-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

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Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Lieutenant-Commander (E)
Date Joined Hood: 10 July 1939
Biographical Information: John was born in 1908 to parents Robert and Eleanor Erskine. He was the husband of Nancy Erskine, of Holywood, County Down. Together they had one son.

John joined the Navy as a Midshipman (E) in January 1927 and was trained as an engineer at H.M.S. Vivid. He was promoted to Sub-Lieutenant (E) in March 1929. He served aboard H.M.S. Nelson from January to February 1931. He was promoted to Lieutenant (E) during this timeframe.This was followed by more engineering training at H.M.S. President, Greenwich from September 1931 to June 1933.

From September 1933 to August 1934 he was assigned to the battleship H.M.S. Rodney. His next assignment was to H.M.S. Colombo in the East Indies. He left the Colombo in July 1935. This was followed by additional training in 1935/1936. Following the training he joined the crew of H.M.S. Repulse (April 1936). He remained with her until February 1937. This was followed by an assignment as the Assistant Engineer Inspector at H.M.S. President, Greenwich. He was promoted to Lieutenant-Commander (E) during this timeframe (Oct 1938).

In July 1939 he joined the crew of Hood as her 2nd Engineering Officer. He was 33 years old at the time of his loss. We have no additional information.

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Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 45, Column 2 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission