-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour
Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Jack Verdun Kevern Kelly

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Date of birth: 11th February 1918
Place of birth: Bath, Somerset, England
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kelly
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/SR 8185
Joined Hood: Early 1940
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Able Seaman)
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Biographical Information:

Jack was born on 11th February 1918 in Bath, Somerset. He was one of six children and the only son born to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kelly of Moorland Rd, Bath. He was educated at West Central School and was a member of the Bath Y.M.C.A. He was known to be a keen sportsman, particularly excelling at billiards and swimming.

Jack served as a civilian clerk with the Bath City Police Force prior to joining the Navy shortly after the outbreak of war in late 1939. He was subsequently trained at H.M.S. Vernon in Portsmouth. He was transferred to his only ship, Hood, a short time later. There he is known to have lived in Mess 26.

Jack was 23 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos

A postcard sent by Jack during the war

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)

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

Detail of Jack'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)
Jack's nephew, Peter Elkins (photo & information, January 2009)
Bath Chronicle newspaper clipping, late June 1941