-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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Harry Redvers Gribben

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Date of birth: 4th November 1900
Place of birth: St. Agnes, Cornwall, England
Previous occupation: Blacksmith's Assistant
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: J54838
Joined Hood: 24th November 1923 (Able Seaman)
Left Hood: 6th January 1926 (Able Seaman)

Biographical Information: Harry Gribben's 'man's time' - an engagement of twelve years - began on his eighteenth birthday in 1918. As a native of Cornwall, Gribben was, unsurprisingly, a Devonport-based rating - and Hood was home-ported in Devonport at that stage of her career. Gribben joined Hood just three days before her departure on the ten-month 'Empire Cruise' of 1923-4. It is known that a number of ratings with a poor disciplinary record were drafted out of Hood before this prestigious and high-profile trip, and Harry (whose record was impeccable) may have been one of those drafted in to replace them. Harry left the Navy at the end of his engagement in 1930, but re-joined into the Royal Fleet Reserve in 1937, being mobilized in 1938.  He spent his second term in small ships, ending up being sunk whilst serving in HMS Broke at Alexandria.  He survived that, and the remainder of the war. He moved to Australia in 1958, but returned to the UK after a year or two. He died in his native Cornwall in around 1983-4.

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)
Certificate of Service, onboard photos
The Empire Cruise by VC Scott O'Connor