EAST HADDON HISTORY SOCIETY Northamptonshire, England

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WILLIAM SIMS

William Sims served in the Royal Navy, and was lost on HMS Hood. It is assumed his loss occurred when “Hood” was sunk by the German battleship “Bismark” on 24th May 1941, although his loss is listed on the village War Memorial as 1939. He died age 21.


Born in London on 29th February 1920, William was the son of Harry and Maude Sims. The family lived in Chobham, Surrey. Before joining up, William was employed as a groom at Priestwell House in East Haddon.


William is memorialised on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, and also at the Hood Chapel in the church of St John, Boldre, Hampshire.




Rank:               Engine Room Artificer 4th Class    

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