-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

Updated 01-Jan-2020

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of

Photo of Leading Stoker John Cyril Armstrong, courtesy of his granddaughter, Ruth Johnson, August 2008

Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Leading Stoker
Service Number: P/KX 84345
Date Joined Hood: May 1941
Biographical Information: Cyd, as he was known, was born on 27 June 1915 in Lemington, Northumberland to parents James and Elizabeth Armstrong. The family actually resided in Chester-le-Street, County Durham. He was the husband of Lydia Armstrong.

Cyd was a career sailor, having joined the Royal Navy during the interwar period. He served in various locations, to include the Far East. After the outbreak of war in 1939, he was primarily assigned to destroyers escorting convoys. During one such voyage, in which he was crewing a lend-lease destroyer en route from the USA, Cyd was thrown from his bunk in heavy weather and injured his knee.  He was used to hammocks, not bunks.

Following his injury he was required to serve in a ship with medical staff and a sickbay, so he was transferred to Hood.  He joined Hood just days before her final voyage, when it sailed to engage Bismarck. He and his wife Lydia had one daughter, Mary, who was born after Hood sank. Cyd was 25 years old at the time of his loss. We have no additional information.

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Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 54, Column 2 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
North East War Memorials Project
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire
Additional Photographs
None at this time.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
HIs daughter, Mary Charlton (information, November 2017)
His grandchildren, Chris Charlton and Ruth Johnson (photo & information, August 2008)
‘Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings’ (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)