-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 08-May-2014

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
HARRY GOMER

Photo of Royal Marine Harry Gomer, courtesy of Gill Karaviotis, July 2005

Service: Royal Marines
Rank: Marine
Service Number: PO/216871
Date Joined Hood: 27 August 1939
Biographical Information: Harry was born on 13 February 1901 in Sedgefield, County Durham to Harry and Emily Gomer. The family later lived in Sutton Scotney. He worked as a grocer's assistant prior to joining the Royal Marines at Eastney in 1919. He was subsequently trained at Deal and received his certificate in December 1919.

He was trained in gunnery. He was officially rated a Gunner in 1920/1921. He served in a number of ships and shore establishments throughout the 1920s and 1930s. These would include H.M.S. Warspite,  H.M.S. Lowestoft and H.M.S. Revenge.  During this time period he received Good Conduct badges (1922, 1927 and 1932). He would add the South Africa Star and Atlantic Star to his list of medals in later years.

He married his wife Marion in Swanmore, Hampshire in 1928. They set-up house on Spring Lane. Over the next three years they had two sons, Godfrey (born 1931) and Philip.

Harry served aboard the Royal Yacht Victoria & Albert from 13 August 1936 until 26 August 1939. He was then transferred to H.M.S. Hood. He served in Hood from 27 August 1939 until 22 April 1940. He rejoined the ship on 28 April 1940. He is believed to have served in her Royal Marine-operated gun house and was manning his position when the ship was lost.

Harry was 40 years old at the time of his loss. We have no additional information.


Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 59, Column 1 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
St Barnabas' Church, Swanmore
and
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire

Additional Photographs
Harry as a young man
Above- Harry as a young man

Harry, Marion and their two sons
Above- Harry, Marion and the boys

Harry and fellow Marines
Above and Below- Harry and fellow Marines
Harry and fellow Marines


Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Gill Karaviotis (Photo, July 2005)
His granddaughter, Mandy Gomer (Photos & Information, December 2006)
David Davies (photo & information, June 2008)
‘Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings’ (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)