-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 Arthur Giffen

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Date of birth: 12th April 1921
Place of birth: Fulham, Middlesex, England
Parents: Ernest and Ethel Giffen
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Stoker 2nd Class
Service Number: P/KX 116946
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

John was born on 12th April 1921 in Fulham, London to Ernest and Ethel Giffen. The family later lived in West Brompton, London. John had 2 brothers, George (known as Bill) who fought in Burma and Ernest who fought in Dunkirk; also three sisters Rose, Joan and Shirley. He was 20 years old at the time of his loss.

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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 1 of Panel 56.

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)
His niece, Jean De Mennato (photo & information, November 2016)
Rosie Smith (information, August 2002 & August 2008)