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We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Horace Donald Davies

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Date of birth: 25th February 1916
Place of birth: Brislington, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
Service: Royal Marines
Rank: Lieutenant
Joined Hood: 24th August 1940
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Lieutenant, Royal Marines)
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Biographical Information:

Horace was Head Boy of the choir at St Thomas the Martyr Church, Bristol. Horace was was married in Bristol during January 1941. One of his shipboard duties was ship's censor. He was also a friend of Jon Pertwee of Doctor Who fame. He was 25 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos

Horace's wedding party. Horace and his bride are seated front row, centre. In the back row, with an "X" above his head is the actor Jon Pertwee (of "Dr Who" fame). He was Horace's batman.

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)

Horace's name is in Column 2 of Panel 58.

Detail of Horace'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)
Horace's cousin, Mrs V. Couling (photo, June 2001)
"Moon Boots and Dinner Suits" by Jon Pertwee, 1984
Mr. R.G. Burgoyne (photo & information, May 2007)