-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
John Roderick Down

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Date of birth: 25th September 1920
Parents: Frederick and Margaret Down
Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Rank: Sub-Lieutenant
Joined Hood: 10th April 1940
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Sub-Lieutenant R.N.V.R.)
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Biographical Information:

John was the youngest son of Frederick and Margaret Down, of Edinburgh. John was serving as an Acting Sub-Lieutenant during Hood's final mission. He was 20 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)

John's name is in Column 2 of Panel 60.

Detail of John'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)
Marietta Chrichton Stuart (information and photo, August 2018)
ADM 101/565