-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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William Richard (Tubby) Salter

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Date of birth: 21st April 1897
Place of birth: Battersea, London, England
Parents: George and Charlotte Salter
Wife: Letitia Salter
Previous occupation: Exmouth Training Ship Boy
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: J21469
Joined Hood: 1920s
Left Hood: 1920s

Biographical Information:

William Richard "Tubby" Salter was a member of Hood's first crew. Special thanks to his nephew, Ray Casey, for sending this biography to us.

William Richard Salter (my uncle) was born on 21st. April 1897 at Battersea, London. He was the second son to George Grover and Charlotte Salter and spent most of his youth in and around the Battersea area.

My mother told me some years ago that Bill joined the navy as a young man and that he served on H.M.S. Hood and H.M.S. Gloucester, mother also told me that her brother was a 'wild un' especially when he came home on leave. He and his mates who were always (over) glad to see him, would make a large bonfire in the middle of the Street, partake of the "Wood's rum" then strip to their waists, and literally jump over the bonfire shouting their heads off.

Bill subsequently met and married Letitia (nee) Stannett on 26th. December 1920 at St. Faith's, Wandsworth during a spell of leave from H.M.S. Hood, they had one daughter Leticia whom later married and settled in Devon.

Bill eventually served on H.M.S. Gloucester where he was later known as 'Tubby' Salter, he was one of the 84 survivors that spent 24 hrs. In the water, when the 'Glorious Gloucester' was sunk at the battle of Crete in 1941. The survivors were picked up by the Germans (not the British) and were sent to POW camps in Germany, Austria and Salonica, Tubby was taken to Germany where he remained until the end of hostilities in 1945.

While in fear of the advancing Russian forces the Germans left the camp unattended, most of the POW's left the camp marching proudly in formation. Unfortunately for Tubby he was not well enough to march with the other lads, helped by his mate Bert Ham, they joined a column of refugees walking along a country lane. Sadly there emerged a Russian fighter plane (whom were our allies) it strafed the column and poor Tubby was hit, later dying of his wounds, Bert Ham buried our "Tubby".

If anyone knew "Tubby" Salter: any information from any source will be appreciated.

History of ships served in and ratings held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
28th November 191226th May 1913ImpregnableBoy 2nd ClassADM188/689
27th May 191327th May 1913ImpregnableBoy 1st ClassADM188/689
28th May 191315th September 1913TheseusBoy 1st ClassADM188/689
16th September 191315th October 1913Vivid IBoy 1st ClassADM188/689
16th October 191320th April 1915AjaxBoy 1st ClassADM188/689
21st April 191513th October 1916AjaxOrdinary SeamanADM188/689
14th October 191616th May 1918AjaxAble SeamanADM188/689
17th May 19189th June 1918Vivid IAble SeamanADM188/689
10th June 191817th October 1918Attentive IIAble SeamanADM188/689
18th October 191818th June 1919Vivid IAble SeamanADM188/689
19th June 191931st October 1919Leander (Vanoc)Able SeamanADM188/689
1st November 191929th February 1920Columbine (Vanoc)Able SeamanADM188/689
1st March 192031st March 1920Crescent (Hood)Able SeamanADM188/689
1st April 192013th June 1922HoodAble SeamanADM188/689
14th June 19227th October 1923Vivid IAble SeamanADM188/689
8th October 192331st March 1924Dilligence (Wren)Able SeamanADM188/689
1st April 192419th February 1925Sandhurst (Wren)Able SeamanADM188/689
20th February 192519th April 1925Sandhurst (Wolsey)Able SeamanADM188/689
20th April 192531st October 1925Sandhurst (Wren)Able SeamanADM188/689
1st November 192515th March 1926Egmont II (Wren)Able SeamanADM188/689
16th March 192631st March 1926Vivid II (Wren)Able SeamanADM188/689
1st April 192620th April 1927Vivid IAble SeamanADM188/689
21st April 1927Joined RFRAble SeamanADM188/689

Additional Photographs
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)