-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
Vernon George Miles

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Date of birth: 5th May 1906
Place of birth: Hambledon, Hampshire, England
Previous occupation: Boy Labourer
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Chief Petty Officer
Service Number: P/J 103886
Joined Hood First time: 10th March 1931 (Able Seaman)
Left Hood First time: 30th August 1933 (Leading Seaman)
Joined Hood Second time: 12th May 1941 (Chief Petty Officer)
Left Hood Second time: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Chief Petty Officer)

Biographical Information:

Vernon was born on 5th May 1906 in Hambledon, Hampshire. He was one of three children born to Harriott Miles of Nyewood, West Sussex. Vernon is known to have served as a Petty Officer aboard H.M.S. Scorpion prior to serving in Hood. His awards include the 1939-45 Star Atlantic Star, 1939-45 War Medal and the KGVI Long Service & Good Conduct Medal.

He lived in a cottage that used to be on the grounds of Nyewood House, Dumpford Lane, Nyewood, West Sussex. He was 35 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and ratings held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
1st September 19212nd November 1921ImpregnableBoy 2nd ClassADM188/854
3rd November 192123rd February 1922ColossusBoy 2nd ClassADM188/854
24th February 192223rd June 1922ImpregnableBoy 2nd ClassADM188/854
24th June 192224th August 1922ImpregnableBoy 1st ClassADM188/854
25th August 19226th October 1922CourageousBoy 1st ClassADM188/854
7th October 192219th January 1923Victory IBoy 1st ClassADM188/854
20th January 19235th May 1923CourageousBoy 1st ClassADM188/854
6th May 19231st October 1923BarhamBoy 1st ClassADM188/854
2nd October 19234th May 1924CalcuttaBoy 1st ClassADM188/854
5th May 192426th December 1924CalcuttaOrdinary SeamanADM188/854
27th December 192430th January 1925MadrasOrdinary SeamanADM188/854
31st January 192518th June 1925CalcuttaOrdinary SeamanADM188/854
19th June 192510th May 1926CalcuttaAble SeamanADM188/854
11th May 192615th October 1926Victory IAble SeamanADM188/854
16th October 192626th May 1927ExcellentAble SeamanADM188/854
27th May 192716th October 1929Egmont II (Winchelsea)Able SeamanADM188/854
17th October 19292nd December 1929Victory II - IV (Winchelsea)Able SeamanADM363/339
3rd December 19299th January 1930Victory I - IIIAble SeamanADM363/339
10th January 19309th March 1931ExcellentAble SeamanADM363/339
10th March 19314th January 1932HoodAble SeamanADM363/339
5th January 19324th January 1933HoodActing Leading SeamanADM363/339
5th January 193330th August 1933HoodLeading SeamanADM363/339
31st August 193331st March 1934Dolphin (Hornet)Leading SeamanADM363/339
1st April 193425th July 1934Victory ILeading SeamanADM363/339
26th July 193419th September 1934RevengeLeading SeamanADM363/339
20th September 193419th September 1935RevengeActing Petty OfficerADM363/339
20th September 193531st December 1935RevengePetty OfficerADM363/339
1st January 193613th February 1936RenownPetty OfficerADM363/339
14th February 19368th October 1937Victory IPetty OfficerADM363/339
9th October 19379th September 1938BeePetty OfficerADM363/339
10th September 19384th January 1940ScorpionPetty OfficerADM363/339
5th January 19409th June 1940Victory IPetty OfficerADM363/339
10th June 194024th July 1940RodneyPetty OfficerADM363/339
25th July 19406th October 1940NelsonPetty OfficerADM363/339
7th October 194011th November 1940NelsonChief Petty OfficerADM363/339
12th November 19406th January 1941ManchesterChief Petty OfficerADM363/339
7th January 194111th May 1941EdinburghChief Petty OfficerADM363/339
12th May 194124th May 1941HoodChief Petty OfficerADM363/339

Additional Photographs
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Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 46, Column 1

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

South Harting War Memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Grant Healey OMRS (information, July 2004)
David N. Goble (information, May 2005)
The National Archives (ADM 188/854)