-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour
Memorials to Men Lost in the Sinking of Hood, 24th May 1941

Updated 06-May-2014

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
WILLIAM JOHN CALLON

Photo of Boy 1st Class William John Callon, courtesy of his brother Mr Dennis Callon and sisters Mrs Gwen Dove and Mrs D Mackay, 2001

Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Boy 1st Class
Service Number: P/JX 181939
Date Joined Hood: Unknown
Biographical Information: Billy was born on 09 September 1924 in St Martin, London. He was one of seven children born to William and Grace Callon. His siblings were Gwen, Lillian, Joan, Ronald, Leonard and Dennis. The family was originally from London, but was relocated to Gotham, Nottinghamshire after the start of the war.

Billy won a scholarship to the training ship H.M.S. Arethusa at age 13. Hood was his first posting. Billy was 16 years old at the time of his loss - the fourth youngest man lost in the sinking of Hood. We have no additional information.

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Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 51, Column 3 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire
Additional Photographs
None at this time.
Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Billy's brothers and sisters, Mr Dennis Callon, Mrs Gwen Dove and Mrs D Mackay (photos & information, 2001)
Beryl Callon (information, February 2013)
‘Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings’ (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)