-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
Alfred McDuell

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Date of birth: 6th October 1919
Place of birth: Stepney, London, England
Parents: John and Sarah McDuell
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/J 190516
Joined Hood: September 1940
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Able Seaman)
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Biographical Information:

Alfred was born on 6th October 1919 in Stepney, London. He was the eighth of nine consecutive sons born to John and Sarah McDuell. The family later lived in Ruislip, Middlesex.

Alfred attended school in Stepney. He enjoyed writing and teaching Sunday school. He was also a keen footballer for the Port of London Authority (for whom he worked). The team won the Div 3 Stepney Sports league in 1932 and were finalists in the 1936 Ayliffe Cup.

He was engaged to be married to his childhood sweetheart Elsie Dobinson. He joined the Navy following the outbreak of World War Two. Following training he was posted to his only ship, H.M.S. Hood. He was 21 years old at the time of his loss.




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


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Ruislip War Memorial, Ruislip, Middlesex, England


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Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea, Hampshire, England


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Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Alfred's niece, Allison McDuell (photo, 2000; information, 2004)
Barry Ladyman (information, February 2014)
Alison McDuell-Smith (memorial photograph), May 2021