-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
Alan Charles Cooper

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Date of birth: 21st December 1922
Place of birth: Stubbington, Hampshire, England
Parents: William Cooper, Ch. Ordnance Artificer, RN, and Nellie Cooper
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 158239
Joined Hood: 1st June 1939
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)

Biographical Information:

Alan was born on 21st December 1922 at 15 Marks Road, Stubbington, Hampshire to parents William and Nellie Cooper. He was the youngest of four children. He had two brothers, Bernard and Norman, plus a sister, Sonja. Alan He attended school at Crofton, Stubbington, Hampshire until he was about 11 years old. Afterwards, he attended The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook from September 1934 to May 1938.

Upon completion of school in 1938, Alan followed his father's footsteps and joined the Royal Navy. His father, (William Charles Cooper, MX 53563) had served many years in the Navy, to include 6 months aboard H.M.S. Hood (4th Jan - 1st Jun 1939). He would go on to retire as a Chief Ordnance Artificer. Alan's brothers also served in the military.

Alan was trained at H.M.S. St Vincent. He ultimately joined the crew of Hood on 1st June 1939 (his father left the ship that same day). He went on serve as a member of one of the 4" gun crews. He is remembered as being good at telling his mother some naughty yarns. He was also reputed to be a practical joker. He was 18 years old at the time of his loss.

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Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 47, Column 3

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

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Monty Callow, Alumni Relations Officer, The Royal Hospital School (information, November 2016)
Alan's grand-nephew Alan Higgs (Photo & information, January & March 2007)