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In Remembrance of
Henry Roy Cresswell

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Date of birth: 2nd June 1916
Place of birth: Petersfield, Hampshire, England
Parents: Henry and Bessie Cresswell
Wife: Margaret Cresswell
Service: Royal Marines
Rank: Marine
Service Number: PO/X 1856
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Roy, as he was known to his family and friends, was born 2nd June 1916 near Petersfield, Hampshire. He was the youngest of 8 children to Henry and Bessie Cresswell. Sadly, his father died shortly before his birth. He married Margaret Graham on 18th January 1941 in Greenock, Scotland. She eventually settled in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex. He was 24 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos

A photo of Hood possibly taken by Roy. She is shown during her service with the Mediterranean Fleet.

Roy in the mid-late 1930s

Roy is somewhere in this group of Royal Marines (date unknown)

A Christmas card Roy sent to his sister Florence

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)

Henry's name is in Column 3 of Panel 58.

Detail of Henry's name.

Petersfield War Memorial, Petersfield, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

The Petersfield War Memorial stands in High Street.

The first panel of World War 2 names lists Henry along with two more of Hood's marines.
The three men would undoubtledly have known each other well:
Marine Sergeant Gerald Edward Coombes and
Marine Frederick John Hiscock

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
His nephew, Norman Cross (photo & information, February 2001)