-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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Horace Gervase Greaves

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Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordinary Seaman
Service Number: Unknown
Joined Hood: Wartime
Left Hood: Wartime (before loss of ship)

Biographical Information: Horace Greaves is believed to have joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Seaman, and to have joined Hood early in his naval time.

He is believed to have served in the gunnery branch, and, in conversation with other family members, his son George recalls that Horace said that he had suffered injuries to his hand and his scalp in two separate accidents while operating the gun. In the latter case, George recalls, Horace had to be treated in hospital, as a result of which he was not on board when Hood was lost.

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Horace Greaves on Hood foc's'le.

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)
Janeen Blachford, née Greaves, granddaughter, June 2020.