-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
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In Remembrance of
Albert Stephen Kersley

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Date of birth: 27th January 1905
Place of birth: Odiham, Hampshire, England
Parents: Joseph and Annie Kersley
Service: Royal Marines
Rank: Marine
Service Number: PO/ 22368
Joined Hood: 23rd August 1939 (Marine)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Marine)







Biographical Information:

Albert was born on 27th January 1905 in North Warnborough, near Odiham, Hook, Hampshire. He was the second child of Joseph and Annie Kersley. He attended the local school at Odiham leaving at the age of 14 to take a job as a garden boy. The job didn't last long and he decided to join the Royal Marines.

Having fulfilled a 12 year commitment, Albert left the Marines and was put on the reserve list. He moved to Fareham and lived there with friends until 1938 when, with war threatening, he was called back out of reserve. Albert's brother Joseph was also killed in action, on 13th April 1945, whilst serving with the Buffs, Royal East Kent Regiment in Italy. Albert was 36 years old at the time of his loss.




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Memorials

Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 59, Column 1






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









Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Albert's niece Mrs J White (photo & information, March 2004)