-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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Eric William Longley Longley-Cook

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Date of birth: 6th October 1898
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Joined Hood: about 1931
Left Hood: about 1931

Biographical Information: Longley-Cook joined the Royal Navy as a cadet at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and was mobilised at the start of the First World War. He saw action in the battleship HMS Prince of Wales in the British Adriatic Squadron.

He served in HMS Hood as a Lieutenant Commander from 1930 to 1931. Longley-Cook served in the Second World War as commanding officer of the cruiser HMS Caradoc from July 1939, as deputy director of Training and Staff Duties from October 1940 and as deputy director of Gunnery and Anti-Aircraft Warfare from July 1941. He went on to be commanding officer of the cruiser HMS Argonaut from April 1942, Captain of the Fleet for the Mediterranean Fleet in January 1943 and Captain of the Fleet for the East Indies Fleet in January 1945.

After the war he became Chief of Staff for the Home Fleet in November 1946 and Director of Naval Intelligence in May 1948. In that capacity he warned the British Government that the United States 'was set to bomb Russia first' and that 'all-out war against the Soviet Union was not only inevitable but imminent.'

Eric Longley-Cook retired from the Active List of the Royal Navy on 15 September 1951. He died on 20th April 1983, aged 84.

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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)
uboat.net - photograph and rank details.
Wikipedia - biographical detail.