-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 Midshipman John Bruce McLaren, courtesy of Margaret Fick, April 2012

Service: Royal Navy Reserve
Rank: Midshipman
Date Joined Hood: Late April/Early May 1941
Biographical Information: John was born in Durban, South Africa on 1 April 1922 to Dr John and
Gladys Ella McLaren. He had one younger sister, Molly.

He attended Durban Preparatory High School and joined the South African Navy as a Cadet in 1936-1938 where he served on the training ship SATS General Botha. In 1938 he served on the tanker Donax.

In November 1940 he enlisted with the Royal Navy Reserve and subsequently attended training at H.M.S. King Alfred at Hove for four months. His first and only posting was aboard H.M.S. Hood. He was 19 years old at the time of his loss.

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Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 60, 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
Margaret Fick (photo & information, April 2012)