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Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Robert Terence Grogan

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Date of birth: 20th September 1899
Place of birth: Baltinglass, Wicklow, Irish Republic
Parents: Capt. John Grogan and Alice Grogan
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Commander (E)
Joined Hood: 5th May 1939
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Commander (E))
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Biographical Information:

Terry, as he was known, was born on 20th September 1899 to parents Capt. John Hubert Grogan, and of Alice Evelyn Manners Grogan, of Lower Walmer, Kent. He is known to have attended the Haileybury School from 1913 to 1915. His brother Hubert was lost during World War One.

He was affectionately known as "The Chief" to his close friends. He was remembered in the Portsmouth Evening News, May 1941 as someone who was "one of the most resolute and delightful men, who combined extreme versatility with an almost boyish enthusiasm for his job." Terry was also a keen documentor of naval life and affairs. He made numerous films and recordings during his naval career. Some of these recordings featured Hood.

Terry was 41 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
16th February 191811th February 1919BellerophonMidshipmanADM196/148
12th February 191928th February 1919MarlboroughMidshipmanADM196/148
1st March 191914th July 1919Marlborough
on recommissioning
15th July 1919November 1919Marlborough
ordered home
19th February 192017th April 1920DragonSub-LieutenantADM196/148
18th April 192027th July 1920Dolphin
additional for
Submarine course
28th July 192014th July 1921Inconstant
for Submarines
15th July 19214th August 1921Inconstant
Acting LieutenantADM196/148
5th August 1921October 1921Dolphin
Additional for service in Submarines as spare officer
Acting LieutenantADM196/148
7th October 1921April 1922President
Additional for
Course at Cambridge
Acting LieutenantADM196/148
23rd April 192228th July 1922Excellent
for courses
Acting LieutenantADM196/148
15th August 19221st October 1922ResolutionLieutenant (E)ADM196/148
1st October 192228th February 1923Warspite
Additional for Engine Room training to obtain Engine Room Watch Keeping Certificate
Lieutenant (E)ADM196/148
1st March 192326th September 1923Warspite
for Engine Room duty
Lieutenant (E)ADM196/148
27th September 1923May 1924President
additional for
Preliminary Course of instruction in (E) at R.N. College, Greenwich
Lieutenant (E)ADM196/148
8th May 19247th September 1925Vivid
additional for
Course of instruction in (E) at Keyham
Lieutenant (E)ADM196/148
8th September 192531st May 1926Revenge
additional for Engine Room duty
Lieutenant (E)ADM196/148
1st June 1926Service Record closed 1/10/1926Revenge
Lieutenant (E)ADM196/148
UnknownUnknown (January 1929 or earlier)PembrokeLieutenant (E)Navy List July 1927 / January 1928
Unknown14th July 1929Keyham CollegeLieutenant (E)Navy List February 1929
15th July 1929Unknown (before 23rd September 1929)Keyham CollegeLieutenant-Commander (E)Navy List July 1931
23rd September 1929Unknown (Before 17th March 1932)CumberlandLieutenant-Commander (E)Navy List July 1931
17th March 193229th June 1933PembrokeLieutenant-Commander (E)Navy List January 1933
30th June 1933Unknown (Before December 1933)PembrokeCommander (E)Navy List January 1933
17th December 1933Unknown (Before 1st April 1936)EmeraldCommander (E)Navy List July 1934 / October 1935
1st April 1936Unknown (Before 5th May 1939)SheffieldCommander (E)Navy List July 1937
5th May 193924th May 1941HoodCommander (E)Navy List August 1939

Additional Photographs
None at this time.

Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

The part of the memorial in which the Hood casualty names can be found.
(Panels 45 to 61)

Robert's name is in Column 2 of Panel 45.

Detail of Robert's name.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Portsmouth Evening News, May 1941
Haileybury School (information)