-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
Alfred Edwin John Crawte

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Date of birth: 28th September 1922
Place of birth: Godalming, Surrey, England
Parents: Alfred and Anne Crawte
Service: Royal Marines
Rank: Musician
Service Number: RMB/X 1037
Joined Hood:
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)







Biographical Information:

'Jack' as he was known was born on 28th September 1922 in Godalming, Surrey. He was the first son but second of four children born to Alfred George Crawte and his wife Annie Julia Crawte née Richardson (known as "Nan").  Jack's father Alfred was born in Wrecclesham, Surrey, and met Nan (as she was always known) during the 1916 Troubles, as he was stationed at the Curragh of Kildare and she came from Manor Kilbride outside Blessington, County Wicklow and was working in Dublin.

According to family legend, Jack wanted to join the Navy but was supposedly ½” too short. He then settled for the Marines. He took the entrance exam while at school in Godalming, Surrey (the Headmaster, Mr Worthy, said that the exam was a hard one and any boy who passed it could have five bob...a good amount of money back then). Jack made sure he passed.

Jack was musically talented. He played the bugle for the Boys' Brigade. Upon joining the Royal Marine Band service, he was rigorously trained in the bassoon. It is believed that Jack's ambition was to serve aboard H.M.S. Hood.

Although he was normally a Musician, during action, he and his band mates manned the vitally important 15" Transmitting Station deep in the ship. He was at this post when the ship sank. Jack was 18 years old at the time of his loss and was very sorely missed.




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Memorials

Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 59, Column 3






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)
Jack's niece, Lesley Lavington (Photo & information, December 2006)