-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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Alexander Gordon Shepherd

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Date of birth: 15th February 1907
Place of birth: Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Previous occupation: Lift attendant
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: J106009
Joined Hood: 1923
Left Hood: 1926

Biographical Information: Alexander Gordon Shepherd joined the Royal Navy in 1922 at the age of 15, and had the good fortune to participate in the circumnavigational 'Empire Cruise' in Hood, very early in his career, in 1923 and 1924. Alexander joined Hood as a Boy Second Class, and remained until 1926, being advanced twice during his Hood time and leaving the ship as an Able Seaman Torpedoman. He remained in the Royal Navy until 1947. On being invalided from the Service at that point, he returned to his home city of Edinburgh, and was employed by electonics firm Ferranti. He died in 1978.

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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)
Mr Eddie Knight.
The Empire Cruise by VC Scott O'Connor