-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour
Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Francis Benjamin Miles

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Date of birth: 2nd June 1901
Place of birth: Barnwood, Gloucestershire, England
Parents: Lincoln and Annie Miles
Wife: Doris Miles
Previous occupation: Errand Boy
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/J 71384
Joined Hood: 31st August 1933 (Able Seaman)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Able Seaman)
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Biographical Information:

Francis was born on 2nd June 1901 in Barnwood, Gloucestershire to parents Lincoln and Annie Miles. He was the husband of Doris Miles, of Feltham, Middlesex. He was 39 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
4th June 191722nd June 1917PowerfulBoy 2nd ClassADM188/789
23rd June 19175th April 1918ImpregnableBoy 2nd ClassADM188/789
6th April 191810th June 1918ImpregnableBoy 1st ClassADM188/789
11th June 19181st June 1919KentBoy 1st ClassADM188/789
2nd June 19197th August 1919KentOrdinary SeamanADM188/789
8th August 191925th February 1920Victory IOrdinary SeamanADM188/789
26th February 192030th April 1920Gibraltar (PC60)Ordinary SeamanADM188/789
1st May 192030th November 1920Gibraltar (PC60)Able SeamanADM188/789
1st December 192031st March 1921Gibraltar (P40)Able SeamanADM188/789
1st April 192110th November 1921FlindersAble SeamanADM188/789
11th November 19211st January 1922Victory IAble SeamanADM188/789
2nd January 19225th June 1924Columbine (Vendetta)Able SeamanADM188/789
6th June 192412th September 1924Victory IAble SeamanADM188/789
13th September 192419th March 1926ExcellentAble SeamanADM188/789
20th March 19261st September 1926Victory IAble SeamanADM188/789
2nd September 192613th May 1929RenownAble SeamanADM188/789
14th May 192923rd May 1929Victory I - IIIAble SeamanADM363/441
24th May 19297th August 1929VernonAble SeamanADM363/441
8th August 192930th September 1929ConcordAble SeamanADM363/441
1st October 192922nd January 1932Tamar II (Serapis)Able SeamanADM363/441
23rd January 193226th April 1932Victory II (Serapis)Able SeamanADM363/441
27th April 19322nd June 1932Victory IAble SeamanADM363/441
3rd June 193218th August 1932ExcellentAble SeamanADM363/441
19th August 193227th October 1932Vernon (Vaure)Able SeamanADM363/441
28th October 193230th August 1933ExcellentAble SeamanADM363/441
31st August 193324th May 1941HoodAble SeamanADM363/441

Additional Photographs
None at this time.

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

Photos of the memorial

Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

The part of the memorial in which the Hood casualty names can be found.
(Panels 45 to 61)

Francis's name is in Column 3 of Panel 48.

Detail of Francis's name.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
The National Archives (ADM 188/789)