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In Remembrance of
Robert Ogden

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Date of birth: 2nd January 1911
Place of birth: Newton, Lancashire, England
Parents: Paul and Margaret Ogden
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 127622
Joined Hood: 8th March 1941 (Able Seaman)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Able Seaman)
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Biographical Information:

Robert was born on 2nd January 1911 at Stocks Farm, Haydock, Lancashire. He was the son of Paul and Margaret Ogden.

Robert entered the Royal Navy on 4th August 1926 as a Boy. Progressing from Ordinary Seaman to Able Seaman in 16 months, he reamined in that rate for the remainder of his service. Robert spent most of 1934 at H.M.S. Excellent where he qualified initially as a Seaman Gunner, then as a Rangetaker. By 1939 he was a 2nd Class Control Rating. A final course at Excellent in February 1941, immediately before he joined Hood, appears to have fitted him for work with dual purpose armament.

During his time in the Royal Navy he served in many different ships - see service record below.

Robert received two Good Conduct Badges- the first was awarded 2nd January 1932, and the second on 2nd January 1937. Robert was 30 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
4th August 192612th June 1927ImpregnableBoy 2nd ClassADM362/20
13th June 192727th October 1927ImpregnableBoy 1st ClassADM362/20
28th October 192731st December 1928Emperor of IndiaBoy 1st ClassADM362/20
1st January 19291st January 1929RenownBoy 1st ClassADM363/531
2nd January 192913th May 1929RenownOrdinary SeamanADM363/531
14th May 192910th June 1929Victory 1-1Ordinary SeamanADM363/531
11th June 19292nd May 1930Egmont 2 (Vivacious)Ordinary SeamanADM363/531
3rd May 19306th October 1930Egmont 2 (Vivacious)Able SeamanADM363/531
7th October 193017th June 1931Egmont 2 (Wakeful)Able SeamanADM363/531
18th June 193130th November 1931Egmont 2 (Vivacious)Able SeamanADM363/531
1st December 193122nd December 1931Victory 2 (Vivacious)Able SeamanADM363/531
23rd December 193131st August 1932Victory 1Able SeamanADM363/531
1st September 193211th January 1934NelsonAble SeamanADM363/531
12th January 19348th March 1934Victory IAble SeamanADM363/531
9th March 193414th November 1935ExcellentAble SeamanADM363/531
15th November 193530th September 1936CoventryAble SeamanADM363/531
1st October 193621st February 1937Hawkins (Coventry)Able SeamanADM363/531
22nd February 19371st March 1937ExcellentAble SeamanADM363/531
2nd March 193718th April 1937DiomedeAble SeamanADM363/531
19th April 19379th November 1938Bee (Gnat)Able SeamanADM363/531
10th November 19385th May 1939Scorpion (Gnat)Able SeamanADM363/531
6th May 19398th June 1939Scorpion (Mantis)Able SeamanADM363/531
9th June 19398th September 1939Victory IAble SeamanADM363/531
9th September 193917th October 1939Victory IV (Windsor)Able SeamanADM363/531
18th October 19391st March 1940Victory IAble SeamanADM363/531
2nd March 194031st January 1941SuffolkAble SeamanADM363/531
1st February 19417th March 1941ExcellentAble SeamanADM363/531
8th March 194124th May 1941HoodAble SeamanADM363/531

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)

Robert's name is in Column 1 of Panel 49.

Detail of Robert'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)
His great nephew, Paul Ogden (photo & information, December 2002 and October 2007)