-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
Chainbar divider

In Remembrance of
Lewis Alfred Cotton

Photo of
Date of birth: 14th April 1918
Place of birth: West Gorton, Lancashire, England
Parents: Lewis and Sarah Cotton
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Stoker 2nd Class
Service Number: P/KX 105643
Joined Hood:
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)







Biographical Information:

'Alf', as he was known to his family and friends, was born on 14th April 1918. He was the fifth of seven children (4 boys, 3 girls) born to Lewis and Sarah Cotton, of West Gorton. Manchester. He attended St. Mark's school West Gorton. He was an excellent swimmer. Upon leaving school, he was apprenticed as a pattern card maker.

Alf entered the Royal Navy and was trained at H.M.S. Victory. He was stationed first in Portsmouth and later aboard H.M.S. Boreas. He was transferred to the Hood after Boreas was damaged in the English Channel. He was 23 years old at the time of his loss.




Additional Photographs
None at this time.




Memorials

Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 56, Column 1






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









Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
His brother, Robert Cotton (photo & information, April 2005)