Charles Mitchell's release from the Navy, 1946

Photo of Charles Mitchell (standing) and his friends who were all crew on HMS Hood
Contributed to the Letter in the Attic by Christine Desborough
Order for Release From Naval Service (Class A) of Charles Alfred Mitchell
Contributed to the Letter in the Attic by Christine Desborough

Charles Alfred Mitchell (1919-2000) was born in Brighton and worked in the family’s building business in Kemp Town all his life. He signed up to the Royal Navy in 1940, and married Doris Susan Cook in 1941. Throughout the course of the Second World War he served as a plumber A/4th class. During this time he saw active service on many ships including HMS Drake, HMS Norfolk and HMS Defiance but he was taken ill and hospitalised on the day he should have been joining the Royal Navy battle cruiser HMS Hood on its final tour of duty. He lost many of his friends when the HMS Hood was sunk by the Bismarck on May 24 1941.

Charles’ order of release has been donated to the Letter in the Attic project by his daughter, Christine Desborough.

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  • My Uncle, Ronald Payne, living in Moulescombe, Brighton. Born 1916, the family story is he came off HMS Hood just before its last voyage because he was ill. Also that he married a nurse from the hospital. I believe 12 people came off together and one of them might have been Jon Pertwee who was sent to Portsmouth for officer training. Would love to find out about the others who came off then.

    By Glynice Smith (24/05/2013)

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