-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 06-May-2014

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of

Photo of Ordinary Signalman Henry David Ayres, courtesy of his sister, Shirley Smart, Feb 2001
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordinary Signalman
Service Number: P/JX 216602
Date Joined Hood: Unknown
Biographical Information: Henry was born on 02 July 1922 in West Ham, Essex to David and Mary Ayres. As a young man, he was educated at Upton Park Central School (associated to the Quaker Meeting House). His mother died in 1936 leaving his father with a family of four children.

Both Henry's father and his elder brother John had followed naval careers. Henry did likewise. He trained at H.M.S. Ganges and was posted to Hood sometime during the autumn of 1940. He was 18 years old at the time of his loss. He was postumously awarded the 1939-1945 Star, War Medal and Atlantic Star.

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Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 52, Column 1 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire
Additional Photographs

Above- A newspaper clipping from the "Recorded" 12 June 1941 reporting Henry's death.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Henry's sister, Mrs Shirley Smart (photo & information, Feb-Mar 2001)
‘Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings’ (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)