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In Remembrance of
Robert Hanna

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Date of birth: 9th May 1912
Place of birth: Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland
Parents: William and Elizabeth Hanna
Wife: Phyllis Hanna
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Plumber 3rd Class
Service Number: P/MX 56977
Joined Hood: About 1939
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Plumber 3rd Class)
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Biographical Information:

Robert Hanna, known as Bobby, was born on 9th May 1912 in Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, the fifth of eight children of William Hanna, always known as William David, and his wife Elizabeth (known as Lizzie) nee Flavell. They were a Salvation Army family, and lived in Union Street in Lurgan.

Robert assisted his father in the family's extensive plumbing business. He was also known to be a keen football player (fullback and centre-forward) having played for Central, Sunnyside, Celtic II and Glenavon. He joined the Navy in 1938, with the war clouds gathering. As a skilled plumbing tradesman, he was rated Petty Officer as soon as his induction and training were complete.

Bobby was the husband of Phyllis Hanna, of Stedham, Sussex (married in 1939).

Robert was 29 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos

Further biographical detail of Bobby Hanna - part 1.

Further biographical detail of Bobby Hanna - part 2.

Robert in uniform.

Robert with his youngest sister, Kathleen. Photo taken in London when Kathleen was working there as a nurse.

A newspaper report about Robert's death.

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

Photos of the memorial

Lurgan War Memorial, Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland

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Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea, Hampshire, England

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The part of the memorial in which the Hood casualty names can be found.
(Panels 45 to 61)

Robert's name is in Column 3 of Panel 56.

Detail of Robert'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)
Independent News and Media PLC & The British Library Board (information, May 2019)
Jason Follis (photo & information, January & March 2017)
Stephen Hanna (photographs), May 2021
Jason Follis (newspaper article), May 2021
Michael Harrison, great-nephew, photo and family information May 2021