-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour
Memorials to Men Lost in the Sinking of Hood, 24th May 1941

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Henry David Ayres

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Date of birth: 2nd July 1922
Place of birth: West Ham, Essex, England
Parents: David & Mary Ayres
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordinary Signalman
Service Number: P/JX 216602
Joined Hood: Autumn 1940
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)







Biographical Information:

Henry was born on 2nd July 1922 in West Ham, Essex to David and Mary Ayres. As a young man, he was educated at Upton Park Central School (associated to the Quaker Meeting House). His mother died in 1936 leaving his father with a family of four children.

Both Henry's father and his elder brother John had followed naval careers. Henry did likewise. He trained at H.M.S. Ganges and was posted to Hood sometime during the autumn of 1940. He was 18 years old at the time of his loss. He was postumously awarded the 1939-1945 Star, War Medal and Atlantic Star.





Additional Photos



A newspaper clipping from the "Recorded" 12 June 1941 reporting Henry's death.





Memorials

Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 52, Column 1






Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire









Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Henry's sister, Mrs Shirley Smart (photo & information, Feb-Mar 2001)