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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
Alexander Gay Smith

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Date of birth: 5th February 1919
Place of birth: West Hartlepool, County Durham, England
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Steward
Service Number: P/LX 23741
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Alexander was born on 5th February 1919 in West Hartlepool, County Durham to Mr. and Mrs. S.W. Smith of 5 Hutton Avenue, West Hartlepool. Note- contemporary newspaper records indicate that his middle name may have been "Gill".

Alexander was an old boy of Galley’s Field School.. Prior to volunteering for the Navy in July 1939, he worked for his father as a fish retailer in Lothian Road. He was 22 years old at the time of his loss.

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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)

Alexander's name is in Column 1 of Panel 58.

Detail of Alexander'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)
Alex's "oppo", Len Thorpe (photo & information, April 2004)
Gillian Smith (information derived from summer 1941 editions of The Hartlepool Mail, June 2015)