-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 Boy 1st Class Douglas Read, courtesy of his niece, Janet Read-Smith, Dec 2001
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Boy 1st Class
Service Number: P/JX 161480
Date Joined Hood: 1940 or 1941
Biographical Information: Douglas was born on 31st October 1923 at Mayfield Road, Alverstoke. His parents were Albert and Alice Read. He had two older brothers, Albert (the eldest) and Ronald. Douglas grew up in Alverstoke, Gosport, until he moved to Portchester in Fareham, where he was living when he joined the Royal Navy.

He was trained at H.M.S. St Vincent before joining H.M.S. Hood. It is believed to have been his first trip out on H.M.S. Hood, when it was sunk. Douglas may have been influenced into joining the Royal Navy because he lived in a naval town or because his father spend his career in the R.N. serving on ships such as H.M.S. Iron Duke, H.M.S. Cardiff and H.M.S. Despatch, then as a civilian on Whale Island until his retirement. Although Douglas and his father served in the Royal Navy, both his brothers served in the RAF.

Douglas was 17 years old at the time of his loss.

Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 51, Column 3 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire
Additional Photographs
Douglas in 1934
Above- A 1934 photo of Douglas, age 11, at Fort Gilkicker Point
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Douglas' niece, Janet Read-Smith (photo & information, October 2002 & December 2008)