- Surnames starting with the letter K. 

Sylvius Lawrence (Laurie) Kempton

Rank:O.SignalmanNumber:P/JX 210204
Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:Royal Navy
Name of Rgt or Ship:H.M.S. Hood
How Died:Killed at Sea
Country of burial:Lost at SeaGrave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Portsmouth Naval Memorial
Town Memorial:Hale
Extra Information:
One of four sons, attended Wadham House School, Hale and Manchester Grammar

He volunteered for the RN in June 1940 and H.M.S. Hood was his first (and
only as it turned out) ship.   His second eldest brother is a Lieutenant in
the RN.

Listed as S. Lawrence Kempton on Hale Cenotaph.

H.M.S. Hood was sunk at 0600hrs on the 24/05/41 in the Denmark Straight in
position 63.25N 31.55W, by the 15" guns of the German battleship "Bismark"
- there were only 3 survivors.   It was a battlecruiser, built between 1918
& 1920, it had a displacement of 42,100 tons and a complement of 1,350

Commemorated on the family grave in Hale Cem.

His father, Sylvius had died 14/01/1937 aged 53 and his mother Marion died
30/08/1982 aged 78.

Death reported in the 06/06/1941 edition of the Sale & Stretford Guardian. 
Photo in local newspaper.

Memorials found on:
Hale United Reformed
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