Sunday, 25 August 2013

Reginald Keith Peel

Son of Reginald Peel and Violet Grant 
They had 5 children .One of them is born 10 August 1917, Reginald Keith PEEL, who was missing presumed dead after the sinking of HMS Hood in 1941.

Memorials to Men Lost in the Sinking of Hood, 24th May 1941
In Remembrance of
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Assistant Steward
Service Number: P/LX 25027
Date Joined Hood: 28 February 1941

Biographical Information: "Keith" as he was known to his family and friends, was the born on 10 August 1917 in Rajputana, India to Reginald and Florence Peel. In civilian life, Keith was a wine waiter at Old Ship Hotel in Brighton.

He, his wife Irene (known as Rene) had one child, a baby daughter named Barbara.
Keith enlisted in the Navy at H.M.S. Royal Arthur in October 1940 and was posted to Glendower later that month. He was transferred to Victory in December. His first and only ship was Hood. He was 23 years old at the time of his loss.

We thank his daughter, Barbara Smith (photos & information, June 2010)
© H.M.S. Hood Association for letting us use the information and photographs.
Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 58, Column 1
Also memorialised at
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire

Additional Photographs
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Family friend, Brenda Street (information, March 2003)
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ
His daughter, Barbara Smith (photos & information, June 2010)
© H.M.S. Hood Association.

Aug 2015
the ship's bell of HMS Hood has been salvaged from the sea in the Denmark Strait. The late Ted Briggs, one of the only three to survive the sinking (out of a crew of 1,418) wished that it could be displayed as a memorial and Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, funded the recovery.

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