-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
Leonard Victor Rant

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Date of birth: 5th May 1917
Place of birth: Deptford, London, England
Parents: Stanley and Winifred Rant
Wife: Mary Rant
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Stoker 2nd Class
Service Number: P/KX 114842
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Leonard was born on 5th May 1917 in Deptford, London to Stanley and Winifred Rant. The family lived in Catford, formerly Downham. He attended Durhamhill School, Downham and was later employed as a bricklayer. He and his wife Mary were wed in December 1937 and eventually settled in Bexleyheath, Kent. Together, they had one child circa 1938/1939.

Leonard joined the Navy in September 1940. Hood was likely his only ship. He was 24 years old at the time of his loss.

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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)

Leonard's name is in Column 2 of Panel 56.

Detail of Leonard'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)
"Kentish Mercury", 6 June 1941 (provided by Tony Green & Duncan MacDonald-Heaney, January 2007)