-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
William MacFarlane Crawford

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Date of birth: 13th July 1923
Place of birth: Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Parents: William and Elspeth Crawford
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Boy 1st Class
Service Number: P/JX 159411
Joined Hood:
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)

Biographical Information:

William was known as "Junior" to his family, but as "Bill" to his friends. He was born on 13th July 1923 in Coatsbridge, Lanarkshire to William and Elspeth Crawford. The family lived in Edinburgh. After attending Boroughmuir school, Bill entered the Royal Navy. He trained at H.M.S. Caledonia in Rosyth and was later posted to H.M.S. Belfast. He was aboard Belfast when she captured the German merchant vessel SS Cap Norte in October 1939.

In November 1939, Belfast was seriously damaged by a magnetic mine. Bill, along with a number of other shipmates was transferred to Hood shortly thereafter. He served aboard her until her loss. He was unhappy with life in Hood, but did his duty. At the time of the sinking he was serving as a Boy 2nd Class and was later upgraded posthumously to Boy 1st Class. He was 17 years old at the time of his loss.

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Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 51, 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)
Bill's brother, Lt (N) H L Crawford, C.D., CAF (Ret) and his nephew, Jeff Crawford (photos & information, March 2002)