For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


Admiral Class Battelecruiser


This page is not meant to be a comprehensive history of HMS Hood., but a record of sailors of the ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY who served in her, photos they took and stories they may have shared with their families.


Laid Down: 01 Sep 1916

Launched: 22 Aug 1918

Commissioned: 05 Mar 1920

Sunk: 24 May 1941


In May 1941, H.M.S. Hood (Capt. Ralph Kerr, R.N., CBE, with Vice-Admiral Lancelot Ernest Holland, R.N., CB onboard) in company with the new battleship Prince H.M.S. Prince of Wales, she was sent out to search for the German battleship Bismarck, which had left Norway with the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen for the Atlantic. On the morning of May 24, the two British capital ships found the enemy to the west of Iceland. In the resulting Battle of the Denmark Strait, one or more of Bismarck's fifteen-inch shells got into Hood's after magazines. The resulting explosion split HMS Hood in two and she sank about 260 nautical miles east-south-east of Reykjavik, Iceland with a loss of 1,415 officers and men - there were only 3 survivors.


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


BEARD, Thomas Norman K.

Midshipman, RCN

MPK - 24 May 1941

JONES, Francis Llewelyn L.

Midshipman, RCN

MPK - 24 May 1941

NORMAN, Christopher John B.

Midshipman, RCN

MPK - 24 May 1941



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

Bertrand, Laurent J.L.


Fee, Roland Alonzo Burr


Served in Hood 23 Apr 1932 - 10 Aug 1932 as a VA, RCN

Fenerty, Morris St. G.

Manfield, William A.

McGee, Aubrey F.

Parry, Albert