-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
Merlin Francis Ridge

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Date of birth: 25th July 1916
Place of birth: Dublin, County Dublin, Irish Republic
Parents: Francis and Prudence Ridge
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Writer
Service Number: P/MX 71883
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Merlin was born on 25th July 1916 in Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland to Francis and Prudence Ridge. The family later lived in Reading, Berkshire. He was 24 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos

Merlin (left) with his parents

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)

Merlin's name is in Column 2 of Panel 57.

Detail of Merlin'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)
Doug Archer Richmond (Photo, September 2003)