-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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John Harold Johnson

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Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: J55304
Joined Hood: 15th May 1923 (Able Seaman)
Left Hood: 5th June 1925 (Able Seaman)

Biographical Information: John was born on 1st July, 1900 and joined the Royal Navy on 14th July 1916. He served during World War 1.John joined Hood on 15th May 1923 and was one of the crew who went around the world in the ship on the famous Empire Cruise. The cruise lasted 10 months and covered over 38,000 miles visiting all the important Dominion countries.John's service continued throughout the inter-war years and into World War 2. In World War 2 he served in H.M.S. Ark Royal and was later sunk in a ship during the siege of Malta. John was hospitalized in Malta.When his 28 years of service ended on 20th October 1944, he had reached the rank of Chief Petty Officer.John was an electrician by trade and died on 10th March 1953.al Navy.

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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)
James Bate, John's Great Grandson
The Empire Cruise by VC Scott O'Connor