-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
Harry Robert Wilcockson

Photo of Stoker 1st Class Harry Robert Wilcockson, courtesy of Cecelia Massey & her daughter, Helen Taylor, December 2009

Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Stoker 1st Class
Service Number: P/KX 100454
Date Joined Hood: April 1940
Biographical Information: "Jimmy" as he was known, was born on 29 October 1919 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. He was the only son of Harry and Lily Wilcockson, of 10 Powell's Crescent, Ashby, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire. He attended school at the Doncaster Road and Frodingham schools. Upon leaving school, he worked with his father for the contracting company William Birch and Sons. Jimmy was known to be an excellent sportsman - he was an experienced boxer and boxed frequently in Scunthorpe, Leeds and Grimsby. He was also a member of the Co-op Cycling Club.

Jimmy joined the Navy in December 1939. Following naval training he joined his only ship, Hood. He was engaged to Cecelia Massey of Scunthorpe. He was 21 years old at the time of his loss. We have no additional information.

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Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 55, Column 3 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire
Additional Photographs
Photo of Stoker 1st Class Harry Robert Wilcockson, courtesy of Cecelia Massey & her daughter, Helen Taylor, December 2009  Photo of Stoker 1st Class Harry Robert Wilcockson and his cousin, courtesy of Cecelia Massey & her daughter, Helen Taylor, December 2009
Above/Left- Jimmy as a boxer; Above/Right- Jimmy and his cousin
Below- Harry and Lily Wilcockson

Photo Harry and Lily Wilcockson, courtesy of Cecelia Massey & her daughter, Helen Taylor, December 2009
Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Cecelia Massey & her daughter, Helen Taylor (photo & information, December 2009)
‘Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings’ (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)