-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
William Frederick Richard Burningham

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Date of birth: 1st April 1902
Place of birth: Huntsdon, Sussex, England
Parents: Leonard and Kate Burningham
Wife: Ann Burningham
Previous occupation: Farm labourer
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Chief Petty Officer
Service Number: P/J 79704
Joined Hood: 8th September 1936 (Petty Officer)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Chief Petty Officer)
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Biographical Information:

Bill, as he was known, was born on 1st April 1902 in Huntsdon, Sussex. He was the husband of Ann Burningham, of Southbourne, Sussex. He is known to have had at least one brother, Ernest and one sister, Florence. He was 39 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
17th October 191715th February 1918ImpregnableBoy 2nd ClassADM188/806
16th February 191820th June 1918GangesBoy 2nd ClassADM188/806
21st June 191822nd November 1918GangesBoy 1st ClassADM188/806
23rd November 191821st June 1919LancasterBoy 1st ClassADM188/806
22nd June 19196th August 1919Victory IBoy 1st ClassADM188/806
7th August 191929th September 1919Queen ElizabethBoy 1st ClassADM188/806
30th September 191921st July 1920Queen ElizabethOrdinary SeamanADM188/806
22nd July 192029th June 1921Queen ElizabethAble SeamanADM188/806
30th June 19218th November 1921ExcellentAble SeamanADM188/806
9th November 192120th November 1922CanterburyAble SeamanADM188/806
21st November 192210th February 1923Courageous (Canterbury)Able SeamanADM188/806
11th February 19233rd October 1923ExcellentAble SeamanADM188/806
4th October 192331st July 1925BarhamAble SeamanADM188/806
1st August 192511th November 1925BarhamLeading SeamanADM188/806
12th November 192516th November 1926ExcellentLeading SeamanADM188/806
17th November 192616th May 1929TigerLeading SeamanADM188/806
17th May 192919th September 1929Victory I - ILeading SeamanADM363/365
20th September 192922nd April 1931ChampionLeading SeamanADM363/365
23rd April 19312nd May 1931ChampionActing Petty OfficerADM363/365
3rd May 193119th June 1931Victory I - IActing Petty OfficerADM363/365
20th June 193123rd November 1931ExcellentActing Petty OfficerADM363/365
24th November 193122nd April 1932RevengeActing Petty OfficerADM363/365
23rd April 193224th July 1934RevengePetty OfficerADM363/365
25th July 193430th July 1936DolphinPetty OfficerADM363/365
31st July 19367th September 1936ExcellentPetty OfficerADM363/365
8th September 193631st August 1938HoodPetty OfficerADM363/365
1st September 193824th May 1941HoodChief Petty OfficerADM363/365

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)

William's name is in Column 1 of Panel 46.

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)
His great-niece, Dianne Johansson (information, April 2019)
His niece, Rosina Markey (photo, November 2008)