-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
John Bruce McLaren

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Date of birth:
Service: Royal Naval Reserve
Rank: Midshipman
Service Number: N/A
Joined Hood: 29th April 1941
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Temporary Probationary Midshipman R.N.R.)

Biographical Information:

John was born in Durban, South Africa on 1st April 1922 to Dr John and Gladys Ella McLaren. He had one younger sister, Molly.

He attended Durban Preparatory High School and joined the South African Navy as a Cadet in 1936-1938 where he served on the training ship S.A.T.S. General Botha. In 1938 he served on the tanker Donax.

In November 1940 he enlisted with the Royal Navy Reserve and subsequently attended training at H.M.S. King Alfred at Hove for four months. His first and only posting was aboard H.M.S. Hood. He was 19 years old at the time of his loss.

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Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 60, Column 1

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

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Margaret Fick (photo & information, April 2012)