The last one of those who survived an historical ordeal. I believe the following quote from Briggs itself (from Bruce Taylor´s book about Hood) speaks a lot for him:
"Everything was cold and unreal. The ship which had been a haven for me the last two years was suddenly hostile... This was it, I realized. But I wasn´t going to give easily...."
Well, he didn´t. He was a hero and an old soldier. And as the old soldiers, in McArthur´s words, "he just faded away"...
Rest In Peace