-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 08-May-2014

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of

Photo of Able Seaman Jack Verdun Kevern Kelly, courtesy of his nephew, Peter Elkins, January 2009

Service: Royal Naval Special Reserve
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/SR 8185
Date Joined Hood: Early 1940
Biographical Information: Jack was born on 11 February 1918 in Bath, Somerset. He was one of six children and the only son born to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kelly of Moorland Rd, Bath. He was educated at West Central School and was a member of the Bath Y.M.C.A. He was known to be a keen sportsman, particularly excelling at billiards and swimming.

Jack served as a civilian clerk with the Bath City Police Force prior to joining the Navy shortly after the outbreak of war in late 1939. He was subsequently trained at H.M.S.Vernon in Portsmouth. He was transferred to his only ship, Hood, a short time later. There he is known to have lived in Mess 26.

Jack was 23 years old at the time of his loss. We have no additional information.

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Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 48, Column 2 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire
Additional Photographs
Reverse of postcard sent by Jack V.K. Kelly
Above- A postcard sent by Jack during the war
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Jack's nephew, Peter Elkins (photo & information, January 2009)
Bath Chronicle newspaper clipping, late June 1941
‘Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings’ (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)