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

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Alfred James Cockhead

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Date of birth: 11th January 1905
Place of birth: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Parents: Oliver and Mary Cockhead
Wife: Alice Cockhead
Previous occupation: Butcher's Assistant
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Leading Stoker
Service Number: P/K 62317
Joined Hood: 30th December 1939 (Leading Stoker)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Leading Stoker)
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Biographical Information:

Alfred was born 11th January 1905 to parents Oliver and Mary Cockhead of Portsmouth, Hampshire. Alfred joined the Navy at age 18. He served in H.M.S. Milford and other ships prior to Hood.

Alfred was the husband of Alice Cockhead, of Gosport, Hampshire. Together they had 4 children. He was 36 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
17th September 192323rd January 1924Victory IIStoker 2nd ClassADM188/985
24th January 192416th September 1924ArgusStoker 2nd ClassADM188/985
17th September 19242nd November 1925ArgusStoker 1st ClassADM188/985
3rd November 192524th November 1925Pembroke IIStoker 1st ClassADM188/985
25th November 19254th December 1925Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM188/985
5th December 19253rd April 1926CenturionStoker 1st ClassADM188/985
4th April 192626th April 1926Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM188/985
27th April 192616th December 1927DolphinStoker 1st ClassADM188/985
17th December 19275th November 1930WistariaStoker 1st ClassADM188/985
6th November 19305th January 1931Victory II - VIStoker 1st ClassADM363/400
6th January 193131st August 1932ExcellentStoker 1st ClassADM363/400
1st September 19324th May 1934NelsonStoker 1st ClassADM363/400
5th May 19347th September 1934Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/400
8th September 193431st October 1934Effingham ([illegible])Stoker 1st ClassADM363/400
1st November 193414th May 1935Effingham ([illegible])Acting Leading StokerADM363/400
15th May 193531st October 1935MilfordActing Leading StokerADM363/400
1st November 193523rd November 1937MilfordLeading StokerADM363/400
24th November 193718th March 1938VictoryLeading StokerADM363/400
19th March 193824th August 1938EnterpriseLeading StokerADM363/400
25th August 193830th September 1938Effingham (Enterprise)Leading StokerADM363/400
1st October 193827th October 1938EnterpriseLeading StokerADM363/400
28th October 193828th July 1939Effingham (Enterprise)Leading StokerADM363/400
29th July 193924th August 1939Victory IV (Enterprise)Leading StokerADM363/400
25th August 19393rd December 1939EnterpriseLeading StokerADM363/400
4th December 193929th December 1939Victory IILeading StokerADM363/400
30th December 193924th May 1941HoodLeading StokerADM363/400

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)

Alfred's name is in Column 2 of Panel 54.

Detail of Alfred'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)
Alfred's grandson, Keith Casey (photos & information, 2001)
The National Archives (ADM 188/985)