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Crew members who perished aboard HMS Hood remembered in poignant assembly at Durness Primary School


By Ali Morrison

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Durness pupils held a special assembly today to mark the 80th anniversary of the sinking of HMS Hood, the warship which has a special connection to the area.

HMS Hood - known as "The Mighty Hood" - anchored in Eriboll in 1934 and crew members set out the ship's name in stones on the hillside above Laid.

Durness Primary School pupils with a picture of HMS Hood and the poster they created to honour the youngest crew member.
Durness Primary School pupils with a picture of HMS Hood and the poster they created to honour the youngest crew member.

As part of their memorial tribute, pupils looked through the database of sailors who lost their lives aboard HMS Hood on May 24, 1941, when the ship was sunk by the German battleship Bismark during the battle of the Denmark Strait in the North Atlantic.

Only three sailors out of the 1,418 strong crew survived.

The youngsters chose to pay a special tribute to the youngest crew member Arthur Hartley, both because of his age and because one of the pupils has a brother with the same name.

They made a poster for the young sailor and offered up their thoughts and prayers.

Durness Primary School is planning to paint the Hood Stones in the autumn.


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