-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
George Caleb Lewington

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Date of birth: 10th October 1914
Place of birth: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Yeoman of Signals
Service Number: P/JX 135560
Joined Hood:
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)








Biographical Information:

George was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire on 10th October 1914. He was the eldest son of Caleb Lewington, a coastguard, and his second wife Agnes. George had an elder half-brother and elder half-sister, and two younger brothers and a sister. Both his father and his grandfather John had served in the Royal Navy, as did his two younger brothers, Norman and Ronald.

George is known to have attended The Nicolson Institute in Stornoway at ages 13 and 14. He later attended the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook in the late 1920s/early 1930s, and joined the Navy immediately after leaving school. He was married early in 1940 to Edna Dean. George was present in H.M.S. Hood during the engagement with the French at Oran in July 1940. He spoke fluent French and served as messenger to Force H's commander, VADM Somerville during that time.

George was serving as an Acting Yeoman of Signals (Temporary) and was 26 years old at the time of his loss.





Additional Photos



George before the war




George after joining the Navy




The official notice of condolence received by George's family following the war.





Memorials

Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 52, 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)
Monty Callow, Alumni Relations Officer, The Royal Hospital School (information, November 2016)
"Flagship Hood" by Alan Coles & Ted Briggs (information)
George's nephew, Roger Lewington (photos & information, October 2004)
Malcolm MacDonald (information, October 2013)