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In Remembrance of
Harry Cecil Alland

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Date of birth: 28th April 1909
Place of birth: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Wife: Hilda Alland
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Petty Officer
Service Number: P/J 112089
Joined Hood: 30th December 1939 (Petty Officer)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Petty Officer)
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Biographical Information:

Harry was born on 28th April 1909 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, the son of Jesse and Hannah Alland. He has at least four brothers and two sisters. He attended The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook from January 1921 to October 1924. Leaving. Harry entered the Navy straight from school on 27th October 1924 and underttook his initial training at H.M.S. Ganges.. He served in the Navy for all of his adult life. During the 1930s he undertook three periods of training at H.M.S. Excellent to qualify successively as a Seaman Gunner, Gun Layer and Qualified Rangetaker. By the time he joined Hood in December 1939, he had advanced to the rating of Petty Officer.

Harry was the husband of Hilda Alland of Gosport, the couple having married in October 1933. They had at least one daughter - Margaret who was born in 1935. He was 32 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
14th October 192428th March 1925GangesBoy 2nd ClassADM362/4/89
29th March 192530th October 1925GangesBoy 1st ClassADM362/4/89
31st October 192529th April 1926ColumbineBoy 1st ClassADM362/4/89
30th April 192626th October 1926RevengeBoy 1st ClassADM362/4/89
27th October 19264th January 1927RevengeBoy 1st ClassADM362/4/89
5th January 192731st May 1927Columbine (Wallace)Ordinary SeamanADM362/4/89
1st June 192725th November 1927Columbine (Mackay)Ordinary SeamanADM362/4/89
26th November 192725th April 1928Columbine (Wallace)Ordinary SeamanADM362/4/89
26th April 192831st May 1928Columbine (Wallace)Able SeamanADM362/4/89
1st June 19283rd September 1928Victory II (Wallace)Able SeamanADM362/4/89
4th September 192814th December 1928Victory II (Wallace)Able SeamanADM362/4/89
15th December 192823rd May 1930Dryad (Caterham)Able SeamanADM362/4/89
24th May 193025th May 1932ResourceAble SeamanADM363/176
26th May 19321st July 1932Victory IAble SeamanADM363/176
2nd July 19323rd May 1933Vernon (?Vaure?)Able SeamanADM363/176
4th May 19333rd May 1933Victory 2 (Campbell)Able SeamanADM363/176
5th May 19344th May 1934Victory IAble SeamanADM363/176
15th June 193414th June 1934ExcellentAble SeamanADM363/176
6th October 193415th April 1935Victory IAble SeamanADM363/176
16th April 193531st July 1936AjaxAble SeamanADM363/176
1st August 193631st July 1937AjaxActing Leading SeamanADM363/176
1st August 193729th September 1937AjaxLeading SeamanADM363/176
30th September 193722nd November 1937Victory ILeading SeamanADM363/176
23rd November 19376th December 1937Victory 2 (?Fisgard?)Leading SeamanADM363/176
7th December 193725th March 1938Victory ILeading SeamanADM363/176
26th March 193824th April 1938ExcellentLeading SeamanADM363/176
25th April 19387th October 1938Vernon (Kennett)Leading SeamanADM363/176
8th October 193811th November 1938Vernon (Kennett)Acting Petty OfficerADM363/176
12th November 193829th September 1939Victory IActing Petty OfficerADM363/176
30th September 19397th October 1939ExcellentActing Petty OfficerADM363/176
8th October 193929th December 1939ExcellentPetty OfficerADM363/176
30th December 193924th May 1941HoodPetty OfficerADM363/176

Additional Photos

Harry and Hilda on their wedding day

Harry and mates on a fishing trip

Harry and a chum aboard an unidentified ship

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)

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

Detail of Harry'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)
Harry's son, Mr Brian Alland (information, photos and papers, 2001)
Monty Callow, Alumni Relations Officer, The Royal Hospital School (information, November 2016)