Robert John Keenan was the son of William and Agnes Keenan. The family lived in Inishrush near Portglenone. William was a farm labourer. Robert was born on 23rd April 1917. He was one of at least five children. Stoker 2nd Class Robert John Keenan served aboard HMS Hood in World War Two. On 24th May 1941, early in the Battle of the Denmark Strait, HMS Hood was struck by several German shells from the Bismarck and sank within three minutes, with the loss of all but three of her crew.
The Memorial is situated on Southsea Common overlooking the promenade, and is accessible at all times. A copy of the Memorial Register is kept at the Civic Offices in Guildhall Square and may be consulted there.