-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
Kenneth Aldred Baker

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Date of birth: 26th January 1896
Place of birth: Lewisham, London, England
Parents: Kenneth and Eveline Baker
Wife: Catherine Baker
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Petty Officer Telegraphist
Service Number: P/JX 147862
Joined Hood:
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)






Biographical Information: Ken was the husband of Catherine Baker, of Waterlooville, Hampshire. He was the son of Kenneth and Eveline Baker. Ken's daughter, Barbara Gould, now lives in Spain and remembers her father as 'a wonderful man and quite a character.' Barbara says that Ken and Catherine had six children and that the family had a very strong naval tradition.

When Ken was lost with Hood, his eldest son, aged 16 and a half, was in training on the Isle of Man to enter the Royal Navy himself. Once he finished his training he joined the flag ship King George V which by chance had been the ship, along with H.M.S. Rodney which finally caught up with and sank Bismarck. Ken's second son joined the Fleet Air Arm and served in three aircrft carriers including Eagle and Bulwark. The youngest son was an Engineer officer on Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. Ken was 42 years old at the time of his loss.






History of ships served in and ratings held:


Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
16th July 191216th June 1913ImpregnableBoy 2nd ClassADM188/684
17th June 191317th June 1913ImpregnableBoy 1st ClassADM188/684
18th June 19136th November 1913GibraltarBoy 1st ClassADM188/684
7th November 191325th January 1914VictoryBoy 1st ClassADM188/684
26th January 191410th February 1914VictoryOrdinary SeamanADM188/684
11th February 191423rd May 1915BirminghamOrdinary SeamanADM188/684
24th May 19152nd September 1915BirminghamOrdinary TelegraphistADM188/684
3rd September 191524th April 1916BirminghamTelegraphistADM188/684
25th April 19162nd June 1916CyclopsTelegraphistADM188/684
3rd June 191626th October 1916BirminghamTelegraphistADM188/684
27th October 19161st December 1916Mars TelegraphistADM188/684
2nd December 191610th January 1917Mars Leading TelegraphistADM188/684
11th January 191731st March 1917Mars TelegraphistADM188/684
1st April 191715th April 1917Dido (Matchless)TelegraphistADM188/684
16th April 19175th May 1917Attentive II (Matchless)TelegraphistADM188/684
6th May 19172nd September 1918[Entry illegible]Leading TelegraphistADM188/684
3rd September 191828th February 1919[Entry illegible]TelegraphistADM188/684
1st March 19192nd April 1919[Entry illegible]TelegraphistADM188/684
3rd April 191913th April 1919[Entry illegible]TelegraphistADM188/684
14th April 191915th December 1919[Entry illegible]TelegraphistADM188/684
16th December 191930th December 1919[Entry illegible]TelegraphistADM188/684
31st December 191920th January 1920[Entry illegible]Leading TelegraphistADM188/684
21st January 192030th September 1920[Entry illegible]Leading TelegraphistADM188/684
1st October 19201st January 1921EgmontLeading TelegraphistADM188/684
2nd January 19213rd November 1921CardiffLeading TelegraphistADM188/684
4th November 192113th January 1922CentaurLeading TelegraphistADM188/684
14th January 192220th January 1923CardiffLeading TelegraphistADM188/684
21st January 192318th January 1924Victory ILeading TelegraphistADM188/684
19th January 192430th August 1924Excellent Leading TelegraphistADM188/684
31st August 192431st December 1925CuracoaLeading TelegraphistADM188/684
1st January 19266th January 1926CuracoaActing Petty Officer TelegraphistADM188/684
7th January 192615th August 1926Victory IActing Petty Officer TelegraphistADM188/684
16th August 192631st December 1926Effingham IIActing Petty Officer TelegraphistADM188/684
1st January 192724th September 1927Effingham IIPetty Officer TelegraphistADM188/684
25th September 192719th October 1927DespatchPetty Officer TelegraphistADM188/684
20th October 19279th December 1927Victory IPetty Officer TelegraphistADM188/684
10th December 192730th December 1928YarmouthPetty Officer TelegraphistADM188/684
31st December 192825th January 1936CairoPetty Officer TelegraphistADM188/684
26th January 1936UnknownShip not shownPetty Officer TelegraphistADM363/88
Unknown24th May 1941HoodPetty Officer TelegraphistADM363/88


Additional Photographs
None at this time.




Memorials

Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 52, Column 2






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)
His daughter, Barbara Gould (photos & information, February 2001)
Eileen Christie (transcription of service record) June 2020
Service record (ADM188/684 and ADM363/88) The National Archives / Ancestry