-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
Dick Smith

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Date of birth: 11th December 1907
Place of birth: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Previous occupation: Labourer
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 132910
Joined Hood: 2nd June 1939 (Able Seaman)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Able Seaman)
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Biographical Information:

Dick was born on 11th December 1907 in Portsmouth, Hampshire. He was 33 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and ratings held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
4th January 192722nd August 1927Victory IOrdinary SeamanADM362/3
23rd August 19272nd January 1928ChampionOrdinary SeamanADM362/3
3rd January 19283rd July 1928FuriousOrdinary SeamanADM362/3
4th July 19283rd September 1928FuriousAble SeamanADM362/3
4th September 192826th August 1929Victory IAble SeamanADM362/3
27th August 19297th May 1930ArgusAble SeamanADM363/563
8th May 193014th September 1930Victory I - IIIAble SeamanADM363/563
15th September 193017th October 1932Royal SovereignAble SeamanADM363/563
18th October 193231st January 1933Victory IAble SeamanADM363/563
1st February 193325th May 1933VernonAble SeamanADM363/563
26th May 193321st February 1934ExcellentAble SeamanADM363/563
22nd February 193416th December 1934Tamar II (Whitshed)Able SeamanADM363/563
17th December 193431st December 1935Tamar II (Dainty)Able SeamanADM363/563
1st January 193630th June 1936Norfolk III (Dainty)Able SeamanADM363/563
1st July 193615th October 1936Tamar II (Dainty)Able SeamanADM363/563
16th October 193614th January 1937Victory IAble SeamanADM363/563
15th January 193712th April 1937ExcellentAble SeamanADM363/563
13th April 193731st May 1937Hawkins (Dunedin)Able SeamanADM363/563
1st June 193721st July 1937Hawkins (Durban)Able SeamanADM363/563
22nd July 19373rd November 1937Hawkins (Dunedin)Able SeamanADM363/563
4th November 19376th May 1938DunedinAble SeamanADM363/563
7th May 193828th April 1939Victory II (Exmouth)Able SeamanADM363/563
29th April 19391st June 1939Vernon (Anthony)Able SeamanADM363/563
2nd June 193924th May 1941HoodAble SeamanADM363/563

Additional Photographs
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)

Dick's name is in Column 2 of Panel 49.

Detail of Dick'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)
ADM 101/565