HMS Hood Was The Last Battlecruiser During The 2nd World War – 75th Anniversary – 24th May 1941 – 2016

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Tribute To Our Royal Navy

Newark Cemetery  Remembering HMS Hood 24th May 1941, 75 years ago. 1415 Royal Navy sailors lost their lives and the Mighty Hood. The pride of the empire and commonwealth, the envy of the world and a floating piece of Britain herself was sent to the icy depths of the Denmark Straits.

 


We will never forget their sacrifice and will hold them in our hearts in perpetuity.

RIP

 

 

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Photo of Able Seaman Kenneth Ramsey Rawson Duckworth, courtesy of Keith Duckworth, 2001Hood Crew

Able Seaman Kenneth Ramsey Rawson Duckworth  born in 
Newark-On-Trent – He was 19 years old at the time of his loss on HMS Hood –
A tribute will take place on 24th May 2016, 11am at the Memorial to the Fallen Newark Cemetery, London Road NG24 1SQ where his name is listed KRR Duckworth.

When a sailor has died he can be honoured with the sounding of eight bells; end of the watch. The term “Eight Bells”

 

Kenneth Ramsey Rawson Duckworth who was born in Newark, died at the age of 19. He was one of 1,415 sailors killed when the battle cruiser HMS Hood was sunk on May 24, 1941.

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They have found and explored the wreck of H.M.S. Hood in late July 2001 by a Channel 4 expedition led by David L. Mearns.  the original expedition that found her. She was visited again in 2012 in a mission funded by US philanthropist Paul G. Allen. The mission (to retrieve the ship’s bell) was unsuccessful. She was visited one more time in August 2015. Mr Allen’s team led by David L. Mearns successfully retrieved the bell, placed a White Ensign near the wreck and explored the wreck site.

We will Remember HMS Hood on this date.

 

His Bother Keith Duckworth

and Sister in-law Joyce Duckworth who live in Scunthorpe. 

Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 151617
Date Joined Hood: 01 October 1938

HMS Hood 

75th Anniversary on 24th May 1941 – 2016

Photo of Able Seaman Kenneth Ramsey Rawson Duckworth, courtesy of Keith Duckworth, 2001Hood Crew

Kenneth Ramsey Rawson Duckworth was born on 03rd July 1921 at 11 Friary Rd, Newark on Trent, Nottinghamshire. He was the first of three children born to John William and Alice May Duckworth. During his early childhood, his family lived in Newark, but they then moved to Doncaster. It was where his sister Norah was born in 1926. His brother Keith was born in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1941. Keith now lives with his wife Joyce Duckworth in Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire. A tribute will take place on 24 May, 11am at the Memorial to the Fallen Newark Cemetery, London Road  where his name is listed KRR Duckworth. 

 

We will Remember

Biographical Information: Kenneth Ramsey Rawson was born on 03 July 1921 at 11 Friary Rd, Newark on Trent, Nottinghamshire. He was the first of three children born to John William and Alice May Duckworth. During his early childhood, his family lived in Newark, but they then moved to Doncaster. It was where his sister Norah was born in 1926. His brother Keith was born in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1941. Keith now lives with his wife Joyce Duckworth in Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire.

Kenneth attended Doncaster Grammar School and worked as an errand boy until joining the Navy on 05 January 1937. He was trained at H.M.S. Ganges until 10 June 1938. At that time, he joined H.M.S. Iron Duke. He remained at Iron Duke until 01 October 1938 when he was assigned to the battle cruiser Hood.

Photo of Able Seaman Kenneth Ramsey Rawson Duckworth, courtesy of Keith Duckworth, 2001Hood Crew

Upon joining Hood, Kenneth was a Boy 1st Class. He was subsequently promoted to Ordinary Seaman on 01 January 1939. He was promoted to Able Seaman the following January. He was 19 years old at the time of his loss.

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Memorial Information

Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 47, Column 3 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire

 

Keith Duckworth

In Remembrance of
Kenneth Ramsey Rawson Duckworth who was Born in Newark
H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour
Memorials to Men Lost in the Sinking of Hood, 24th May 1941

 

24th May 1941

They have found and explored the wreck of H.M.S. Hood

Hood was found and explored in late July 2001 by a Channel 4 expedition led by David L. Mearns. The original expedition that found her. She was visited again in 2012 in a mission funded by US philanthropist Paul G. Allen. The mission (to retrieve the ship’s bell) was unsuccessful. She was visited one more time in August 2015. Mr Allen’s team led by David L. Mearns successfully retrieved the bell, placed a White Ensign near the wreck and explored the wreck site.

We Will Remember Them

Hood Crew

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Keith Duckworth

Keith Duckworth

When the German battleships Bismarck and Prinz Eugen broke out into the North Atlantic in May 1941, the Hood and battleship Prince of Wales were sent to hunt them down. Battle was joined on 24 May, but after only seven minutes the Hood blew up and sank almost immediately. Of 1,418 men on board, only three survived.

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 HMS Hood Ship

Keith Duckworth Brother

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 Richard NewmanH.M.S. Hood Association

Kenneth Duckworth joined HMS Hood where he spent almost 4 years before loosing his life on 24th May 1941 – 2016.

The chairman of the Friends of Newark Cemetery, Mr Laurence Goff, at the cemetery with pupils from the Mount Church of England Primary School, from left, Sandra Peerland, 9, Phoebe Walker-Price, 7, and Alan Bialaszczyk, 7.

Youngsters from a Newark school visited the town’s cemetery as part of a topic on the second world war.
Groups of year three and four pupils from the Mount Church of England primary on Monday laid wreaths at the Memorial To The Fallen before visiting the Polish war graves.
The visit was organised by the chairman of the Friends of Newark Cemetery, Mr Laurence Goff.
“I gave each child a card on with someone’s name and picture on it and they were tasked with finding them on the war memorial,” Mr Goff said.
“The card also had information about the person and how long they served for.
“It is important for young children to learn about the war.”
The children learnt about Kenneth Ramsey Rawson Duckworth as a case study.
Kenneth, who was born in Newark, died at the age of 19. He was one of 1,415 sailors killed when the battle cruiser HMS Hood was sunk on May 24, 1941.
His sister-in-law, Mrs Joyce Duckworth, of north Lincolnshire, told the Adver-tiser: “He died the same year my husband, Keith, was born, but we knew a lot about him through letters and photographs.
“Keith’s parents were too upset to talk about him but Keith found out a lot about Kenneth through their sister, Norah.”
Although Kenneth moved to Doncaster at a young age, the children often visited their grandparents in Newark. He joined the Royal Navy on January 5, 1937.
In May this year there will be a commemoration in Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the loss of HMS Hood.
Last year the bells from the vessel were recovered from the North Atlantic. They are being restored and will be displayed at an exhibition in May at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Mrs Rebecca Lax, assistant head at the Mount school, said: “We have been learning about how past events have had an impact on the modern days by looking at the second world war.
“We have a large percentage of our pupils from Poland and it has been important for the children to understand the impact their country had on the community, so this has also been a study of locality along with history.
“We have looked at evacuation and the children were fascinated to learn that people in Newark were evacuated when the town was bombed.”
The Friends of Newark Cemetery are holding a ceremony to remember those who died during an air raid at the Ransome and Marles factory on March 7, 1941, in which 41 people died and 165 were injured.
Schools that would like to take part in world war-related activities at the cemetery can contact Mr Goff on 01636 681878.

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Kenneth Duckworth  HMS Hood Ship

Keith Duckworth

Buzz Beurling

Joyce And Keith Duckworth

Photo of Able Seaman Kenneth Ramsey Rawson Duckworth, courtesy of Keith Duckworth, 2001Hood Crew

 

 

 

 

 

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Keith Duckworth And Others Are Remembered

Portsmouth Naval War Memorial, Southsea

Keith Johnson

Southsea remembrance — at Portsmouth Naval War Memorial, Southsea

Portsmouth Naval War Memorial, Southsea

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Portsmouth Naval War Memorial, Southsea

Keith Johnson

Portsmouth Naval War Memorial, Southsea

Keith Johnson

Portsmouth Naval War Memorial, Southsea

Keith Johnson

Portsmouth Naval War Memorial, Southsea

Here lies HMS Vanguard. It is a war grave for those who did not return. There is a diving exclusion zone of 100 mtrs. — at Portsmouth Naval War Memorial, Southsea

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Portsmouth Naval War Memorial, Southsea

Kenneth Duckworth And

Keith Duckworth Parents Wedding Day In Newark Nottinghamshire

Kenneth And Keith Duckworth Parents and Grand-ma and Grand-dad

The sinking of H.M.S. Hood on Empire Day, 24th May 1941, resulted in the single largest loss of life for the Royal Navy during World War II: 1,415 were lost.

There were absolutely no traces of any crewmen, living or dead, save the three survivors, Ted Briggs MBE the last one to died in 2008, William Dundas and Bob Tilburn.

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Newark Cemetery War Memorial Kenneth Duckworth Name Is Added

Portsmouth Naval War Memorial, Southsea

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 Duncan Macdonald-heaney H.M.S. Hood Association

Anyone who wishes to attend the london event is more than welcome.

 

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Kenneth was born in Newark Upon Trent Nottinghamshire

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H.M.S. Hood Association

 

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  Tribute to the Royal Navy in honour for all that have served

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Royal Navy HMS Newark Bell

His family moved to Doncaster when he was a young Child.

His Sister Norah was born there they used to visit and stay at grandma Duckworths they both went to Doncaster Grammar. School https://www.facebook.com/laurencegoffnewark/posts/10208626932936495?pnref=story

 HMS Hood
Admiral-class battlecruiser
HMS Hood was the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy. Commissioned in 1920, she was named after the 18th-century Admiral Samuel Hood.
Length: 262 m
Construction started: September 1, 1916
Launched: August 22, 1918
Weight: 47,430 tons
Builder: John Brown & Company
Commissioned: May 15, 1920

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  • Rolls of Honour

German battleship Bismarck took on HMS Hood which was sunk with the loss of 1415 lives RIP. There were only 3 survivors the last of whom Ted Briggs passed away in 2008.


Memorials to Men Lost in the Sinking of Hood, 24th May 1941

We will remember them

Chainbar divider

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In Remembrance of
KENNETH RAMSEY RAWSON DUCKWORTH

Photo of Able Seaman Kenneth Ramsey Rawson Duckworth, courtesy of Keith Duckworth, 2001Hood Crew

Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 151617
Date Joined Hood: 01 October 1938
Biographical Information: Ken was born on 03 July 1921 at 11 Friary Rd, Newark on Trent, Nottinghamshire. He was the first of three children born to John William and Alice May Duckworth. During his early childhood, his family lived in Newark, but they then moved to Doncaster. It was in Doncaster that his sister Norah was born in 1926. His brother Keith was born in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1941.

Ken attended Doncaster Grammar School and worked as an errand boy until joining the Navy on 05 January 1937. He was trained at H.M.S. Ganges until 10 June 1938. At that time, he joined H.M.S. Iron Duke. He remained at Iron Duke until 01 October 1938 when he was assigned to the battle cruiser Hood.

Upon joining Hood, Ken was a Boy 1st Class. He was subsequently promoted to Ordinary Seaman on 01 January 1939. He was promoted to Able Seaman the following January.

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HMS Hood

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WW2 Britain and the Commonwealth at War 1939 to 1945

 

 

Kenneth only 19 years old at the time of his death. RIP

Photo of Able Seaman Kenneth Ramsey Rawson Duckworth, courtesy of Keith Duckworth, 2001Hood Crew

 

Commemoration, Honouring His Memory

As Our Fitting Tribute

To Them all on HMS Hood. RIP

Anyone who wishes to attend the London event is more than welcome. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153209009277461&set=gm.10153919270614901&type=3

 

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Ken was born in Newark-On-Trent

He might have departed this life, we will remember him

 

 

A time to remember – that you will never forget

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Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 47, Column 3 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire

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Additional Photographs

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Hood Crew

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We Remember Them

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Hood Crew

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KRR Duckworth Name Is On The War Memorial To The Fallen At Newark Cemetery – 3rd one down in the middle

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Kenneth Duckworth younger brother

Hood Crew
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Mrs Pat Alexander Friends Of Newark Cemetery (FoNC) President who took the Chair at AGM, she checked nomination papers for Friends Of Newark Cemetery elected from April 2016 – until April 2017 – Chairman Laurence Goff, Vice Chairman Susan Crosby, Secretary Marian Quant and Treasurer Michael Wright. 

Newark Cemetery Chapel interpretation Centre has been redecorated with a new coat of paint. Our new season will start on Sunday 22nd May 2016 from 2pm to 5pm, or by appointment for Schools and groups. We Remembering 1916 – First World War Exhibition by Barb White, you will be welcome with a cuppa of tea or coffee.

Wednesday 25th May 2016 – 12 noon until 4pm,  James Radley from Newark town council will have Newark cemetery burial and cremation records. Volunteers will be on hand to help locate a grave or cremation from 1856 to the present.
 
More dates will be planned with the public input at our next meeting
Friends Of Newark Cemetery next meeting to be held at 2pm – Newark Town Hall – Pickin Room on Wednesday 1st June 2016.   (FoNC membership annually which gives you the right to vote at meetings and open the chapel with another member. The only way to help us grow in numbers is by putting your ideas forward as a paid member and becoming a Volunteer.  We making important decisions regarding the organization, and informing the members of previous and future activities. It would be lovely if each person coming can bring a friend.

The public are most welcome to attend.

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Laurence Goff

Chairman

 

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Friends of Newark Cemetery  website  was created by Laurence Goff .

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