It is with great sadness that we report the death on 15th February of our oldest member of the party, John Hood aged 103. John or “Jack” as he was known, was a lifelong socialist and anti- fascist. Born on 15th January, 1915 Jack had a great interest in politics at all levels but he was especially fascinated by international events.
In 1937 he was one of a group of anti-fascists heckling Oswald Mosley and his Blacshirts at Stoke Town Hall. In 1939 he joined the army and served in Italy, North Africa and the Middle East. Jack was the Clerk of Works for Stoke City Council for many years and he was the driving force for many of the major construction projects in the post-war period. A lifelong member of the Labour Party, Jack was awarded the Party’s highest accolade, the National Merit award, at Conference in 2015. He received a standing ovation! Last year at the age of 102 he was awarded the Legion D’Honneur, France’s most prestigious award, for his part in the Liberation of France. Jack lived in Wolstanton and until recently he was a very vocal presence at our meetings! His knowledge and experience of the world and politics was legendary! Jack will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. RIP Jack.
Jack's funeral will be on Tuesday 8th March at 10.00am at Bradwell Crematorium