-H.M.S. Hood Association Online Archive-
Remembrance Day Gathering, 11 November 2007
Updated 06-May-2014

On Remembrance Day, Sunday 11 November 2007, members of the H.M.S. Hood Association gathered at the Portsmouth Naval Memorial on the Southsea Common to remember 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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H.M.S. Hood Association members and well as family members and guests gathered at the Naval Memorial around 1030 hours. This year we had just three veterans at the service: Ted Briggs, our Association President and the last survivor of the loss of the ship, Vice Chairman Keith Evans and former Stoker Alec Kellaway. Much missed were Ken 'Nobby' Clark who was awaiting admission to hospital and Association Chaplain Ron Paterson who has been in poor health for a number of months.

This year's event was especially notable due to the fact the 11th fell on a Sunday. Because of this, there was a larger than usual number of people at the memorial (perhaps as many as 100). President Ted Briggs laid a wreath on behalf of the Hood Association. Following this, at 1100 hours, the field gun was fired signalling the start of two minutes of silence. Our own service then commenced. In Ron's absence, prayers and readings were led by several Association members, Ted Briggs, Peter Heys, Lord Hood, Keith Evans and Paul Bevand. At the end of the service our own two minutes silence was held. Keith Evans thanked everyone for their attendance and participation.

After taking time to pay respects to the fallen men, some members of the group visited the Royal Maritime Club to chat over a few drinks.

Paul Bevand called in to visit Nobby Clark on the way home and can confirm that he is still very much his old self and is now settled in to his new flat in the centre of Winchester.

Alec Kellaway (left) and Anthony Middelton (right)
Alec Kellaway (left) and Anthony Middelton (right)

Foreground left to right- Ted Briggs, Lord Hood, Peter Heys, Jean Heys, Keith Evans and Alan Plant
Foreground left to right- Ted Briggs, Lord Hood, Peter Heys, Jean Heys, Keith Evans and Alan Plant

Association members standing in front of the Hood memorial panels
Association members standing in front of the Hood memorial panels

Keith Evans (left) talking to Association Patron Lord Hood (right)
Keith Evans (left) talking to Association Patron Lord Hood (right)

Ted Briggs (left) and Anthony Middelton (right)
Ted Briggs (left) and Anthony Middelton (right)

Left to right- Hood veterans Keith Evans, Alec Kellaway and Ted Briggs
Left to right- Hood veterans Keith Evans, Alec Kellaway and Ted Briggs