-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 Sprakes

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Date of birth: 5th May 1900
Place of birth: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Parents: Herbert and Nellie Sprakes
Wife: Ellen Sprakes
Previous occupation: Collier
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Chief Stoker
Service Number: P/K 55256
Joined Hood: 29th July 1939 (Chief Stoker)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Chief Stoker)
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Biographical Information:

John was born on 5th May 1900 in Sheffield, Yorkshire to Herbert and Nellie Sprakes. He was the husband of Ellen Sprakes, of Portchester, Hampshire. He was 41 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and ratings held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
31st January 191919th May 1919Victory IIStoker 2nd ClassADM188/971
20th May 191919th October 1919SouthamptonActing Stoker 1st ClassADM188/971
20th October 191914th April 1921SouthamptonStoker 1st ClassADM188/971
15th April 192112th June 1921DartmouthStoker 1st ClassADM188/971
13th June 192123rd July 1921Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM188/971
24th July 192127th June 1923CourageousStoker 1st ClassADM188/971
28th June 192330th July 1923Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM188/971
31st July 19234th July 1926Victory XI (Dee)Stoker 1st ClassADM188/971
5th July 192625th January 1927Victory XI (Garry)Stoker 1st ClassADM188/971
26th January 19272nd December 1927Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM188/971
3rd December 192714th March 1928FisgardStoker 1st ClassADM188/971
15th March 192814th September 1928FisgardActing Leading StokerADM188/971
15th September 19281st January 1929Victory IIActing Leading StokerADM188/971
2nd January 192914th March 1929RevengeActing Leading StokerADM363/131
15th March 192924th November 1931RevengeLeading StokerADM363/131
25th November 193116th July 1932Victory IILeading StokerADM363/131
17th July 19325th December 1932Victory IIActing Stoker Petty OfficerADM363/131
6th December 193216th July 1933Boscawen (Pangbourne)Acting Stoker Petty OfficerADM363/131
17th July 193316th April 1934Boscawen (Pangbourne)Stoker Petty OfficerADM363/131
17th April 193430th April 1934Victory IIStoker Petty OfficerADM363/131
1st May 193411th January 1935Boscawen (Halcyon)Stoker Petty OfficerADM363/131
12th January 193530th June 1936Victory IIStoker Petty OfficerADM363/131
1st July 193631st July 1936Victory II (Grenville)Stoker Petty OfficerADM363/131
1st August 193614th November 1936St. Angelo II (Grenville)Stoker Petty OfficerADM363/131
15th November 193616th March 1937St. Angelo II (Grenville)Chief StokerADM363/131
17th March 193714th April 1937Victory IIChief StokerADM363/131
15th April 193726th August 1938CoventryChief StokerADM363/131
27th August 193828th July 1939Victory IIChief StokerADM363/131
29th July 193924th May 1941HoodChief StokerADM363/131

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 3 of Panel 53.

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)