-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 06-May-2014

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
WILLIAM MACFARLANE CRAWFORD, JR.

Photo of Boy 1st Class Bill Macfarlane Crawford, courtesy of his great nephew,  Jeff Crawford, March 2002

Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Boy 1st Class
Service Number: P/JX 159411
Date Joined Hood: Circa December 1939
Biographical Information: William was known as "Junior" to his family, but as "Bill" to his friends. He was born on 13 July 1923 in Coatsbridge, Lanarkshire to William and Elspeth Crawford. The family lived in Edinburgh. After attending Boroughmuir school, Bill entered the Royal Navy. He trained at H.M.S. Caledonia in Rosyth and was later posted to H.M.S. Belfast. He was aboard Belfast when she captured the German merchant vessel SS Cap Norte in October 1939.

In November 1939, Belfast was seriously damaged by a magnetic mine. Bill, along with a number of other shipmates was transferred to Hood shortly thereafter. He served aboard her until her loss. He was unhappy with life in Hood, but did his duty. At the time of the sinking he was serving as a Boy 2nd Class and was later upgraded posthumously to Boy 1st Class. He was 17 years old at the time of his loss. We have no additional information.

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Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 51, Column 3 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
the Boroughmuir School Honour Roll,
Redford Park Memorial, Slateford, Edinburgh,
Edinburgh Castle,
and
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire
Additional Photographs
Click here for more photos and information about Bill
Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Bill's brother, Lt (N) H L Crawford, C.D., CAF (Ret) and his nephew, Jeff Crawford (photos & information, March 2002)
‘Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings’ (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)