-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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Hugh McAlister

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Date of birth: 28th June 1880
Place of birth: Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Wife: Mercy Gertrude Prickett
Previous occupation: Fitter/turner
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Chief Ordnance Artificer
Service Number: 346407
Joined Hood: 13th June 1922 (Chief Ordnance Artificer 2nd Class)
Left Hood: 5th January 1925 (Chief Ordnance Artificer 2nd Class)

Biographical Information: Hugh McAlister was born in the Catholic Falls Road, Belfast on 28 June 1880. He had the middle name Patrick but rarely used it – it does not appear on his Royal Navy service record.

Hugh joined the Royal Navy on 8 October 1903. Previously a fitter, and therefore a skilled tradesman, he was much older than the average RN recruit of the day, and was drafted direct to the Gunnery Training Ship HMS Cambridge, at Devonport, as Probationary Armourer's Crew.

Hugh married Mercy Gertrude Prickett in his adopted home city of Plymouth (Devonport) in 1908. He served in the armoured cruiser HMS Carnarvon as an Armourer at Battle of the Falklands in December 1914 and continued to serve in that ship throughout most of the war. Hugh achieved his final rank of Chief Ordnance Artificer 2nd Class on 5 April 1921 while serving in the battleship HMS Resolution.

Hood was Hugh McAlister’s last sea draft. Having joined her on 13 June 1922, he remained onboard until 1925, and hence participated in the Empire Cruise. of 1923-4, which circumnavigated the world. Hugh was discharged to pension on 7 October 1925, having served 22 years. It is known that he continued to live in Plymouth, and be involved in his armament specialisation as a civilian: in 1939 he was a `Fitter Gun Maintenance' at Plymouth.

Hugh McAlister died in Plymouth on 24 March 1950.

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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)
The Empire Cruise by VC Scott O'Connor