-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
Kenneth Frank Bulman

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Date of birth: 8th January 1905
Place of birth: Southampton, Hampshire, England
Parents: John and Henrietta Bulman
Wife: Mary Bulman
Previous occupation: Plater's Mate
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Petty Officer
Service Number: P/J 103720
Joined Hood: 2nd June 1939 (Petty Officer)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Petty Officer)
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Biographical Information:

Ken was born 8th January 1905 in Southampton, Hampshire to parents John and Henrietta Bulman. He was the husband of Mary Bulman, of Fareham, Hampshire. He was the father of Mary, Donald, Betty and Pamela.

He entered the Navy in August 1921 and was trained at H.M.S. Impregnable. He served in a variety of ships and shore establishments. He left H.M.S. Excellent for a posting on Hood in 1939. Ken was 36 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and ratings held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
19th August 19212nd October 1921ImpregnableBoy 2nd ClassADM188/854
3rd October 192123rd February 1922ColossusBoy 2nd ClassADM188/854
24th February 19221st April 1922ImpregnableBoy 2nd ClassADM188/854
2nd April 192230th September 1922ImpregnableBoy 1st ClassADM188/854
1st October 192231st December 1922CourageousBoy 1st ClassADM188/854
1st January 19237th January 1923ConquestBoy 1st ClassADM188/854
8th January 192320th February 1924ConquestOrdinary SeamanADM188/854
21st February 192431st August 1924Able SeamanOrdinary SeamanADM188/854
1st September 19242nd January 1925ExcellentOrdinary SeamanADM188/854
3rd January 192516th November 1925Victory IOrdinary SeamanADM188/854
17th November 19255th January 1927Vernon (Vanoc)Ordinary SeamanADM188/854
6th January 19277th February 1927Pembroke II (Somme)Ordinary SeamanADM188/854
8th February 192730th September 1929Tamar II (Somme)Ordinary SeamanADM188/854
1st October 192925th November 1929ConcordOrdinary SeamanADM363/382
26th November 19299th January 1930Victory I - IIIOrdinary SeamanADM363/382
10th January 19301st May 1932ExcellentOrdinary SeamanADM363/382
2nd May 193231st August 1934Victory II (Crusader)Ordinary SeamanADM363/382
1st September 193427th February 1935ExcellentOrdinary SeamanADM363/382
28th February 19351st April 1935ExcellentActing Leading SeamanADM363/382
2nd April 193520th September 1935Effingham (Dauntless)Acting Leading SeamanADM363/382
21st September 193526th January 1936Pembroke II (Enterprise)Acting Leading SeamanADM363/382
27th January 193627th February 1936EnterpriseActing Leading SeamanADM363/382
28th February 193627th June 1937EnterpriseActing Leading SeamanADM363/382
28th June 193718th March 1938EnterpriseActing Petty OfficerADM363/382
19th March 193827th June 1938ExcellentActing Petty OfficerADM363/382
28th June 19381st June 1939ExcellentPetty OfficerADM363/382
2nd June 193924th May 1941HoodPetty OfficerADM363/382

Additional Photos

Ken aboard H.M.S. Somme in June 1929

Ken aboard H.M.S. Crusader in May 1933

Ken and his friend Nick friend aboard Hood, 14 September 1940

Ken and fellow crewmen aboard Hood on 8 April 1941

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)

Kenneth's name is in Column 1 of Panel 46.

Detail of Kenneth'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)
The Bulman family (photo & information, February 2001 & January 2004)