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In Remembrance of
Hugh Whitelaw Philp Maclean

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Date of birth: 23rd May 1911
Place of birth: Leith, Midlothian, Scotland
Parents: Alexander and Isabella Maclean
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordinary Coder
Service Number: P/JX 215223
Joined Hood: 7th February 1941
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information: Hugh Maclean was born on 23rd May 1911 to Alexander and Isabella Maclean, of Leith, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. He was one of the generation of young men who, although not having had any contact with the Armed Forces previously, joined up to ‘do their bit’ during World War II. Hood was his first ship as well as his last.

Hugh was a young man of finer feeling, a keen musician and a committed member of his local church, the Good Shepherd Church, Murrayfield, of which he was the organist. Surviving photos of him hint at his good humour but also speak of his earnest, thoughtful demeanour.

Nearly 30 when he enlisted, Hugh was about twice the age of those youngsters who chose the Royal Navy as a peacetime career. He was categorised as a coder – a specialisation requiring far above average intelligence – but, having served very little time in the Service, was still in the very junior ‘Ordinary’ rate.

Hugh’s loss was keenly felt, not only by his family but also within the wider community – see surviving documents below. He was 30 when he died.

Additional Photos

A youthful Hugh Maclean

Hugh, wearing a hat (in the fashion of the day) and carrying a book. Perhaps, in view of his interests, the book was a book of music or a religious publication.

Hugh (at left) as best man at the wedding of his brother, Alastair.

Hugh's death notice in 'The Scotsman' newspaper.

Notification of Hugh's death in the magazine of his church.

Eight months after Hugh's death, his mother writes a condolence letter to a friend who had suffered a similar loss. The letter is a touching record of her grief.

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)

Hugh's name is in Column 1 of Panel 53.

Detail of Hugh'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)
Alastair Maclean (information, June 2004)
Catrin Timmins, family member, photos and information April 2024