-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
John Henry Smith

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Date of birth: 14th January 1907
Place of birth: Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, England
Parents: Warrant Engineer William Smith, R.N. (lost with H.M.S. Bulwark, 1915).
Wife: Hilda McKenzie Smith
Previous occupation: Training Ship Boy
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Regulating Petty Officer
Service Number: P/M 40123
Joined Hood: 19th January 1940 (Regulating Petty Officer)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Regulating Petty Officer)
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Biographical Information:

John was born on 14th January 1904 in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire to Warrant Engineer William Smith, R.N. (lost with H.M.S. Bulwark, November 1914). He was the husband of Hilda McKenzie Smith, of Hove, Sussex. He was 34 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
27th June 192217th February 1923GangesBoy 2nd ClassADM188/858
18th February 192326th April 1923GangesBoy 1st ClassADM188/858
27th April 192319th May 1923ChampionBoy 1st ClassADM188/858
20th May 192327th May 1924ThundererBoy 1st ClassADM188/858
28th May 192430th August 1924ChampionBoy 1st ClassADM188/858
31st August 192413th January 1925CuracoaBoy 1st ClassADM188/858
14th January 192524th March 1926CuracoaOrdinary SeamanADM188/858
22nd August 19254th February 1929VernonAble SeamanADM188/858
25th March 19262nd January 1928CuracoaAble SeamanADM188/858
3rd January 192812th January 1928Victory IAble SeamanADM188/858
13th January 192821st August 1925ExcellentAble SeamanADM188/858
5th February 192917th June 1931LondonAble SeamanADM363/246
18th June 193110th August 1931Victory I - IIIAble SeamanADM363/246
11th August 193126th August 1932Victory II - IV (Enchantress)Able SeamanADM363/246
27th August 193231st August 1932Victory IAble SeamanADM363/246
1st September 193224th October 1934NelsonAble SeamanADM363/246
25th October 19343rd January 1935NelsonActing Leading SeamanADM363/246
4th January 193517th January 1935Victory IActing Leading SeamanADM363/246
18th January 193528th April 1935ExcellentActing Leading SeamanADM363/246
29th April 193524th October 1935Vernon (Ambuscade)Acting Leading SeamanADM363/246
25th October 193531st December 1935Vernon (Ambuscade)Leading SeamanADM363/246
1st January 19368th January 1936Vernon (Ambuscade)Acting Petty OfficerADM363/246
9th January 193631st December 1936RepulseActing Petty OfficerADM363/246
1st January 19377th June 1937RepulsePetty OfficerADM363/246
8th June 193710th August 1937Victory IPetty OfficerADM363/246
11th August 193713th December 1937Victory IIActing Regulating Petty OfficerADM363/246
14th December 193710th August 1938DolphinActing Regulating Petty OfficerADM363/246
11th August 193811th May 1939DolphinRegulating Petty OfficerADM363/246
12th May 193931st May 1939Victory IIRegulating Petty OfficerADM363/246
1st June 193914th October 1939Royal OakRegulating Petty OfficerADM363/246
15th October 193918th January 1940Victory IIRegulating Petty OfficerADM363/246
19th January 194024th May 1941HoodRegulating Petty OfficerADM363/246

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)

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

Detail of John'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)