-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 18-Dec-2014

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Ralph William Trotter

Photo of Petty Officer Telegraphist Ralph William Trotter courtesy of his great-nephew Jonathan Trotter, January 2008

Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Petty Officer Telegraphist
Service Number: P/J 34648
Date Joined Hood: Unknown
Biographical Information: Ralph was born on 28 January 1899 in Hinckley, Leicestershire. He was one of four children (2 girls, 2 boys) born to Nathaniel Joseph Henry Trotter (b 1858 d 1933) and Emma (Mee) Trotter (b 1861 d 9/5/1906).

Ralph joined the Royal Navy during the First World War and served aboard H.M.S. Warspite during the Battle of Jutland. When the Second World War broke out, Ralph was called up from the reserves to join the crew of H.M.S. Hood. Ralph was 42 years old at the time of his loss.

Ralph’s service and influence inspired his nephew, John Henry Trotter, to follow him into the Royal Navy in 1937; John’s subsequent service involved him in the continuation of the Battle of the Atlantic on convoy duty in the Western Approaches. We have no additional information.

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Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 52, Column 2 (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
The National Achives (ADM 188/716)
His great-nephew, Jonathan Trotter (photo & information, January 2008)