-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
Robert Betts

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Date of birth: 28th March 1905
Place of birth: Newcastle, Northumberland, England
Parents: Edward and Margaret Betts
Previous occupation: Labourer
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Stoker 1st Class
Service Number: P/K 64411
Joined Hood: 18th March 1939
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Stoker 1st Class)
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Biographical Information:

Robert was born on 28th March 1905 in Newcastle upon Tyne to parents Edward and Margaret Betts. The family later lived in Birtley, County Durham. He was 36 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
30th July 19242nd January 1925Victory IIStoker 2nd ClassADM362/30
3rd January 192516th March 1925CuracoaStoker 2nd ClassADM362/30
17th March 192529th July 1925Iron DukeStoker 2nd ClassADM362/30
30th July 19256th May 1927Iron DukeStoker 1st ClassADM362/30
7th May 192727th June 1927Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM362/30
28th June 192731st December 1928VernonStoker 1st ClassADM362/30
1st January 192930th September 1930FuriousStoker 1st ClassADM363/79
1st October 193016th June 1931Victory II - VIStoker 1st ClassADM363/79
17th June 193117th November 1933LondonStoker 1st ClassADM363/79
18th November 19339th July 1935Royal SovereignStoker 1st ClassADM363/79
10th July 193520th November 1935St. VincentStoker 1st ClassADM363/79
21st November 193526th January 1936Pembroke I (Enterprise)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/79
27th January 193618th March 1938EnterpriseStoker 1st ClassADM363/79
19th March 193815th May 1938Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/79
16th May 193823rd June 1938Hawkins (Vortigen)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/79
24th June 193817th September 1938Effingham (Vortigen)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/79
18th September 193828th October 1938Vernon (Vortigen)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/79
29th October 193817th March 1939Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/79
18th March 193924th May 1941HoodStoker 1st ClassADM363/79

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 3 of Panel 54.

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)
Delia Arkley (photo, August 2015)