-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-Nov-2014

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Herbert William Wells

Photo of Ordinary Seaman Herbert William Wells, courtesy of Andrew Wells, October 2014

Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordinary Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 159717
Date Joined Hood: 02 June 1939
Biographical Information: "Billy", as he was known, was born on Thursday, 02 November 1922 at 51 Kirkby Street, The Meadows, Nottingham. His parents were Herbert and Elizabeth Wells. He had a brother named Derek, a sister named Barbara and two step sisters, Beatrice and Edna. The family relocated to 67 Woolmer Rd, The Meadows, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire when Billy was a young boy.

Billy is believed to have attended junior school at Trent Bridge Junior School from 1927 to 1933. He is believed to have attended senior school at Trent Bridge Elementary School on Green Street from 1933 - 1937. Following school, Billy worked as an errand boy. He held this position until he enlisted as a Boy 2nd Class in the Navy in August 1938.

Billy was posted to H.M.S. Ganges for training from 29 August 1938 through June 1939. He was promoted to Boy 1st Class during this timeframe (on 26 March 1939). He joined his only ship, H.M.S. Hood at Portsmouth on Friday, 02 June 1939. He was promoted to Ordinary Seaman on 02 November 1940. Billy would have been aboard during Hood's entire wartime service, to include the action at Mers el-Kebir and of course, the action with Bismarck.

He was 18 years old at the time of his loss. He was posthumously awarded the 1939 - 1945 Star, Atlantic Star and 1939 - 1945 War Medal. We have no additional information.



Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 51, Column 2 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire
Additional Photographs
  Photo of Ordinary Seaman Herbert William Wells, courtesy of Andrew Wells, October 2014   Photo of Ordinary Seaman Herbert William Wells, courtesy of Andrew Wells, October 2014
Above/Left- Billy at four years old; Above/Right- Billy aboard Hood in 1940/41;



Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Elaine & Neil Bampton (photo, May 2003)
Ian Guest (photo & information, Feb 2012)
His nephew, Andrew J. Wells (photos & information, July & October 2014)
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ