-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
Henry Frederick Phelps

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Date of birth: 16th November 1901
Place of birth: Plymouth, Devon, England
Parents: Nathaniel and Laura Phelps
Previous occupation: Blacksmith
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Blacksmith 1st Class
Service Number: P/M 38049
Joined Hood First time: 22nd April 1939 (Blacksmith 1st Class)
Left Hood First time: 31st January 1941 (Blacksmith 1st Class)
Joined Hood Second time: 4th April 1941 (Blacksmith 1st Class)
Left Hood Second time: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Blacksmith 1st Class)
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Biographical Information:

Henry was born on 16th November 1901 to Nathaniel and Laura Phelps, of Plymouth, Devonshire. He was 39 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
24th July 192424th July 1924Victory IIActing Blacksmith 4th ClassADM362/41
25th July 192414th September 1924FisgardActing Blacksmith 4th ClassADM362/41
15th September 192414th April 1925AssistanceActing Blacksmith 4th ClassADM362/41
15th April 192513th October 1926AssistanceBlacksmith 4th ClassADM362/41
14th October 192613th April 1927FisgardBlacksmith 4th ClassADM362/41
14th April 19277th November 1928FisgardBlacksmith 3rd ClassADM362/41
8th November 192813th April 1930WarspiteBlacksmith 3rd ClassADM362/41
14th April 193025th April 1931WarspiteBlacksmith 2nd ClassADM363/404
26th April 193111th May 1931FisgardBlacksmith 2nd ClassADM363/404
12th May 193120th September 1932St. VincentBlacksmith 2nd ClassADM363/404
21st September 193213th April 1933HawkinsBlacksmith 2nd ClassADM363/404
14th April 193322nd March 1935HawkinsBlacksmith 1st ClassADM363/404
23rd March 193524th April 1935Victory IIBlacksmith 1st ClassADM363/404
25th April 193530th March 1936Effingham (Hawkins)Blacksmith 1st ClassADM363/404
31st March 193628th March 1939AchillesBlacksmith 1st ClassADM363/404
29th March 193921st April 1939Victory IIBlacksmith 1st ClassADM363/404
22nd April 193931st January 1941HoodBlacksmith 1st ClassADM363/404
1st February 19413rd April 1941Victory IIBlacksmith 1st ClassADM363/404
4th April 194124th May 1941HoodBlacksmith 1st ClassADM363/404

Additional Photos

Photo of Henry and shipmates

photo of Henry (middle row, third from right) but this time in costume

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)

Henry's name is in Column 3 of Panel 56.

Detail of Henry'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)
Clive Sutton (photos, November 2005)