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In Remembrance of
Alex Cruickshank Barclay

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Date of birth: 7th October 1920
Place of birth: Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Parents: Alex and Bella Barclay
Previous occupation: Apprentice baker
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Leading Cook (S)
Service Number: P/MX 59308
Joined Hood: 10th October 1939 (Assistant Cook (s))
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Leading Cook (S))
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Biographical Information:

'Sandy', as he was known to family and friends, was born on 7th October 1920. He was the son of Alex and Bella Barclay, of May Cottage, Lumsden, Aberdeenshire. The family had previously resided in Church Street, Huntly. He was an apprentice baker before joining the Navy at age 18.

He was 20 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
22nd March 193914th September 1939Victory IIAssistant CookService Record (Navy search)
15th September 19399th October 1939Victory IIAssistant Cook (S)Service Record (Navy search)
10th October 193918th January 1940HoodAssistant Cook (S)Service Record (Navy search)
19th January 19406th May 1941HoodCook (S)Service Record (Navy search)
7th May 194124th May 1941HoodLeading Cook (S) (Temporary)Service Record (Navy search)

Additional Photos

Sandys joining certificate

A letter from Sandy to his mother

page two of Sandy's letter home. 'Gracie' is probably Gracie Fields.

The house in Lumsden where Alex and his family lived.

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

Photos of the memorial

Lumsden War Memorial, Lumsden, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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)

Alex's name is in Column 3 of Panel 57.

Detail of Alex'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)
John Scott (information and photos, May, Sept 2018 and June 2020)
His brother, Robert Barclay (photo, letters & background information, Mar 2001)
Norma Eaton (clipping from "Huntly Express", late May 1941)