-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
Leslie Victor French

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Date of birth: 20th November 1922
Place of birth: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordinary Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 158399
Joined Hood: Unknown
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship)
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Biographical Information:

Leslie was born 20th November 1922 in Portsmouth, Hampshire. He attended The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook from May 1935 to May 1938. He entered the Navy in 1938 and was trained at H.M.S. St. Vincent, Gosport. He joined Hood at age 18 along with his best friend, Peter Neave. Leslie was assigned to Mess 15. He was 18 years old at the time of his loss.

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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)

Leslie's name is in Column 2 of Panel 50.

Detail of Leslie'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 brother, Mr AE French (photo & information, July 2002)
Monty Callow, Alumni Relations Officer, The Royal Hospital School (information, November 2016)