-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 16-May-2017

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In Remembrance of

Photo of Warrant Officer Frederick Charles Freeborn, courtesy of his son, A J Freeborn, Wing Commander, RAF (retired), Dec 2007

Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Warrant Supply Officer
Date Joined Hood: 11 March 1939
Biographical Information: Frederick was born on 12 January 1901 in Streatham, London to parents Albert Edward and Ellen Freeborn (nee Bridge). He joined the Royal Navy as a rating (service numbers M37994 and J67319) during the First World War. He is known to have been in the Battle of Jutland.

He served aboard the following ships/establishments: H.M.S. Capetown, Cricket, Eclipse, Revenge, Dunedin, Hawkins and Hood. He was promoted to warrant rank in late 1938. He was subsequently assigned to Portsmouth in January 1939 as an instructor at H.M.S. Hawkins. Later that year, before the outbreak of the Second World War, he joined the crew of H.M.S. Hood.

He was married to Violet Mary Adams in Dartmouth in 1924. The couple had one son, Anthony John, who was born 16 October 1928. He would later go on to serve in the RAF, retiring as a Wing Commander.

Frederick was honoured with the MBE on the very day Hood sank. He was 40 years old at the time of his loss. We have no additional information.

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Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 46, 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
The National Archives (ADM 188/781)
His son, A J Freeborn, Wing Commander, RAF (retired) (photo & information, December 2007)