-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 Stoker 1st Class Aylmer Norman James Cranston, courtesy of his sister, Eileen Clements, 2001
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Stoker 1st Class
Service Number: P/KX 96050
Date Joined Hood: Sometime in 1939
Biographical Information: "Norman", as he was known to his family and friends, was the eldest of 12 children born to James and Dorothy Cranston, of Crondall, Hampshire. He was born in Ewshott Hampshire, on 20 June 1920. The family moved to Crondall in 1925. He attended Sunday School (confirmed in 1936) and was a member of the choir. He was also a Boy Scout.

He worked briefly in Rose's Pet Shop in Franham, Surrey before joining the Navy in 1939. He was trained at H.M.S. Victory and then assigned to Hood. He was 20 years old at the time of his loss. We have no additional information.

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Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 55, Column 1 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire
Additional Photographs
None at this time.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
His sister, Eileen Clements (photo, June 2001)
Gary Draper (information, April 2004)