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In Remembrance of
Eric Charles Eldred

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Date of birth: 2nd August 1921
Place of birth: St. Pancras, London, England
Parents: Charles and Alice Eldred
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Stoker 1st Class
Service Number: P/KX 100487
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Eric was born on 2nd August 1921 in St. Pancras, London to Charles and Alice Eldred. The family later lived in Ryde, Isle of Wight. He was the brother of Lilian, Ethel, Terry, Marie and Chris Eldred. Eric attended School Street School on the Isle of Wight, and later worked as a butcher until joining the Royal Navy.

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

Additional Photos

Eddie with three mates in the Victoria Gardens, Gibraltar in July 1940 (after Hood has returned from the bombardment of the French fleet at Mers-el-Kebir.
All four were lost with the ship.
L to R: Eric, Thomas Smith, Frederick John Scattergood and Eddie Allen.

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)

Eric's name is in Column 1 of Panel 55.

Detail of Eric'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 nephew, Eric Neal (photo & information, November 2002)
Jason Robinson (photo of four mates), January 2021