-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour
Memorials to Men Lost in the Sinking of Hood, 24th May 1941

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Alexander Watson

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Date of birth: 22nd November 1919
Place of birth: Cromarty, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland
Service: Royal Naval Reserve
Rank: Ordinary Seaman
Service Number: P/X 19838 A
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Alexander Watson was born on 22nd November 1919 in Cromarty, Ross-shire, Scotland.

Known as 'Sonny', he was the son of Mr and Mrs Watson of 36 Gordon's Lane, Cromarty. Alexander was described in the local newspaper as having been particularly well liked. That paper also said that he had been a sailor in the Orient Line before being mobilised for hostilities. He was 21 years old at the time of his loss.

At the time of Alexander's death, his elder brother, James, was serving in minesweepers. James' death in naval service in 1944 was recorded at that time.





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Cromarty War Memorial



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The Second World War Panel on Cromarty War Memorial, containing Alexander's name.






Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire, England

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Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea, Hampshire, England

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The part of the memorial in which the Hood casualty names can be found.
(Panels 45 to 61)





Alexander's name is in Column 2 of Panel 60.





Detail of Alexander's name.






Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Biographical information from https://www.rossandcromartyheritage.org per Graeme Stevenson, and photographs from thecromartyarchive.org April 2022.