-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 Alfred Compton

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Date of birth: 1st January 1901
Place of birth: Dartford, Kent, England
Wife: Florence Compton
Previous occupation: Carter
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Leading Stoker
Service Number: P/K 55190
Joined Hood: 8th September 1936 (Leading Stoker)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Leading Stoker)
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Biographical Information:

William was born on 1st January 1901 in Dartford, Kent. He was the husband of Florence Compton, of Emsworth, Hampshire. He was 40 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
8th January 19196th March 1919Victory IIStoker 2nd ClassADM188/971
7th March 191922nd March 1919Victory IIActing Stoker 1st ClassADM188/971
23rd March 191911th September 1919Iron DukeActing Stoker 1st ClassADM188/971
12th September 191931st March 1920MarlboroughActing Stoker 1st ClassADM188/971
1st April 19201st November 1920MarlboroughStoker 1st ClassADM188/971
2nd November 192018th November 1921Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM188/971
19th November 192120th February 1924FoxgloveStoker 1st ClassADM188/971
21st February 192410th December 1924Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM188/971
11th December 192418th December 1925CenturionStoker 1st ClassADM188/971
19th December 192515th April 1926Dolphin (SC)Stoker 1st ClassADM188/971
16th April 19267th October 1926Cyclops (K26)Stoker 1st ClassADM188/971
8th October 192625th November 1927Cyclops (K26)Acting Leading StokerADM188/971
26th November 192715th December 1927CalliopeActing Leading StokerADM188/971
16th December 192720th January 1928Dolphin (SC)Acting Leading StokerADM188/971
21st January 192823rd February 1928Dolphin (H48)Acting Leading StokerADM188/971
24th February 192817th June 1928Dolphin (SC)Acting Leading StokerADM188/971
18th June 192826th February 1929Dolphin (SC)Leading StokerADM188/971
27th February 192915th March 1929Dolphin ([illegible])Leading StokerADM188/971
16th March 192931st March 1929Dolphin (SC)Leading StokerADM188/971
1st April 19297th October 1929Dolphin ([illegible])Leading StokerADM188/971
8th October 19299th January 1930Dolphin (SC)Leading StokerADM188/971
10th January 193031st March 1932Medway ([illegible])Leading StokerADM188/971
11th January 193214th June 1932VindictiveLeading StokerADM188/971
1st April 193210th January 1932Medway (SC)Leading StokerADM188/971
15th June 19329th September 1932Dolphin (SC)Leading StokerADM188/971
10th September 193225th September 1932Dolphin (H48)Leading StokerADM188/971
26th September 193222nd June 1933Titania (H48)Leading StokerADM188/971
23rd June 19333rd November 1933Pembroke II (Starfish)Leading StokerADM188/971
4th November 193318th December 1933Dolphin (Starfish)Leading StokerADM188/971
19th December 19339th May 1935Titania (Starfish)Leading StokerADM188/971
10th May 193514th June 1935Victory IILeading StokerADM188/971
15th June 193524th August 1936Victory II (Saltburn)Leading StokerADM188/971
25th August 19367th September 1936Victory IILeading StokerADM188/971
8th September 193624th May 1941HoodLeading StokerADM188/971

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 2 of Panel 54.

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)
William's daughter-in-law, Mrs S. Compton (photo, 2001)