-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 MCCART

Photo of Telegraphist George McCart, courtesy of Ernest and Neil McCart, April 2004
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Telegraphist
Service Number: P/SSX 24519
Date Joined Hood: May 1940
Biographical Information: George was born on 25 April 1920, and he was the eldest of three sons of James and Dorothy McCart of Morecambe, Lancashire. As a boy he attended West End School, Morecambe, and after leaving he worked in the tow, first as an errand boy for Crossley's fruit and vegetable merchants and later as a bricklayer for local building firms. He was a keen sportsman, and he was known in Morecambe for his powerful swimming and high-diving ability. His athletic prowess covered even wider fields, for he was also a keen amateur boxer and, whilst undergoing his naval training, he won the H.M.S. Victory Cross Country Medal for running.

In the autumn of 1937, at seventeen and a half years of age, he realised his childhood ambition and joined the Royal Navy as a Telegraphist, undergoing his basic training at H.M.S. Victory, Portsmouth (Royal Naval Barracks, Queen Street). On completion of his training his first ship was the light cruiser H.M.S. Dunedin, and from there he was drafted to the battlecruiser Renown. He was in Renown during the spring of 1940 when she was involved in the action with Scharnhorst in the North Sea.

George was drafted to Hood in May 1940, and in March 1941 he passed his examination for Leading Telegrapaphist. In the spring of 1941, during his last leave in Morecambe, he became engaged to Miss Betty Darby and, circumstances permitting, they were to have been married later that year. George celebrated his 21st birthday just over a month before he lost his life.



Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 52, Column 3 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire
Additional Photographs
Photo of Telegraphist George McCart and mates, courtesy of Ernest and Neil McCart, April 2004
Above- George (back row, centre) and mates from H.M.S. Victory, Portsmouth late 1937/early 1938; Below- George aboard Hood in the Summer of 1940
Photo of Telegraphist George McCart, courtesy of Ernest and Neil McCart, April 2004

Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
George's brother Ernest McCart, and nephew Neil McCart (biography text & photos, April 2004)
"Morecambe & Heysham Visitor" (newspaper), 28 May 1941, via Ernest McCart (information, April 2004)
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ