-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
Charles Taylor

Photo of Leading Seaman Charles Taylor, courtesy of his sisters Muriel Calfe and Joy Bieltz, 2001

Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Leading Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 137675
Date Joined Hood: Unknown
Biographical Information: Charles was born on 28 May 1916 to son of Charles and Maud Taylor, of Salford, Manchester, Lancashire. He had three siblings, Tom, Joy and Muriel. He attended Hulme Street Elementary School in Salford. At age 14 he began working as a barber's apprentice. He was in a local band called The Boys Brigade (along with his brother Tom).

At age 16, he joined the Navy. In additon to his naval career, he was also a keen sportsman and played football and cricket. He also continued as a musician and served as a member of the Royal Bluejackets Band. During his naval career, he served in the following ships/establishments: H.M.S. Ganges (1932-1933), H.M.S. Colombo & H.M.S. Hawkins (1933-1935), H.M.S. Victory Barracks (1935, H.M.S. Antelope (1935-1936), H.M.S. Woolwich (1936-1937), H.M.S. Repulse (1937), H.M.S. Victory Barracks (1937), H.M.S. Excellent gunnery school (1937), H.M.S. Victory (1937-1939) and lastly H.M.S. Hood (1939).

Charles was trained in meterology and gunnery. He was serving as an Acting Leading Seaman (Temporary) and was 24 years old at the time of his loss. His brother Tom was also lost on naval service (in 1934). Charles was posthumously awarded the 1939 Star, Atlantic Star and the War Medal. We have no additional information. If you have any additional details, please contact us.


Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 47, Column 1 (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
Charles's sisters, Muriel Calfe and Joy Bieltz (photo, 2001 & information April 2013)
‘Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings’ (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)