Maurice John Hood Scotland

Biography of Maurice John Hood

Maurice Hood
Maurice Hood

Surgeon Lieutenant Maurice John Hood was born in Glasgow and graduated MB ChB from the University in 1941. He joined the Royal Navy as a Surgeon Lieutenant and served aboard the destroyer HMS Obdurate.

In January 1943, while HMS Obdurate was escorting a convoy in the Barents Sea, Hood was transferred in heavy seas to the trawler Northern Gem to operate on wounded survivors from the destroyer HMS Achates, which had been sunk by a German U-Boat. He was awarded the the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) for his bravery.

On 25th January 1944 HMS Obdurate herself was hit by a torpedo while sailing with another convoy to Russia, but was able to continue in service.

Hood was transferred that night to the merchant ship SS Penelope Barker to treat the seaman Harold C. Hazard who was suffering from appendicitis. Hood was awarded a posthumous Mention in Despatches (MID) for his bravery in refusing to leave his patient when the steamer was torpedoed by a German U-Boat. Hood was lost when the ship sank that night, however his patient survived.


Maurice John Hood
Born 14 October 1918, Glasgow, Scotland.
Died 25 January 1944.
GU Degree: MB ChB, 1941;
University Link: Graduate
Father's Details: Colin Hood; Warehouseman
War Service: Surgeon Lieutenant, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Grave / Memorial: Portsmouth Naval Memorial, England
View Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
Record last updated: 13th May 2020

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WWII Roll of Honour