-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
Leslie Stephen Gordon

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Date of birth: 16th November 1909
Place of birth: Gosport, Hampshire, England
Parents: William and Maud Gordon
Wife: Nellie Gordon
Previous occupation: Labourer
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/J 115264
Joined Hood First time: 5th January 1932 (Able Seaman)
Left Hood First time: 30th August 1933 (Able Seaman)
Joined Hood Second time: 8th March 1941 (Able Seaman)
Left Hood Second time: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Able Seaman)



Biographical Information:

Leslie was born on 16th November 1909 in Gosport, Hampshire to William and Maud Gordon. He had an older sister, Gladys, and two young siblings, Grenville and Blodwen (known as Poppy).

Lesley was the husband of Nellie Gordon (nee Hughes), of 7 Ford Rd, Gosport. They were married in 1933. Together they had one son, Leslie Alexander Gordon, born 16th March 1936. Nellie later remarried and passed away in 1992.

Leslie served in the Royal Navy for approximately 13 years. His drafts include H.M.S. Ajax (circa 1936), H.M.S. Eagle, H.M.S. Manchester and H.M.S. Ajax (just prior to Hood). He joined Hood as a replacement sailor just before she sailed to engage Bismarck. He received the following medals (posthumously) for his naval service: The 1939-1945 Star, The Atlantic Star, The Africa Star, The 1939-1945 War Medal and The Defence Medal.

Leslie was 30 years old at the time of his loss.






History of ships served in and ratings held:


Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
22nd September 192516th May 1926ImpregbableBoy 2nd ClassADM362/10
17th May 192630th June 1926ImpregbableBoy 1st ClassADM362/10
1st July 192613th January 1927Iron DukeBoy 1st ClassADM362/10
14th January 192715th November 1927WarspiteBoy 1st ClassADM362/10
16th November 19277th November 1928WarspiteOrdinary SeamanADM362/10
8th November 192816th May 1929Victory IOrdinary SeamanADM362/10
17th May 192910th June 1929Victory IAble SeamanADM363/118
11th June 19296th August 1929Egmont II - I (Vampire)Able SeamanADM363/118
7th August 19291st September 1930CuracoaAble SeamanADM363/118
2nd September 193031st March 1931Egmont II - IIAble SeamanADM363/118
1st April 193118th April 1931Victory II - IVAble SeamanADM363/118
19th April 193122nd May 1931Victory I - IIIAble SeamanADM363/118
23rd May 19314th January 1932ConcordAble SeamanADM363/118
5th January 193230th August 1933HoodAble SeamanADM363/118
31st August 19335th September 1933Victory IAble SeamanADM363/118
6th September 19338th November 1934VernonAble SeamanADM363/118
9th November 193431st March 1935ExcellentAble SeamanADM363/118
1st April 193515th April 1935Victory IAble SeamanADM363/118
16th April 193529th September 1937AjaxAble SeamanADM363/118
30th September 193718th November 1937Victory IAble SeamanADM363/118
19th November 193725th July 1938Vernon (Wrestler)Able SeamanADM363/118
26th July 19388th August 1938Victory IAble SeamanADM363/118
9th August 19385th September 1940ManchesterAble SeamanADM363/118
6th September 194020th September 1940Victory IAble SeamanADM363/118
21st September 19407th March 1941ExcellentAble SeamanADM363/118
8th March 194124th May 1941HoodAble SeamanADM363/118


Additional Photographs
None at this time.




Memorials

Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 48, 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)
Patricia Anderson(information, August 2019)
His nephew, Leslie Stiff (photo & information, May 2004)
Alan Baptist (information, September 2004)
Danny Siggers (information, July 2011)