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Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

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In Remembrance of
Raymond William Kerr

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Date of birth: 8th September 1923
Place of birth: Wallsend, Northumberland, England
Parents: Freeman and Isa Kerr
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Boy 1st Class
Service Number: P/JX 163139
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Raymond was born on 8th September 1923 in Wallsend, Northumberland to Freeman and Isa Kerr. Freeman was a Warrant Officer in the Royal Air Force. Raymond had four siblings, Gladys, John, Trevor, and Maureen. The family lived in a number of towns due to Freeman's military service, but at the time of Raymond's naval service, the family lived in Blackpool, Lancashire.

Raymond was known to have played football at school. He was also known to have a good sense of humour and to be well liked. Upon joining the Navy he intended to make a career of it. He was very excited about being assigned to Hood.

Raymond was 17 years old at the time of his loss.

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)

Raymond's name is in Column 3 of Panel 51.

Detail of Raymond'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)
Julie & Keri Povall (photo & information, October 2010)