Stoker 1st Class Eric Charles Eldred was one of 1415 Sons of England killed on the morning of 24, May 1941 when HMS Hood came under attack from the German ship Bismarck. Bismarck fired one torpedo at the Hood, striking it directly in its' ammunition magazine - Within one minute, the ship had disappeared from the face of the ocean.
There were only three survivors.
Eric is listed in public domain information as being the son of Charles and Alice Eldrod; the family shows addresses in both London and Isle of Wight. He was one of 6 children; there seems to be no verifiable information as to what became of his surviving family members.
19 years old at the time of his loss, Eric was single, and had worked as a butcher until joining the Royal Navy.
He is memorialized on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial - Panel 55, Column 1; he is also memorialized at Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire.
"These heroes are dead. They died for liberty - they died for us. They are at rest. They may or may not sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars - they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead." ~Robert G. Ingersoll
Burial: Body lost at sea Specifically: Body lost at sea, but memorialized in various places of tribute