-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
Mark Hunter Parnell Freeman

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Date of birth: August 1924
Place of birth: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Parents: Charles Stephen Yorke and Elsie Freeman
Service: Royal Naval Reserve
Rank: Midshipman
Joined Hood: 29th April 1941
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Temprorary Probationary Midshipman R.N.R.)
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Biographical Information:

Mark was born in late July or early August 1924, possibly in Sheffield, the son of Charles and Elsie Freeman. He appears to have spent at least some of his very early years in Australia or New Zealand and is recorded as having arrived back in thSouthampton with his mother on the Aberdeen Line Ship Demosthemes on 27th August 1926. His father later emigrated to New Zealand.

Mark was trained at H.M.S. Conway from 1938 to 1940. He was subsequently trained at H.M.S. King Alfred in early 1941.

Mark, at age 16, was among the youngest men aboard the ship at the time of his loss. He was posthumously awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the Atlantic Star and the War Medal 1939-1945.





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Conway Chapel, Birkenhead Priory, Birkenhead, Cheshire, England


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


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Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea, Hampshire, England


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Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Geoffrey Haskins (information & photo, September 2007)
His cousin, Diana Jefferson (information & photo, January 2016)