-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
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Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

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In Remembrance of
James McLean Smith

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Date of birth: 3rd December 1920
Place of birth: Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland
Parents: John and Williamina McLean Smith
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/SSX 24257
Joined Hood: November 1938
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Able Seaman)
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Biographical Information:

James was born on 3rd December 1920 to John and Williamina McLean Smith, of Nairn, County Nairn, Scotland. James had a brother who was a Petty Officer serving in the Royal Navy and his father also saw wartime service at sea. He was 20 years old at the time of his loss and had been serving in Hood for two and a half years.

Additional Photos

A studio photo of James dated 4th August 1938.

James and a group of mates. Photo dated 20th August 1940.

James and a friend from the same date - 20th August 1940.

A newspaper clipping reporting James' death.

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)

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

Detail of James'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)
Gracie Russell, James' niece (photos and information), May 2020