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Remembrance Day Gathering, 11 November 2005
Updated 06-May-2014

On Remembrance Day, Friday 11 November 2005, members of the H.M.S. Hood Association gathered at the Portsmouth Naval Memorial on the Southsea Common. They were there to conduct a service of remembrance for their comrades, family members and friends lost in the sinking of H.M.S. Hood in May 1941. Shown here are photos from that gathering.

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Association members gathered at the Naval Memorial around 1030. Those in attendance were (alphabetically sorted) Paul Bevand, Ted Briggs, Mr and Mrs Derek Collins, Commander Keith Evans, Peter and Jean Heys, Lord Henry Hood, Alec Kellaway, Anthony Middleton, Michael Nottage, Frank Pavey, Reverend Ron Paterson, Alan Plant, Roger Tombs and Mr and Mrs Dick Turner. There were a number of other people present as well. In addition to the Association presence, there was also a gentleman from the Salvation Army, Mr Dennis Rudd, plus a detachment of sailors from the Naval Base on hand.

Association President Ted Briggs laid a wreath on behalf of the Association. Following this, at 1100 hours, the field gun was fired signalling the start of two minutes of silence. This was followed by a few words by Association padre, Reverand Paterson and Commander Evans. At points during the gathering, Mr Rudd played hymns on a small keyboard. The sailors practiced for a Sunday parade. After taking time to pay respects to the fallen men, the group visited the Royal Sailors Home Club for further business and drinks.

Rear of the Naval Memorial
A view of the rear side of the memorial. The Hood's lost are listed on the panels in the photo's centre

Ted Briggs near the rear of the memorial
Ted Briggs near the rear of the memorial

Sailors practicing service at rear of memorial
Sailors practicing service at rear of memorial

Lord Hood speaks with Reverend Paterson
(Left to Right) Ted Briggs (back to camera), Anthony Middleton (holding standard) Lord Hood, Reverend Ron Paterson, Dennis Rudd and Keith Evans

Alec Kellway and Mrs Collins
(Left to Right) Alec Kellway and Mrs Collins

Jean Heys and Ted Briggs
(Left to Right) Jean Heys, unknown, Anthony Middleton, Ted Briggs and Dennis Rudd

Keith Evans, Alec Kellway and Ron Paterson
(Left to Right) Keith Evans, Alec Kellway and Ron Paterson

The group gathers in front of the Hood mens names
(Left to Right) Ted Briggs, Dick Turner, Alec Kellaway, Frank Pavey, Derek Collins, Peter Heys, Mrs Collins, Lord Hood and Michael Nottage

Another view of the Association members and Hood memorial panels
(Left to Right) Roger Tombs, unknown, unknown, Alan Plant, Anthony Middleton, Ron Paterson, Ted Briggs, Dick Turner, Alec Kellaway, Frank Pavey, Derek Collins and Peter Heys.