-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
SIDNEY VICTOR MORLEY

Photo of Chief Petty Officer Sidney Victor Morley, courtesy  of his son, Les Morley, May 2004
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Chief Petty Officer
Service Number: P/J 93170
Date Joined Hood: 08 August 1936
Biographical Information: Sidney was born on 04 November 1902 in Brighton, Sussex. He was the husband of Doris Morley and father of Les Morley. He volunteered for the Royal Navy as a Boy Seaman on 13 September 1918 for a 12 year term. The actual commencement of his service started on 11 April 1919. He was trained at H.M.S. Ganges starting on 13 September 1918. Whilst there, he reached the rating of Boy 1st Class. He was subsequently posted to the following establishments/ships:

Sydney specialised in 15" gunnery. He was also active in the Royal Tournament teams whilst at H.M.S. Excellent, Whale Island both as a participant in 1926 as a Leading Seaman and then in charge when promoted as Petty Officer. He was one of Hood's longest resident senior ratings as was regarded very highly. As stated in the Portsmouth Evening News in May 1941, he "was a tower of strength; nothing daunted him and he had that happy knack of always thinking ahead of the clock. He was an inspiring example to the young seamen in the ship and to the service to which he belonged."

Sydney was 38 years old at the time of his loss.



Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 46, Column 1 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire
and
Chichester Cathedral in Sussex

Additional Photographs
None at this time.
Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Portsmouth Evening News, May 1941
Sidney's son, Les Morley (photo & information, May 2005)
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ