cindy t

#3
Well, there were only three. He has a service record does he not? It'll be on there.
my dad jumped into the sea just before the hood went down,was picked up and took to changi jail ,when released he came home,but i have no service records,he died at home in 1986.
 

Seadog

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#4
If so, he wasn't in HMS HOOD when she was sunk. Changi suggests PRINCE OF WALES or REPULSE perhaps, other side of the world.

HOOD's 3 survivors were 'household' names in naval circles for a long time and all were picked up by friendlies.
 
#5
Changi jail is in Singapore, HMS Hood was sunk in the Denmark Strait (between Greenland and Iceland) so he couldn't have jumped overboard before she was sunk. Are you sure your not getting mixed up with HMS Prince of Wales. She was present when the Hood went down and was subsequently sunk in the Far East.
 
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Ninja_Stoker

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#7
From the HMS Hood website:

Many men served in Hood- some of them were transferred as late as the very evening she sailed to meet Bismarck. It is possible that some of these men considered themselves "survivors", but this is technically not true. As we see it, for one to be a true "survivor" a man first must have been onboard the ship when it sank and secondmust have been rescued alive after the sinking.In the case of H.M.S. Hood, of the 1,418 men aboard that day, ONLY THREE were pulled from the water alive: Midshipman William Dundas, Able Seaman Bob Tilburn andOrdinary Signalman Ted Briggs. There were absolutely no other survivors ever picked up. Anyone (other than those three) who claimed or claims to have been rescued from the water is either confused or not telling the truth.
H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood -Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
 
#11
Just a long shot, but maybe he was on the Hood but was drafted off shortly before she went hunting the Bismarck.
Not technically a survivor but a close call all the same.

A similar thing happened to my dad but in his case it was the Repulse.
 
#13
Just a long shot, but maybe he was on the Hood but was drafted off shortly before she went hunting the Bismarck.
Not technically a survivor but a close call all the same.

A similar thing happened to my dad but in his case it was the Repulse.
Distant cousin on my Mams side of the family was lost on Repulse.William Cavanagh, Sug Lt.
 

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