-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
Kenneth Ramsey Rawson Duckworth

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Date of birth: 13th July 1921
Place of birth: Newark, Nottinghamshire, England
Parents: John and Alice Duckworth
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 151617
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Ken was born on 3rd July 1921 at 11 Friary Rd, Newark on Trent, Nottinghamshire. He was the first of three children born to John William and Alice May Duckworth. During his early childhood, his family lived in Newark, but they then moved to Doncaster. It was in Doncaster that his sister Norah was born in 1926. His brother Keith was born in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1941.

Ken attended Doncaster Grammar School and worked as an errand boy until joining the Navy on 05 January 1937. He was trained at H.M.S. Ganges until 10 June 1938. At that time, he joined H.M.S. Iron Duke. He remained at Iron Duke until 1st October 1938 when he was drafted to the battle cruiser Hood.

Upon joining Hood, Ken was a Boy 1st Class. He was subsequently promoted to Ordinary Seaman on 1st January 1939. He was promoted to Able Seaman the following January. He was 19 years old at the time of his loss. We have no additional information.

Additional Photos

Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

Newark Cemetery War Memorial, Newark, Nottinghamshire, 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)

Kenneth's name is in Column 3 of Panel 47.

Detail of Kenneth'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)
Ken's brother, Keith Duckworth (photos & information, 2001 & December 2007)
Ken's nephew, Stephen Duckworth (information, October 2007)