-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 03-Aug-2017

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Joseph Ward

Photo of Ordinary Telegraphist Joseph Ward, courtesy of Sylvia Forster, Sept 2011

Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordinary Telegraphist
Service Number: P/SSX 31782
Date Joined Hood: 28 September 1940
Biographical Information: Joe, as he was known, was born on 26 February 1922 in Cramlington, Northumberland to Thomas and Margaret Ward. The family came from a coal mining background and were originally from New Hartley. They later moved to 44 Bristol Street, Seaton Delavel (which is where Joe was raised).

He had five brothers and three sisters (to include his sister Edna who helped him join the Navy, and his older brother Stanley who also served in the Navy. Joe is known to have loved playing football. He also worked as a coal miner before joining the Navy in November 1939. He was trained at H.M.S. Victory 1 and joined Hood in September 1940. He was 19 years old at the time of his loss. We have no additional information.

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Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 53, Column 1 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
Holy Trinity, Church of England, Seghill,Northumberland
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire
Additional Photographs
Photo of Ordinary Telegraphist Joseph Ward, courtesy of Sylvia Forster, Sept 2011

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
David Anderson (information, May & June 2017)
Sylvia Forster (photos, Sept 2011)
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ