-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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Thomas Alford

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Date of birth: 13 March 1894
Place of birth: Martley, Worcestershire, Worcestershire, England
Previous occupation: Gardener's Assistant
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Leading Signalman
Service Number: J8615
Joined Hood: 15th May 1923
Left Hood: 6th January 1926

Biographical Information: Thomas Alford joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class on 14 June 1910, at the age of 16 years 3 months, joining the Signals branch at the outset. Rated an Ordinary Signalman on his 18th birthday in 1912, he signed on for 12 years’ “Man’s Time” until the age of 30. He was drafted to the pre-Dreadnought battleship HMS Exmouth in 1913, and remained with her until 1916, during which time her activities included the bombardment of Zeebrugge in 1914 and participation in the Dardanelles campaign in 1915. He was drafted to HMS Hood as a Leading Signalman in 1923, and his service onboard was first highlighted by his name’s appearance in the “Scott O’Connor” personnel list of those who participated in the “Empire Cruise” of 1923-4. Released to pension as a Leading Signalman on his 40th birthday in 1934, he nonetheless “signed on” again, shore-based, for the duration of World War II, finally being discharged on 15 June 1945. He passed away in his native Worcestershire just five years later, at the age of 56.

History of ships served in and ratings held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
14th June 19107th October 1910ImpregnableBoy 2nd ClassADM188/664
8th October 191016th February 1911GangesBoy 2nd ClassADM188/664
17th February 191126th June 1911GangesBoy 1st ClassADM188/664
27th June 191131st July 1911Vivid IBoy 1st ClassADM188/664
1st August 191114th March 1912Prince GeorgeBoy 1st ClassADM188/664
15th March 19123rd June 1912Prince GeorgeOrdinary SignalmanADM188/664
4th June 191211th February 1913RoxboroughOrdinary SignalmanADM188/664
12th February 191330th June 1913Vivid IOrdinary SignalmanADM188/664
1st July 191331st December 1915ExmouthSignalmanADM188/664
1st January 191630th June 1916ExmouthLeading SignalmanADM188/664
1st July 191623rd February 1918Blenheim (Arno)Leading SignalmanADM188/664
24th February 191827th May 1918Vivid ILeading SignalmanADM188/664
28th May 19188th January 1919Blenheim (Brisk)Leading SignalmanADM188/664
9th January 19193rd March 1919Blenheim (Acorn)Leading SignalmanADM188/664
4th March 191914th October 1919Apollo (Acorn)Leading SignalmanADM188/664
15th October 191915th November 1919Vivid ILeading SignalmanADM188/664
16th November 191930th November 1919Apollo (Fury)Leading SignalmanADM188/664
1st December 191912th February 1920Vivid ILeading SignalmanADM188/664
13th February 192031st March 1920ThundererLeading SignalmanADM188/664
1st April 192031st May 1920Vivid ILeading SignalmanADM188/664
1st June 192030th September 1920BlenheimLeading SignalmanADM188/664
1st October 192011th September 1921Blenheim (Spear)Leading SignalmanADM188/664
12th September 192121st July 1922Diligence (Spear)Leading SignalmanADM188/664
22nd July 19227th August 1922VindictiveLeading SignalmanADM188/664
8th August 192214th May 1923Vivid ILeading SignalmanADM188/664
15th May 19236th January 1926HoodLeading SignalmanADM188/664
7th January 192623rd May 1926Vivid ILeading SignalmanADM188/664
24th May 192610th January 1929HeraldLeading SignalmanADM188/664
10th January 192912th March 1929ConcordLeading SignalmanADM363/350
13th March 192920th November 1929Vivid ILeading SignalmanADM363/350
4th November 19294th December 1931Vivid ILeading SignalmanADM363/350
21st November 19293rd November 1931AdventureLeading SignalmanADM363/350
5th December 193131st May 1932Comus (Steadfast)Leading SignalmanADM363/350
1st June 19323rd November 1932Vivid ILeading SignalmanADM363/350
4th November 19327th September 1933ResolutionLeading SignalmanADM363/350
8th September 193331st December 1933Vivid ILeading SignalmanADM363/350
1st January 193411th March 1934Drake ILeading SignalmanADM363/350
28th September 19386th October 1938DefianceLeading SignalmanADM363/350
4th September 19399th August 1940DefianceLeading SignalmanADM363/350
10th August 194024th March 1941CarolineLeading SignalmanADM363/350
25th March 194130th September 1941CheshireLeading SignalmanADM363/350
1st October 194115th July 1942CheshireLeading SignalmanADM363/350
16th July 194230th September 1943Drake ILeading SignalmanADM363/350
15th August 1945Leading SignalmanADM363/350

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)
Ancestry.co.uk - RN service documents: ADM188/664 and ADM363/350
The Empire Cruise by VC Scott O'Connor