-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
GEORGE WILLIAM HORTON

Photo of Petty Officer Steward George William Horton, courtesy of his grandson, David Rowe, February 2008

Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Petty Officer Steward
Service Number: D/LX 20902
Date Joined Hood: 11 August 1940
Biographical Information: George was born on 30 April 1910 in Exeter, Devonshire to George and Kate Horton. He was the husband of Rosemary Horton, of St. Austell, Cornwall.

George entered the Royal Navy in the late 1920s. He subsequently served in the following ships/establishments:
Victory (Jan 1929 - Jul 1930), Courageous (Jul 1930 - Jan 1931), Tiger (Jan - May 1931), Vivid (May - Sept 1931), Broke (Sept 1931 - Nov 1933), Castor (Nov 1933 - Apr 1934), Barham (Apr 1934 - Aug 1935), Royal Sovereign (Aug 1935 - Jan 1936), Rodney (Jan 1936 - Aug 1938), Drake (Aug - Oct 1938), Ramillies (Oct 1938 - Jan 1939), Drake (Jan - May 1939),
Hood (May 1939 - Apr 1940), Renown (Apr - Aug 1940, with a temporary loan to Warspite that April) and lastly to Hood (Aug 1940 until the end).

His rank is subject to debate as official records show him to have been a Petty Officer Steward, but his family claims 1942 paperwork showing him to be a Chief Petty Officer. He was 31 years old at the time of his loss. We have no additional information.

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Memorial Information
Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 55, 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
His grandson, David Rowe (photo & information, February 2008)
06 March 1942 letter from Drafting Commander for Commodore, RN Barracks, Devonport (ships listing)
30 May 1944 (Ref No, QJ 9123) notice from the Ministry of Pensions (correct rank information)
‘Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings’ (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009