About Us: The H.M.S. Hood Association
Updated 06-Jun-2022

Here you will find information on the Hood's veterans, families and enthusiasts group, the H.M.S. Hood Association.
You can learn about our history and our activities and find oput how to join us.

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Who We Are & What We Do

H.M.S. Hood Association Standard The H.M.S. Hood Association was established in 1975 by a group of several former Hood crew members, including two of the three survivors of her sinking. The Association has been going strong since that time. Although nearly all of the men who served in Hood have now died, the Association has successfully transitioned into a new post-veteran era. Our members now included not only relatives of men who were lost in or served in the ship but enthusiasts of all types who share a coomon interest in perpetuating the memory of the Mighty Hood and her crew. We are still a vibrant organisation holding regular events as well as issuing the copies of our Newsletter "The Chough" every year. Anyone is welcome to join the Association - find out more on our Membership Page.

Organisational Structure
The Association is administered by a body of twelve key elected members known as the Association Committee. Each member has fills an assigned role within the Committee (Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Memberships, Liaison, website/newsletter, crew data, etc. They meet on an as-needed basis and all Association activity is handled through them. Our patron is Lord Henry Hood, whose family are the namesakes of the ship. Our President is Rear Admiral Philip Wilcocks, whose uncle Eric Wilcocks was lost in the sinking of Hood. We also have four honourary Vice-Presidents. Find out more on our Committee page.

Our Activities
Our members assemble each May on the weekend closest to 24th May (the anniversary of the sinking) for an Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Annual Dinner.  These are followed by our official memorial service at St. Ann's Church, Portsmouth. Members usually also attend the public memorial service at the Church of St. John the Baptist in Boldre, New Forest, Hampshire. In addition to occasional special appearances and functions, members of the Association also gather annually at the Southsea memorial in Portsmouth at 11:00 hours on Remembrance Day, 11 November, to honour Hood's lost. You can learn more about our activities and events bon our Events Page.

Useful links

How to join the Association

The Association Committee

Association Events

Association newsletters

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