-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 21-Nov-2018

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of

Photo of Able Seaman Ernest Andrew James Pedder, courtesy of Michael Murrell, Oct 2018

Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/SSX 12108
Date Joined Hood: Unknown
Biographical Information: Ernest was born on the 11th August 1907 in Wandsworth London to Andrew James and Emily Louisa Pedder. He had a brother Edward Herbert who was born on 14th October 1908. Edward never married or served in any of the services as he developed a building company which Ernest was keen to join when he came out of the Navy, sadly this never happened. Ernest was the husband to Vera May Pedder of Wickford Essex, they had three children, one son known as Billy ( No other details available at this time) and two daughters, Margaret Rose born on 18th September 1936 and Valerie May born on 27th March 1939. Both went on to marry, Margaret married Peter Wheate and they had one son Paul who sadly died at the age of 14 years old and missed by us all. Valerie married Anthony Robert Murrell and they went on to have four children, two girls and two boys.

Ernest was Baptized on the 1st Sept 1907 at St Mary le Park, Battersea S.W, he went to St Pauls Knightsbridge School, he was awarded a certificate for good conduct & Meritorious Work during the education year 1916-1917 as the award prizes had been suspended during the great war. (Certificate attached) Ernest was a keen swimmer along with his brother, we have several certificates including his 25 yard certificate he received on 18th October 1920.

Ernest was keen on sports and enjoyed darts, one of the additional phots was of the 1936-1937 darts team at the Quart Pot Pub in Runwell Road which was about ½ mile outside Wickford, the original publication talks about the Pedder Brothers but it was in fact Ernest and his father. Andrew James Pedder and his son Ernest are directly to the left of centre in the first and second row(his father is in the front row sitting down with his son behind him with the flat cap).

Ernest Joined the Navy in 1929 at the age of 21 when he served on HMS Tiger followed by HMS Effingham on 1st April 1930, during his time on Effingham he sent a letter home to his mother and father telling them about his time away and his plans to invest in the family business on his return. However he then finally joined the Mighty Hood on 14th October 1940 as Able Seaman and was lost at sea on 24 May 1941. Ernest was 33 at the time of the loss. RIP

Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 49, Column 1 (click to view Panel)
Also memorialised at
Wickford's War Memorial
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire
Additional Photographs
Photo of Able Seaman Ernest Andrew James Pedder, courtesy of Stephen Newman and Barrie Adcock, February 2007
Above- the 1936/1937 darts team near the Quart Pot pub in Runwell Road, which is about 1/2 mile outside of Wickford. The Pedder brothers are directly to the left of centre in the first and second row (one is seated and one, believed to be Ernest, is standing directly behind him).
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Michael Murrell (photo & information, Oct 2018)
Stephen Newman & Barrie Adcock (Photo & information, February 2007)
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ