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P/KX 116918   Stoker Robert John Keenan
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Dated added: 03/09/2016   Last updated: 06/04/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: HMS Hood, Royal Navy (British Navy)
Date Of Birth: 23/04/1917
Died: 24/05/1941 (Died at Sea)
Age: 24
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.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Portsmouth Naval Memorial
  Portsmouth, Hampshire, 
Grave Ref: Panel 56, Column 1
CWGC Casualty 2369937
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.
References and Links
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1 1911 census lists Keenan family Lists parents at house 36 in Inishrush, Clady, Londonderry
2 Facebook - Photos of Portglenone Small photo of Stoker Rober Keenan
3 HMS Hood Association Details including birth date and place
4 Portsmouth Naval Memorial Photos of all the panels - Panel 56
5 Wikipedia - HMS Hood Details of HMS Hood
6 - HMS Hood Details of ship and sinking
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