-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
Chainbar divider

In Remembrance of
Robert William Harkess

Photo of
Date of birth: 3rd February 1918
Place of birth: Horden, County Durham, England
Parents: Thomas and Mary Harkess
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Stoker 1st Class
Service Number: P/KX 100453
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
Click here to print memorial poster

Biographical Information:

"Bob", as he was known to his friends and family, was born on 3rd February 1918 to Thomas and Mary Harkess, of Horden, County Durham. He was 23 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos

Christmas card sent by Bob to his brother James

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

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Bob's brother, James Harkess (photos, January 2003)