-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
Lambert Edwards Croucher

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Date of birth: 12th March 1922
Place of birth: Lambeth, London, England
Parents: Archibald and Hilda Croucher
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 153609
Joined Hood:
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)







Biographical Information:

Bert as he was known, and his twin brother William Henry were born on 12th March 1922 in Lambeth, London. The twins and their older brother Archibald were born to parents Archibald and Hilda Croucher of Faversham, Kent. The family operated the Dolphone Hotel in Faversham.

Bert joined the Navy after the start of the Second World War and is known to have been trained at H.M.S. St. Vincent prior to joining Hood. He kept a diary during his time in Hood. He left the portion covering from May to October 1940 at home folling his last shore leave the following December. You can read this log/diary here.

Bert was 19 years old at the time of his loss.




Additional Photographs
None at this time.




Memorials

Southsea National Naval War Memorial

Panel 47, 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)
David Robichaud (newspaper clipping photo, 2000)
His nephew, Bruce Croucher (photo, information & diary, February 2008)