Rank: Cook's Mate
Regiment: Royal Navy, HMS Carysfort
William John Hookings, known as Jack, was born in Beer on 8 August 1895. He was the son of William John Hookings senior, a fish dealer, and the brother of Reggie (who was killed at Paschendaele) and Edward who was in the Gloucestershire Regiment and survived the war.
Jack joined the Royal Navy at Devonport (HMS Vivid) on 26 November 1914 as a cook’s mate 2nd class. On 8 June 1915 he joined the brand new light cruiser HMS Carysfort on the day she was commissioned. Carysfort became the lead ship of the 4th Destroyer Flotilla of the Grand Fleet, and in 1916, the flagship of the Harwich Force. In 1917 she joined the 7th Light Cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet.
Jack left Carysfort on 18 May 1919 and was posted ashore to HMS Vivid at Devonport. He left the Royal Navy on 16 March 1920.
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