-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
Anthony Pares

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Date of birth: 9th October 1904
Place of birth: Horsell, Surrey, England
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Lieutenant-Commander (T)
Joined Hood First time: May 1931
Left Hood First time: July 1932
Joined Hood Second time: 20th June 1939
Left Hood Second time: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Lieutenant-Commander (T))
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Biographical Information:

"Tony" as he was known to his friends, was born on 9th October 1904, the third son of Lancelot and Winifred Pares of Horsell, Woking Surrey. He was the husband of Mary Pares, of Petts Wood, Kent.

Tony joined the Navy in May 1918. He was educated at both Osbourne and Dartmouth. He served at H.M.S. Thunderer initially and then H.M.S. Emperor of India (January 1923 - January 1925). He was promoted to Acting Sub-Lieutenant January 1925 and attended a promotion course at H.M.S. President, Greenwich until January 1926. This was immediately followed by a course in Portsmouth (until May 1926).

He served aboard the cruiser H.M.S. Danae from July 1926 to April 1928. He was promoted to Lieutenant during this timeframe (June 1927). His next assignment was aboard H.M.S. Caledon from April to June 1928. This was followed by a torpedo training course at H.M.S. Vernon, Portsmouth from January 1929 to February 1931.

Tony served aboard H.M.S. Hood as 2nd torpedo officer from May 1931 to July 1932. This was followed by assignments aboard the cruisers H.M.S. Cumberland and H.M.S. Frobisher from February 1933 to September 1937. He had been promoted to Lieutenant-Commander in June 1935. He then returned to H.M.S. Vernon to conduct experimental torpedo work.

He rejoined the crew of Hood, this time as Torpedo Officer, on 20 June 1939. He would later (August 1940) also be the Squadron Torpedo Officer, Battle Cruiser Squadron. He was at his post when Hood was sunk during battle with the German battleship Bismarck on 24 May 1941. He was 36 years old at the time of his loss.

He was remembered in the Portsmouth Evening News, May 1941 as someone who "always found time to take on any extra work, however arduous, was yet able by his love of simple things and colour to turn the most ordinary excursion ashore into a delightful adventure."





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


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Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea, Hampshire, England


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Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
His grandon, Tony Morton (photos & information, March 2019)
Portsmouth Evening News, May 1941
Gareth Thomas (information, November 2007)
The National Archives (ADM 196/149)