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In Remembrance of
Alexander Innes

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Date of birth: 5th November 1916
Place of birth: Portsoy, Banffshire, Scotland
Wife: Jeannie Duff Innes
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 154660
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Alex was born in Portsoy, Banffshire, Scotland on 5th November 1916, the only son of Alexander Innes and Alexina Innes, nee Benzies (born Strichen 1892). His father died in France on 22nd December 1916, less than two months after Alex was born. His mother remarried two years later to William Stott (a widower with children). Together the Stotts had three more children, Thomas, Frances and Elizabeth. Alex . William would serve in the Royal Navy during the First World War and the Merchant Navy in World War Two. William would serve in the Royal Navy during the First World War and the Merchant Navy in World War Two.

Having previously been employed as a road worker. Alex joined the Navy on 17th July 1934 as an Ordinary Seaman. Following his initial training, his first draft was to the Light Cruiser, H.M.S. Despatch in July 1935. Despatch was re-commissioning as the Flagship of Rear-Admiral Andrew Cunningham, C.B., D.S.O., who was, at that time Rear-Admiral (D) of the Mediterranean Fleet. Cunningham, who would go on to be Britain's foremost wartime admiral and First Sea Lord from October 1943, must have been a familiar sight to Alexander on the decks of Despatch.

Returning home after two years in the Mediterranean, Alexander spent five months at H.M.S. Vernon, the torpedo school at Portsmouth where he qualified as a Seaman Torpedoman. In May 1938 he retutrned even closer to home being drafted first to H.M.S. Greenwich and then to H.M.S. Cochrane- both part of the Coast of Scotland Command. Leaving his native Scotland in June 1939 he was drafted to H.M.S. Hood.

At some point, Alex married Jean Duff Spence and together they had one son, Brian. Alex was 24 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and ratings held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
17th July 193419th February 1935Victory IOrdinary SeamanService record (via Royal Navy)
20th February 193517th June 1935Iron DukeOrdinary SeamanService record (via Royal Navy)
18th June 193524th July 1935Victory IOrdinary SeamanService record (via Royal Navy)
25th July 193518th March 1936DespatchOrdinary SeamanService record (via Royal Navy)
19th March 19366th August 1937DespatchAble SeamanService record (via Royal Navy)
7th August 193710th December 1937Victory IAble SeamanService record (via Royal Navy)
11th December 193727th May 1938VernonAble SeamanService record (via Royal Navy)
28th May 193831st May 1938GreenwichAble SeamanService record (via Royal Navy)
1st June 19381st June 1939CochraneAble SeamanService record (via Royal Navy)
2nd June 193924th May 1941HoodAble SeamanService record (via Royal Navy)

Additional Photos

Alex during his time in Hood.

In Malta, probably H.M.S. Despatch.

Alex with an unknown mate.

Christmas 1935 - H.M.S Despatch.

Gun crew - possibly H.M.S Despatch

30 Chapel Street, Portsoy, where Alex, Jean and their son Brian lived.

Alex's stepfather Bill Stott (at right).

The grave of Alex's father, Etaples, France.

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

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

Alexander's name is in Column 2 of Panel 48.

Detail of Alexander'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)
John Scott - service record June 2020, photo of Portsoy cottage May 2023
Dave McKenzie (photographs and biographical information), October 2021.
Jacqueline Stott (help with research and photos), October 2021.