H.M.S. Hood Association Battle Cruiser Hood

AssociationLearn More About Us & How You Can Help
To learn more about the H.M.S. Hood Association, to include our history, activities, how to join and how you can help support our efforts, please CLICK HERE.


80th Anniversary Events


'H.M.S. HOOD - MIGHTY THEN, MIGHTY NOW'
A new film from the H.M.S. Hood Association

To mark the 20th anniversary of the discovery of the wreck of H.M.S. Hood, and the 80th anniversary of the tragic loss of the ship in the Battle of the Denmark Strait, the H.M.S. Hood Association has commissioned a film linking the Royal Navy of today with the Royal Navy of 1941.

To do that, we turned to one of the Royal Navy's newest warships - H.M.S. Tamar. Using the complex multi-layered resource of the Association's website - with its wealth of information, pictures and crew detail - we set out to find 'pairs' from H.M.S. Hood then, with H.M.S. Tamar now. We sought ages, trades and hometowns among those who fought in the battle - and then, with the kind support of R.N. PR and all on board Tamar, found sailors serving in her whose profile matched, as closely as possible, their forebears. These volunteers then studied our data on their 'pairs' and viewed two films about Hood: her first dedicated TV documentary, 1997's 'The Mighty Hood'and the Association's own production, 'For Years Unseen', about the recovery of her ship's bell in 2001.

The thoughts that came to the Tamar pairs, along with those of her Captain, form the centrepiece of 'H.M.S. Hood - Mighty Then, Mighty Now'. Along with new and exclusive interviews with veterans, and outstanding colour footage of Hood in 1939, our film sets out to show that H.M.S. Hood and the values she represented are as important to Navy and nation today as they were when she and her ship's company died for freedom on the 24th of May, 1941.

'H.M.S. Hood - Mighty Then, Mighty Now' will be released on the 18th of July - the day, exactly two decades ago, when the search team led by undersea explorer David Mearns found the shattered wreck of Hood, 2,845 metres beneath the waters of the Denmark Strait.

Click here to access 'H.M.S. Hood - Mighty Then, Mighty Now'.
(Available from 18th July 2021)




Orkney International Science Festival

The HMS Hood Association is delighted that 'Another Orkney Production', with support from the Orkney International Science Festival, have run an online event commemorating the 80th anniversary of Hood's loss./

Participants included our President Rear Admiral Philip Wilcocks, Vice-presidents Rob White and David Mearns, and Chairman Cdr William Sutherland. Links to the various discussions are below.




Iconic Ships: H.M.S. Hood

The Society of Nautical Research has released through its Mariner's Mirror Podcast facility, a presentation by the late Professor Eric Grove who makes the case for Hood as an 'iconic ship.' This recording of Eric who was for so many years a stalwart friend and supporter of the Association, was made only a few days before his untimely death and was the last piece of work he completed.We are grateful to the Society of Nautical Research for their work in producing and releasing this important appraisal of Hood's place in British Naval history.

Click here to access the Podcast.




Service of Commemoration for Hood's lost

The Association would like to express its gratitude to Fr. Tim Handley SSC, Parish Priest of St. James, Garlickhythe for his support in arranging and leading the Service of Commemoration for Hood's lost, initiated by former Association Vice-President Joanna Warrand, and held on Monday 24th May 2021. Our thanks also go to the organist and singers as well as to our Patron Viscount Hood and Chaplain Rev. Ali Mepham for their participation in the commemoration. You can watch a recording of the service online in the following ways:

Click here to access the Order of Service.




Shine a Light - thank you!

The Association would like to express its thanks to all those who joined us in the Shine a Light initiative over the period of the 80th Anniversary.

We were moved both by the number of people who took part as well as by the thought and care which had so clearly been put into the individual tributes to men lost with the ship. Our grateful thanks are also due to the many organisations including branches of the Royal British Legion, The Royal Naval Association, Pompey Pals, Sea Cadets and others who held services or events across the U.K. in support of Shine a Light.

Over the coming days we will start to collect and collate all the posts made across Facebook and other social media platforms with a view to including them in an archive of tributes within this website to form a permanent record of the 80th Anniversary. We will remember them...




Memorial Gallery

Usually at this time of year we hold our Reunion Dinner at which we display a gallery of photos of the men who were lost with the ship. Sadly, this year's dinner has had to be postponed until November. But you can still view the collection of photos which this year number over 1000, together with place holders for the men for whom, sadly, we have as yet been unable to find an image of. Click on the name of any man to visit their individual memorial page.

Click here to visit the H.M.S. Hood memorial Gallery.

As always, if you are able to help with any additional photographs or information about any of the men lost with Hood we would very much like to hear from you. Please email us at crewsubs@hmshood.org.uk




H.M.S. Hood - Mighty then, Mighty Now

A film commissioned by the Association to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Hood's loss will be entitled 'H.M.S. Hood - Mighty then, Mighty Now'. The film is being made through the generous work of Maritime Films U.K. Members wishing to contribute to the cost of making this film can do so via PayPal using the button below.

Details of how to access the film will be posted as soon as we have final information.




Pompey Pals Day of Remembrance

On Saturday 11th September, The Pompey Pals are holding a Day of Remembrance at Castle Field Southsea, supported by Portsmouth City Council.

The morning will be dedicated to remembering all those who lost their lives on H.M.S. Hood and the Portsmouth Blitz. The afternoon will be story telling and raising awareness of local organisations who support our Service Veterans today. Portsmouth Military Wives Choir will be in attendance along with a Marching Band amongst others.

It is planned for the HMSHA Roll of Honour and Memorial Gallery to be displayed at the event.




Forthcoming events

Saturday 11th September, 2021
Pompey Pals Event

See above

Thursday 11th November, 2021 10:30
Armistice Day Service at Southsea National War memorial

We continue to plan to hold our Annual Dinner, face-to-face, in the Royal Maritime Club, Portsmouth on the evening of Thursday 11th November, the day of our Remembrance Service in Southsea. More details will be published in due course, so put the date in your diary!

Saturday 21st May, 2022,
AGM and Runion Dinner

We sincerely hope that these will take place in person at the Royal Maritime Club, Portsmouth. Please put the date in your diary. Further details will follow nearer the time.

Sunday 22nd May, 2022
Service at St. Anne's church in the Dockyard

Details of the service will be posted here closer to the date.

Sunday 29th May, 2022, 11.00
Boldre Memorial Service, 2022

it is hoped that, next year, the Boldre service will be 'in person' as well as on line.






On this day...

Below you will find details of where the ship was on 29th July each year. Where the year in the first column includes the word 'details' in brackets, you can click this link to access a full transcription of Hood's log for that date.

Year

From

To

At

1920Cromarty
1921Devonport
1922Devonport
1923Devonport
1924Port Royal
1925Devonport
1926Portsmouth
1927Portsmouth
1928Portsmouth
1929
1930
1931Portsmouth
1932Portsmouth
1933Portsmouth PHJ
1934Portsmouth
1935Portsmouth
1936Portsmouth
1937Malta
1938Palma
1939Portsmouth
1940Gibraltar

For further details why not visit our Timeline which describes in details the ship's career from 1920 to 1941. Or, if want to check when she was at a particular place or where she was on a range of dates then our ship movements database is worth a visit.



Memorials to Hood's lost

The memorial pages to the men lost will always be the central part of this web site. Below we feature two of the 1415 men lost with the ship - one for whom we have a photo and the other for whom we do not. You can find out more about the men who died in the sinking of the ship by visiting our Roll of Honour page

Percival Bennett



Memorial photo appeal

Sadly, for 402 of the men lost with the ship we have no photo.Do you have local knowledge or contacts which would help us reduce this number? Please visit our Memorial photo appeal page to find out more.

John Kenneth Baxter


Remembering Hood's crew


We want to remember and commemorate the lives of all the men who served in Hood from 1920 to 1941. To that end we have a page for each man about whom we have information. On these we record details of their lives and service as well as including photos of them with their families and service mates. Please visit our H.M.S. Hood Crew Database section to find out more.


Updates to crew pages


During the last two weeks, we have created the following new crew pages:

No records amended in previous seven days