-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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Ernest Frederick Andrews

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Date of birth: 29th December 1886
Place of birth: Fulham, Middlesex, England
Previous occupation: Labourer
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Chief Petty Officer
Service Number: 221204
Joined Hood: 2nd January 1923 (Chief Petty Officer)
Left Hood: 5th January 1925 (Chief Petty Officer)







Biographical Information: Ernest Frederick Andrews was born on the 29th of December 1886 In Fulham London and described his occupation as a Labourer. He enlisted into the Royal Navy on his 18th Birthday on the 29th of December 1906 although had served previously as a Boy 2nd and 1st Class, (Signaler) from 29th of April to the 6th of December 1903. His service period was originally 12 years although this was extended during WW1.

After training on the training ship HMS Impregnable and Vivid based at Devonport he served on various vessels as a Ordinary and Able Seaman including HMS Majestic, (pre dreadnaught) part of the Devonport Division of the home fleet in 1908-9, and HMS New Zealand, (king Edward the VII Class) April July 1911, again, in the home fleet and where Ernest Andrews gained his promotion to Leading Seaman.

After a further period of training at HMS Vivid, he joined HMS Pelorus, which was involved in policing the Persian Gulf, between August 1911 and May 1912 to stop gun running in the area as these weapons often found the way the troublesome tribesmen on the North West Frontier. The conditions of this operation for often adverse due to the climate and lack of provisions and the crews were often required to undertake extra hours.

When the Great War began, Ernest Andrews served from August 1914 to April 1916 on HMS Pyramus, (a small cruiser) which was involved in The Battle of the Rufiji Delta, fought in German East Africa (modern Tanzania) from October 1914-July 1915, between the German light cruiser SMS Königsberg, and a powerful group of British warships. The battle was a series of attempts to sink the blockaded German cruiser that eventually resulted in the destruction of Königsberg. Ernest Andrews was promoted in February 1916 to Petty Officer.

After another period of training at HMS Vivid he served aboard HMS Vanquisher, (V Class Destroyer) between the 1st of September 1917 to the 9th of February 1920. This destroyer was involved with other ships from the 20th Flotilla, based at Immingham, Near Grimsby. The function of the Flotilla was to lay mines in German waters. It was a highly secretive operation and dangerous. The destroyers were chosen for their speed and many of the guns and torpedo tubes were removed, replaced by mine rails and mines.

He was back at HMS Vivid in February 1920 to August 1921. In 1922, He was promoted to Chief Petty Officer whilst again at HMS Vivid and joined HMS Hood as Chief Petty Officer (Master Gunners Mate) from the 8th of January 1923 to 5th of January 1925. It was during this period that he was on board for the famous World Cruise of the Special Service Squadron from the 27th of November 1923 to the 28th of September 1924, covering over 38,000 miles.

He spent a year at Vivid 1 before being shore pensioned on the 29 December 1926 and when he joined the Royal Fleet Reserve. His record indicates that he passed his leadership for Warrant officer although there is no reference to him being promoted to this rank.

He again saw service in WW2, again becoming a Chief Petty Officer at HMS Rayleigh, a new Training establishment for young seaman created in January 1940 and based at Torpoint, Cornwall. He was probably an instructor within the RFR. He died on the 4th of November 1940, as a result of multiple injuries sustained in the Norton Fitzwarren train crash, which occurred that day and where 27 people were killed, 13 of who were Navy Personnel. His death certificate confirmed his rank at the time as Chief Petty Officer, Gunners Mate. He is mentioned on the War Memorial in St Nicholas Churchyard in Hurst, Berkshire. There is also a grave within the churchyard to him and his wife Grace, Lillian, Edith Andrews who died on the 27th of October 1984, aged 99 years.



History of ships served in and ratings held:


Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
6th June 19021st April 1903ImpregnableBoy 2nd ClassADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
2nd April 19037th September 1903ImpregnableBoy 1st ClassADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
8th September 190318th December 1903Vivid IBoy 1st ClassADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
19th December 190327th January 1904CleopatraBoy 1st ClassADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
28th January 19041st February 1904MagnificentBoy 1st ClassADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
2nd February 190428th December 1904VictoriousBoy 1st ClassADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
29th December 190424th March 1906VictoriousOrdinary SeamanADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
25th March 190631st December 1906VictoriousAble SeamanADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
1st January 19079th March 1907Vivid IAble SeamanADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
10th March 19074th November 1907CambridgeAble SeamanADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
5th November 190717th August 1908Vivid IAble SeamanADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
18th August 19089th August 1909MajesticAble SeamanADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
10th August 190928th April 1911New ZealandAble SeamanADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
29th April 191131st July 1911New ZealandLeading SeamanADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
1st August 191127th May 1912Vivid ILeading SeamanADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
28th May 191217th April 1913PelorusLeading SeamanADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
18th April 191319th May 1913HighflyerLeading SeamanADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
20th May 191326th May 1913Pembroke ILeading SeamanADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
27th May 191327th August 1913Vivid ILeading SeamanADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
28th August 19139th November 1913TriumphLeading SeamanADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
10th November 191314th August 1914TorchLeading SeamanADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
15th August 191431st January 1915PyramusLeading SeamanADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
1st February 191528th April 1916PyramusPetty OfficerADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
29th April 191630th September 1917Vivid IPetty OfficerADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
1st October 191731st May 1918Woolwich (Vanquisher)Petty OfficerADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
1st June 191830th June 1918Wallington (Vanquisher)Petty OfficerADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
1st July 191831st October 1919Leander (Vanquisher)Petty OfficerADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
1st November 19199th February 1920Columbine (Vanquisher)Petty OfficerADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
10th February 192012th August 1921Vivid IPetty OfficerADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
13th August 192128th October 1921DefiancePetty OfficerADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
29th October 192130th June 1922Vivid IPetty OfficerADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
1st July 19221st January 1923Vivid IChief Petty OfficerADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
2nd January 19235th January 1925HoodChief Petty OfficerADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
6th January 192528th December 1926Vivid IChief Petty OfficerADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
13th January 192715th February 1929President II (Liverpool Rnvr)Chief Petty OfficerADM188/389
via WW1 Lives at Sea
16th February 192928th September 1938Shore - own requestChief Petty OfficerADM363/193
29th September 19383rd October 1938Drake I (Mobilised)Chief Petty OfficerADM363/193
3rd November 193929th April 1940Drake IChief Petty OfficerADM363/193
30th April 19404th November 1940RaleighChief Petty OfficerADM363/193


Additional Photographs
None at this time.

Memorials
No known memorials



Sources
Detailed biography provided by K Shemilt, 2014
The Empire Cruise by VC Scott O'Connor
ADM188/389 via WW1 Lives at Sea