-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
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Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
William Frederick Hughes

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Date of birth: 5th November 1916
Place of birth: Kingston, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Wife: Doreen Hughes
Service: Royal Marines
Rank: Marine
Service Number: PO/X 1816
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Bill, as he was known, was born on 5th November 1916 in Kingston, Portsmouth, Hampshire. He was one of six children born to his family. The family lived at Esslemont Rd, Southsea, Portsmouth.

Bill first applied to join the Royal Marines when he was 18. He was turned down and told that he wasn't big or strong enough. Bill subsequently trained very hard and built up his physique. The recuiter was impressed with his spirit and inducted him into the Marines in 1936.

Bill married Doreen Harfitt in January 1940 or 1941. The couple didn't get to see each other much due to Hood being in Scotland and Doreen being in Portsmouth. Bill is believed to have served as an artillery specialist in Hood's "X" turret. He was 24 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos

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)

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

William's name is in Column 1 of Panel 59.

Detail of William'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)