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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
Archibald Henry Surrey

Photo of Chief Petty Officer Writer Archibald Henry Surrey, courtesy of his son, Doug Surrey, 2001
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Chief Petty Officer Writer
Service Number: P/MX 46363
Date Joined Hood: Unknown
Biographical Information:

“Archie” Surrey, the second son of C.P.O. William Richard Surrey and Mrs Ellen Surrey was born in Brighton on 30 November 1907. He attended Middle Street Boys School, Brighton from April 1916 until December 1922. He then studied shorthand and typing at the Gregg School where he was most successful in gaining 2nd place in the Royal Society of Arts National Examination in July 1925 attaining a speed of 140 words per minute in shorthand.

He was employed as a general clerk to Van Der EB Limited, ship and insurance brokers of Fenchurch Street, London from 7 Sept. 1925 until 9 Feb 1927. On the advice of his father who had served in the Royal Navy for 37 years, he took the Writers examination at Portsmouth barracks in March 1927 and joined the Royal Navy as a Writer in June 1927. He was regarded as one of the best qualified shorthand typists in the Royal Navy and was detailed for special duties as a member of Vice Admiral Whitworth’s clerical staff. In 1928 he was sent to Gibraltar to cover the Court Martial inquiry regarding the “Royal Oak Incident”

He served on HMS London during its 1st Commission with the Mediterranean Fleet in the period 1929-1931.

He was married in 1935 to Dorothy Izzard of Shoreham and in June 1936 they had twin boys Richard and Douglas.

At the outbreak of war he was engaged at the Admiralty and was involved in the inquiry into the loss of the submarine HMS Thetis. He served in H.M.S. Renown and was on Renown when it had the encounter with Scharnhorst near Narvik in 1940.

In addition to receiving numerous letters of appreciation for his professionalism and dedication from high ranking officials he was also mentioned in Despatches in the London Gazette in March 1941. Archie was was 33 years old at the time of his loss in May 1941.

In 2001 his sister Mrs Adelaide Jeffs left the Hood Association £5,000 in memory of Archie.

In addition to his naval career, Archie also wrote stories. Click here to read his crime drama "A Debt of Hate."

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Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 57, Column 2 (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
Archibald's son, Doug Surrey (photo, 2001 additional service information, October 2011, upated biographical information, May 2013 and June 2018)
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ