-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 Leonard Brown

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Date of birth: 31st March 1917
Place of birth: Hull, Yorkshire, England
Parents: Benjamin and Eva Brown
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Leading Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 138751
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

'Jack', as he was known to family and friends, was born on 31st March 1917 in Hull, Yorkshire. He was the youngest of three children born to Benjamin and Eva Brown. His siblings were Ernest and May.

The family lived at 21 Waverly Terrace, Villa-Place, Hessleroad, Hull.

Jack was educated at Osborne Street school. As a young man he was also a member of the Navy League Cadets. He joined the Navy less than a year after completing school.

He is known to have served for three years aboard H.M.S. Cornwall in the far east, followed by H.M.S. Exmouth during the Spanish Civil War. He also served in H.M.S. Berwick and H.M.S. Worcester. He distinguished himself aboard Worcester during the evacuation at Dunkirk and was Mentioned in Despatches. He was transferred to his final ship, Hood, in November 1940.

Jack was 24 years old at the time of his loss.

Additional Photos

Left to right: May, Jack, Eva and Ernest / Below- Jack in uniform

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 46.

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)
His niece, Jenny Doughty (photo & information, March 2005)
Mary Mckeown (photo & information derived from the "Hull Daily Mail", September 2013)
London Gazette, 16 August 1940
Sandra Bellanger (information, September 2010)