-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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Maurice James (Jim) Gurney

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Date of birth: 20th August 1910
Place of birth: Dartmouth, Devonshire, England
Parents: William and Susan Gurney
Wife: Violet Gurney
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordinary Seaman
Service Number: JX126455
Joined Hood: 3rd January 1928
Left Hood: 16th May 1929

Biographical Information:

Jim was born Maurice James Gurney on 20 August 1910 at Dartmouth, Devon.

He was killed on 20th April, 1949 at 2.42pm near Tang Tu village off Rose island on the Yangtse River, China, aged 38 whilst serving as CPO Coxswain on HMS Consort during the Yangtse Incident, aged 38.

History of ships served in and ratings held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
19th March 192626th October 1926ImpregnableBoy 2nd ClassADM362/17
27th October 19261st July 1927ImpregnableBoy 1st ClassADM362/17
2nd July 19272nd January 1928Emperor of IndiaBoy 1st ClassADM362/17
3rd January 192817th February 1928HoodBoy 1st ClassADM362/17
18th February 192816th May 1929HoodOrdinary SeamanADM362/17
17th May 192918th August 1929TigerOrdinary SeamanADM363/524
19th August 19291st May 1931TigerAble SeamanADM363/524
2nd May 193111th November 1931Vivid I - IIIAble SeamanADM363/524
12th November 193131st December 1931Vivid II (Wren)Able SeamanADM363/524
1st January 193231st March 1934Tamar II (Wren)Able SeamanADM363/524
1st April 193415th January 1935Drake IAble SeamanADM363/524
16th January 19359th June 1935Boscawen (Harebell)Able SeamanADM363/524
10th June 19359th June 1936Boscawen (Harebell)Acting Leading SeamanADM363/524
10th June 193615th April 1937Boscawen (Harebell)Leading SeamanADM363/524
16th April 19379th May 1937Boscawen (Harebell)Acting Petty OfficerADM363/524
10th May 193711th June 1937Drake II (Harebell)Acting Petty OfficerADM363/524
12th June 193711th July 1937Drake IActing Petty OfficerADM363/524
12th July 193715th April 1938OrionActing Petty OfficerADM363/524
16th April 193812th March 1940OrionPetty OfficerADM363/524
13th March 194023rd June 1940DefiancePetty OfficerADM363/524
24th June 194031st July 1940Drake IPetty OfficerADM363/524
1st August 194030th September 1944Boscawen (Halcyon)Petty OfficerADM363/524
1st October 194431st October 1944SakerChief Petty Officer (Temporary)ADM363/524
1st November 194430th September 1947FerretChief Petty OfficerADM363/524
1st October 194720th April 1949Tamar (Consort)Chief Petty OfficerADM363/524

Additional Photos

Jim around 1928 during his time in Hood.

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)
MB Gurney (Service record), May 2008
Mike Gurney (Jim's son), photo and information.