-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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Latham Brereton Jenson

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Date of birth: 2nd May 1921
Place of birth: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Service: Royal Canadian Navy
Rank: Sub-Lieutenant (Acting)
Service Number: O-36570
Joined Hood: 1940
Left Hood: 1941 (Left before loss of ship)

Biographical Information: Like many young Canadian officers before him, Latham Jenson underwent training in ships of the Royal Navy, including, in his case, HMS Hood. He had a narrow escape, being appointed from Hood shortly before her sinking. Indeed, this was not his only such escape: he also spent time under training in the Tribal Class destroyer HMS Matabele, which was also sunk - although in her case not until January 1942.

Latham Jenson went on to have a successful naval career, being given command of three ships in succession: the 'C' class destroyer HMCS Crusader (formerly HMS Crusader); the Tribal class destroyer HMCS Micmac; and the River class frigate HMCS Fort Erie. He left the RCN as a Commander in 1965 and passed away on the last day of 2004.

Details of Latham Jenson's career are noted below.

Special Entry Naval Cadet RCN (seniority 26 August 1938) HMS Erebus for training 1938 HMS Frobisher for training 1939 Midshipman RCN (seniority 1 September 1939) HMS Vindictive for training 1939 HMS Renown for training 1939 HMS Matabele for training 1940 Acting Sub-Lieutenant RCN (seniority 1 May 1940) HMS Hood for training 1941 Lieutenant RCN (seniority October 1941) HMCS Ottawa 1942 Lieutenant RCN (seniority 1 September 1942) HMCS Niagara as First Lieutenant 1942 HMCS Stadacona 1942 HMCS Long Beach in command 1943 HMCS Algonquin First Lieutenant HMCS Cayuga First Lieutenant 1946 Lieutenant-Commander RCN (seniority 1 September 1950) Commander RCN (seniority 1 July 1955) HMCS Crusader in command 1955 HMCS Micmac in command 1956 HMCS Fort Erie in command 1958 HMCS Fort Erie and the 7th Escort Squadron in command 1960 HMCS Stadacona NATO Defence College in Paris HMCS Royal Roads Retired 1965

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)