-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
Leslie Edgar Friend

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Date of birth: 25th August 1908
Place of birth: Nornsey, Middlesex, England
Parents: Edgar and Beatrice Friend
Wife: Gwendoline Friend
Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Rank: Lieutenant
Joined Hood: 17th September 1940
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Lieutenant)
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Biographical Information:

Leslie was born in 1908, the only son of Mr Edgar and Beatrice Friend of Margate. His father was a stock-broker and a partner in C.T. Pulley & Co. Leslie was educated at Dover College where he excelled in swimming. In 1931 he became a member of the Stock Exchange and later joined his father as a partner in the firm. Soon after the outbreak of war in 1939 he joined the RNVR as a Temporary Lieutenant.

Leslie married sometime in 1940 or 1941; his wife's name was Gwendoline. At that time he was serving in Hood. In a letter to his father written from the ship on 15 May 1941 he commented on photographs of bomb damage in London, and expressed his mixed feelings on the sale of the family home. He wrote, "Although I had hoped it would stay in the family for generations, the generations do not appear likely to eventuate". Sadly, this proved true as Leslie was lost in Hood just over a week later. He was 32 years old at the time of his loss.





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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)
Leslie Edwards and Chris Bilham (photo & information, December 2002)
Peter Clements, MBE (photo, March 2007)
ADM 53/112451, Hood's Log for September 1940