-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
Bertram Harold L Enfant

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Date of birth: 4th April 1905
Place of birth: Southampton, Hampshire, England
Previous occupation: Labourer
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Leading Stoker
Service Number: P/K 65505
Joined Hood: 3rd March 1940 (Leading Stoker)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Leading Stoker)







Biographical Information:

Harold as he was known, was born on 4th April 1905 in Southampton, Hampshire. He joined the Navy in the early 1920s. He spent much of his service time assigned to battlecruiser H.M.S. Repulse. An avid sportsman, he was an accomplished boxer while in the Navy. He is known to have won several silver trophies. He was also an excellent swimmer - one tale told to family members is that he once dived off the mast of the Repulse for a bet!

Harold married Elizabeth Walker in the late 1920s. Together they had three daughters (Pat, Eileen and Marjorie) and one son (Raymond). Sadly, Elizabeth was in poor health and never recovered from the loss of Harold. She died in 1946.

Harold was 36 years old at the time of his loss.






History of ships served in and ratings held:


Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
6th January 19251st July 1925Victory IIStoker 2nd ClassADM362/63
2nd July 19255th January 1926EffinghamStoker 2nd ClassADM362/63
6th January 192617th October 1927EffinghamStoker 1st ClassADM362/63
18th October 192729th October 1928VictoryStoker 1st ClassADM362/63
30th October 19281st April 1929Cormorant (Tourmaline)Stoker 1st ClassADM362/63
2nd April 192931st December 1929NelsonStoker 1st ClassADM363/229
1st January 193011th March 1930Victory II - ViStoker 1st ClassADM363/229
12th March 193014th September 1930Dryad (Caterham)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/229
15th September 193017th October 1932Royal SovereignStoker 1st ClassADM363/229
18th October 19324th November 1932Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/229
5th November 19321st September 1933Effingham (Constance)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/229
2nd September 19334th May 1934Iron DukeStoker 1st ClassADM363/229
5th May 193410th February 1935Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/229
11th February 193520th October 1935ResourceStoker 1st ClassADM363/229
21st October 193513th November 1935ResourceActing Leading StokerADM363/229
14th November 19358th January 1936Victory IIActing Leading StokerADM363/229
9th January 193620th October 1936RepulseActing Leading StokerADM363/229
21st October 193622nd January 1938RepulseLeading StokerADM363/229
23rd January 193810th October 1939Victory IILeading StokerADM363/229
11th October 19392nd March 1940Victory II (Kashmir)Leading StokerADM363/229
3rd March 194024th May 1941HoodLeading StokerADM363/229


Additional Photographs
None at this time.




Memorials

Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 54, Column 2






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)
His great-granddaughter, Katie Smith (photo & information, November 2009)