Who's Who - Sir Horace Hood

Hood's "Invincible" Admiral Sir Horace Lambert Alexander Hood (1870-1916) was one of Britain's most respected wartime Admirals, and was killed with his flagship Invincible at the Battle of Jutland in 1916.

Hood served as Winston Churchill's Naval Secretary in 1913 (succeeding Beatty).  He also travelled with Churchill during the latter's daring visit to Antwerp in October 1914 to view Belgian fortress defences at first hand.

The same month Hood was placed in command of light forces at Dover before being involved in the defence of Flanders.

During the summer of 1915 Hood was transferred to the Sir John Jellicoe's Grand Fleet in command of the Third Battlecruiser Squadron,  Jellicoe's heavy scouting force at the start of the Battle of Jutland.

Hood was himself killed during the battle (having performed with distinction at the start of the engagement) when the Invincible exploded under the weight of sustained fire from German battlecruisers on 31 May 1916.

'Kitchener's Army' comprised Men recruited into the British Army a result of Lord Kitchener's appeal for volunteers.

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