-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
Joseph Gillan

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Date of birth: 18th July 1920
Place of birth: Musselburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Service: Royal Marines
Rank: Marine
Service Number: PO/X 3429
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Joe, as he was known, was born on 18th July 1920. He was the second eldest of 6 children born to Andrew and Margaret Gillan of Musselburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. He was a member of Hood's Number Four 4" gun crew. He was 20 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos

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

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Musselburgh War Memorial, Musselburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

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Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea, Hampshire, England

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Mrs TM Southgate (photo, April 2004)
His nephew, Wing Commander Joseph Gillan, RAF (information, May 2004 & photo, March 2016)
His niece, Rhona Buchan (photo and information, Nov 2018)