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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
Robert Kelly

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Date of birth: 27th April 1903
Place of birth: Londonderry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Parents: James and Margaret Kelly
Wife: Matilda Kelly
Previous occupation: Labourer
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Stoker Petty Officer
Service Number: P/KX 75556
Joined Hood: 3rd August 1939 (Leading Stoker)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Stoker Petty Officer)
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Biographical Information:

Robert was born on 27th April 1903 in Londonderry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland to James and Margaret Kelly. He was the husband of Matilda Kelly, of Culmore, County Londonderry. He joined the Royal Navy on 21st January 1926. Robert was serving as an Acting Stoker Petty Officer(however, his family states that he was fully promoted as of 21 May 1941). He was 38 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and ratings held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
21st January 192625th May 1926Victory IIStoker 2nd ClassADM362/61
26th May 19263rd November 1926TigerStoker 2nd ClassADM362/61
4th November 192616th May 1927TigerStoker 1st ClassADM362/61
17th May 19276th July 1927Dolphin (SC)Stoker 1st ClassADM362/61
7th July 192731st August 1927CalliopeStoker 1st ClassADM362/61
1st September 192711th September 1927AmbroseStoker 1st ClassADM362/61
12th September 192713th November 1927Ambrose (L5)Stoker 1st ClassADM362/61
14th November 192731st January 1928Ambrose (SC)Stoker 1st ClassADM362/61
1st February 192810th May 1928Titania (SC)Stoker 1st ClassADM362/61
11th May 192831st December 1929Titania (L15)Stoker 1st ClassADM362/61
1st January 193019th March 1930Titania (L33)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/567
20th March 193027th June 1930Dolphin (L19)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/567
28th June 193017th November 1932Victory II - VIStoker 1st ClassADM363/567
18th November 193231st July 1935CoventryStoker 1st ClassADM363/567
1st August 193530th August 1935Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/567
31st August 19353rd January 1936Vernon (Winchester)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/567
4th January 19366th January 1936Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/567
7th January 193624th August 1936Victory IIActing Leading StokerADM363/567
25th August 19366th January 1937DanaeActing Leading StokerADM363/567
7th January 193723rd March 1937DanaeLeading StokerADM363/567
24th March 193720th March 1939SandwichLeading StokerADM363/567
21st March 19398th August 1939Victory IILeading StokerADM363/567
9th August 193920th May 1940HoodLeading StokerADM363/567
21st May 194020th May 1941HoodActing Stoker Petty OfficerADM363/567
21st May 194124th May 1941HoodStoker Petty OfficerADM363/567

Additional Photographs
None at this time.

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)

Robert's name is in Column 1 of Panel 54.

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)
His grandson, Dave Robinson (information, November 2012)