-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour
Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
William Kenneth Ramsden Cross

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Date of birth: 22nd September 1903
Place of birth: Solihull, Warwickshire, England
Parents: Mr and Mrs Thomas Cross
Wife: Janet Curtis
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Commander
Joined Hood: 16th September 1940 (Commander)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Commander)
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Biographical Information:

William was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Thomas Cross of Insetton House, Belbroughton. He entered Osborne as a cadet in May 1917. He was also at Thunderer. He joined H.M.S. Repulse as a Midshipman in 1921. He was appointed to H.M.S. Centurion the following year. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1924. He served for a time in H.M.S. Malaya and later moved to H.M. submarines.

He married Janet Curtis on 23 July 1927. Together, they had a son, Giles, and a daughter, Henrietta. The couple were divorced in 1936. William commanded submarines H28 and H30 during 1933. He became the staff operations officer for the Home Fleet's 2nd Submarine Flotilla. He moved on to command submarines L26 and L53. He was promoted to Commander in 1937. The following year he was assigned to the Operations Division of the Admiralty. He was remarried in November 1938. He was affectionately known as Tubby to his close friends

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None at this time.

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)

William's name is in Column 1 of Panel 45.

Detail of William'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)
His grandson, James Pratt (photo & information, 2001)
ADM 53/112451, Hood's Log for September 1940
"Burke's Peerage", 2003 edition, page 1007
Sandra Taylor (information, January 2012)