
"Morecambe & Heysham Visitor" (newspaper), 28 May 1941, via Ernest McCart (information, April 2004)