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Name: Samuel Charles Milburn Rank: Able Seaman Service Number: P/JX 158898 Service: HMS Hood, Royal Navy Date of Birth: January 13, 1923 Place of Birth: Halifax, Nova Scotia Date of Death: May 24, 1941 Age: 18 Memorial: Portsmouth Naval Memorial, England Panel: 48, Column 3 Memorialised at Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire, England Samuel Charles Milburn was the son of Sidney (1884-1930) and Alice Maud (Pragnell) Milburn (1890-1953). His mother was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England; his father in Alderbury, Wiltshire. Samuel had a sister; Alice Vera Milburn (1919-1939). There is record of him spending at least some time in England in his youth, prior to his war service. At the age of four, he travelled from Southampton, England to Halifax aboard the SS Arabic, arriving September 24, 1927. And at the age of seven he departed Canada with his family on the RMS Newfoundland for England, arriving in Liverpool on November 21, 1930. The family lived in St. Marylebone, London, England. Of the 1415 casualties of the sinking of HMS Hood, there were sixteen Newfoundlanders considered British subjects before Newfoundland joined Confederation, and four Canadians. The four Canadians on HMS Hood at the time of its loss were Midshipman Thomas Norman Kemp Beard, Midshipman Francis Llewelyn Lloyd Jones, age 20 from Revelstoke, British Columbia, Midshipman Christopher John Birdwood Norman, age 19 from Victoria, British Columbia and Able Seaman Samuel Charles Milburn. Three are remembered on the Halifax Naval Memorial in Point Pleasant Park in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Samuel Charles Milburn is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, England. See Thomas Norman Kemp Beard’s story for more information on the loss of HMS Hood. Sources: Commonwealth War Graves Commission www.hmshood.com
Samuel Charles Milburn
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