Ted Briggs


Age: 85

last survivor of the World War II sinking of the British battle cruiser HMS Hood who was one of only three seaman among the crew of more than 1,000 to survive the attack by the German battleship Bismarck in the Denmark Strait on May 24, 1941 as an 18-year-old signalman, and who later described how he was sucked under by the sinking ship before surfacing and seeing the Hood disappear below the waves.

Cause of Death: Natural causes

Born: March 1, 1923

Died: October 4, 2008

Portsmouth, England