Veteran who served on HMS Hood says bell was its soul

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  • Princess Anne unveiled the restored bell of HMS Hood
  • Veteran Lloyd Adams served on the ship in 1940 and was at the service to see the unveiling
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HE FOUGHT on HMS Hood during the Second World War and yesterday he was in Portsmouth to see the ship’s bell unveiled.

Lloyd Adams, who turned 100 in January, fought on the ship in 1940 and was happy to see the bell revealed by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne.

The bell forms part of a new exhibition at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard after it was recovered in the Denmark Strait and donated to the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Mr Adams, from Netley, said: ‘Seeing the bell is very important.

‘It carries the name of the ship and is important for its identity. The bell is the soul of a ship.’

Princess Anne unveiled the bell during a service outside HMS Victory yesterday.

Veteran Lloyd Adams with HMS Hood's bell 

Picture: Sarah Standing (160737-228)

Veteran Lloyd Adams with HMS Hood's bell Picture: Sarah Standing (160737-228)

It was attended by veterans from the HMS Hood Association and their families as well as the Royal Marines Band and the Guard of Honour.

After the service, members of the public were invited to see the new exhibition called 36 Hours: Jutland 1916 The Battle That Won the War.

Mr Adams met Princess Anne and spoke about his time serving on HMS Hood.

Mr Adams added: ‘It was nice for Princess Anne to come to the service.

It carries the name of the ship and is important for its identity.

Lloyd Adams

‘She was a very nice woman and I liked she took the time to speak to me.

‘The whole day from the service to seeing the exhibition was nice.’

Mr Adams was joined by two other veterans who served on HMS Hood before it was sunk by the German battleship Bismarck on May 24, 1941. Around 1,400 men were killed.

Alec Kallaway and Keith Evans both served on HMS Hood in about 1938.

They presented the princess with a picture.

Mr Adams’ son Simon said it was great for the veterans to get together.

‘The whole morning has been a good commemoration for HMS Hood,’ he said.

‘It was exciting to see the bell form part of the Battle of Jutland exhibition at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

‘My dad was one of the only veterans at the service who fought on Hood during the war.

‘I think it is important the veterans were invited along and people were able to remember the men who died on HMS Hood.’

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