-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 11-Mar-2010

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
ROY THOMAS RICHARD JONES

Photo of Boy 1st Class Roy Thomas Richard Jones, courtesy of Joy Craig, May 2007
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Boy 1st Class
Service Number: P/JX 182013
Date Joined Hood: Unknown
Biographical Information: Roy was born in Rockford Hospital, Southend-on-Sea, Essex on 01 August 1924. He was the second of three children (he has an older sister, Gwendoline and a younger brother, Derrick) born to Thomas and Ethel Jones. 

Roy attended Leigh North Street Junior Mixed School and later, Fairfax Senior Mixed School in Westeliff-on-Sea.  Whilst attending school at Fairfax Senior Mixed, he was listed as their top pupil, having received First Class Honours.  He was also very good at sport and played on the school football team (which was fitting as his father had  been a professional footballer). 

Roy entered Boys Service after the outbreak of war.  He subsequently underwent several months of training, first his seamanship training at H.M.S. St George, Isle of Man and subsequently gunnery training at H.M.S. Ganges in Ipswich, Suffolk .  He left Ganges qualified as a Boy Gunner 1st Class.  His first and only operational assignment was H.M.S. Hood

He is remembered as being a sensible lad with a dry sense of humour.  A lad, though one of the youngest crewmembers aboard Hood, was seriously committed to naval tradition and to his duties.  He was posthumously awarded the Atlantic Start, 1939-45 Star and 1939-45 War Medal. He was 16 years old at the time of his loss.

His family states "He lived his dream starting his lifetime in the Royal navy and having the incredible luck to be chosen to serve in H.M.S. Hood- the pride of the nation.  Fate decreed otherwise." 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
Roy's brother, Derrick Jones (Photo & information, May 2007)
‘Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings’ (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)