-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 08-May-2014

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
GEORGE CALEB LEWINGTON

Photo of Yeoman of Signals George Caleb Lewington, courtesy of his nephew, Roger Lewington, October 2004
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Yeoman of Signals
Service Number: P/JX 135560
Date Joined Hood: Prior to 1940
Biographical Information: George was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire on 10 October 1914. He was the eldest son of Caleb Lewington, a coastguard, and his second wife Agnes. George had an elder half-brother and elder half-sister, and two younger brothers and a sister. Both his father and his grandfather John had served in the Royal Navy, as did his two younger brothers, Norman and Ronald.

George is known to have attended The Nicolson Institute in Stornoway at ages 13 and 14. He later attended the Royal Hospital School at Greenwich and joined the Navy immediately after leaving school. He was married early in 1940 to Edna Dean. George was present in H.M.S. Hood during the engagement with the French at Oran in July 1940. He spoke fluent French and served as messenger to Force H's commander, VADM Somerville during that time.

George was serving as an Acting Yeoman of Signals (Temporary) and was 26 years old at the time of his loss.

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Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 52, Column 1 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire
Additional Photographs
Photo of Yeoman of Signals George Caleb  Lewington, courtesy of his nephew, Roger Lewington, October 2004   Photo of Yeoman of Signals George Caleb  Lewington, courtesy of his nephew, Roger Lewington, October 2004
Above/Left- George before the war; Above/Right- George after joining the Navy
Below- The official notice of condolence received by George's family following the war.

Condolence Card for Yeoman of Signals George Caleb  Lewington, courtesy of his nephew, Roger Lewington, October 2004
Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
"Flagship Hood" by Alan Coles & Ted Briggs (information)
George's nephew, Roger Lewington (photos & information, October 2004)
Malcolm Macdonald (information, October 2013)
‘Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings’ (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)