-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
H.M.S. Crew List

It is estimated that as many as 18,000 men served aboard the 'Mighty Hood' during the operational portion of her 21 year career. Unfortunately, there is no surviving official single listing of ALL men who served in her. Here you will find our attempt at creating such a listing. We are using the few, fragmentary crew lists known to exist, Navy Lists, various official reports, public records, and most importantly of all, inputs from the families of former crew.

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Cyril Gerrard

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Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: 83752
Joined Hood First time: 24th November 1923 (Able Seaman)
Left Hood First time: 15th January 1925 (Able Seaman)
Joined Hood Second time: 2nd May 1925
Left Hood Second time: 27th August 1928

Biographical Information: Cyril was born on 2nd June 1900 in Chorle, Lancashire. Before joining the Royal Navy he worked as a butcher's assistant. He entered the service as a Boy 2nd Class on 11 January 1918. He served as a Boy in H.M.S. Powerful an, from May 1918 in H.M.S. Agincourt. On reaching the age of 18 he was rated as Ordinary Seaman and signed on for a period of 12 years. A year later he was rated Able Seaman whilst still in H.M.S. Agincourt.

Cyril served in Hood twice - firstly from 24 November 1923 to 15 January 1925 (a period which included the famous Empire Cruise) and then again from 2 May 1925 to 27 August 1928.

Additional Photographs
None at this time.

No known memorials

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Nick Wray from Service Record, October 2009
The Empire Cruise by VC Scott O'Connor