-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
Albert Younger

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Date of birth: 4th December 1921
Place of birth: Jarrow-on-Tyne, County Durham, England
Parents: Mr adn Mrs J. Younger, of Jarrow
Service: Royal Marines
Rank: Marine
Service Number: PO/X 3813
Joined Hood: February 1940 (Marine)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Marine)
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Biographical Information:

Albert was born on 4th December 1921 to John and Lillian Younger, of Jarrow-on-Tyne, County Durham. His father died in 1932 and after school Albert had to become head of the household. He went to work as an electrical technician at Reyroles. He found this work boring and decided to join the Royal Navy. He found out that at age 17 he was the wrong age to do what he had intended (gunnery instructor), so he joined the Royal Marines instead.

He was initially stationed at Chatham and served in the King's Squad of the Royal Marines before joining H.M.S. Hood. He joined Hood in early 1940. At some stage he was in the colour party when King George VI visited the ship. He described the King as 'a gentleman'. During his time in Hood he is known to have participated in Operation Primrose, a mission to help hold a town in Norway during the German Blitzkrieg of 1940.

He is known to have manned one of Hood's 4" dual purpose guns. He was still aboard in May 1941 during the ill-fated mission to stop Bismarck. He was 19 years old at the time of his loss.





Additional Photos



Albert & his sister Joan




Albert aboard Hood




Albert and the King's Squadron











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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Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Jenny Boon (photos & information, May 2007)