H.M.S. Hood Association Battle Cruiser Hood

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80th Anniversary Events

To mark the 80th anniversary of the loss of the ship on 24th May the Association is planning the following events:

Service of Commemoration for Hood's lost

A Service of Commemoration for Hood's lost, arranged before her own death recently by former Association Vice-President Joanna Warrand, will be held on Monday 24th May 2021 at 12.15pm in St. James Garlickhythe, London. If you wish to attend the service please check the church's web site in advance for any Covid restrictions. Alternatively you can watch the service on line in the following ways:

  • via Facebook
  • via YouTube (subscribe to the Channel)

    Shine a Light for one of the 1415

    Remembrance of the 1415 men lost with the ship is central to our events. Sadly, Covid restrictions have meant that our Annual Reunion Dinner, at which photographs of the men would have been displayed, has had to be postponed. As a result, we are asking you to "Shine a Light" at home this year. This will involve displaying a poster in your window over the Anniversary period. Details are available in this flier.

    We hope that remembering the men in this way will make their sacrifices more widely known across the U.K. and indeed the wider world than has ever been the case in the past. We will remember them...

    The link below may help you choose the crewman for whom you decide to 'Shine a Light'. Perhaps you will choose:

    - someone who came from your home town;
    - someone who has the same Christian name or surname;
    - someone who is the same age or the age you were when you get married.

    Click here to access the casualty database.

    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

    Monday 24th May, 2021
    Memorial Service at St. James Garlickhythe, London

    See above

    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 17th May 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.





    1920RosythPlymouthCawsand Bay
    1932Moray FirthExercisesSea & Dornoch Firth
    1936Las PalmasGibraltar
    1940 (details)Devonport

    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

William Frederick Spencer Dowdell

Memorial photo appeal

Sadly, for 411 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.

Edward John Essex Woelfell

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