-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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Robert Murray Argyle

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Date of birth: 14th October 1918
Place of birth: Rawtenstall, Lancashire
Parents: Frank Wilkinson Argyle, Clerk in Holy Orders, and his wife Margaret Sara Causer.
Previous occupation: Schoolboy
Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Rank: Ordinary Seaman
Service Number: P/JX 181869
Joined Hood: Unknown - aboard early 1940
Left Hood: Unknown - aboard early 1940

Biographical Information: Robert Murray Argyle (known as Murray) was born on 14 October 1918 in the Vicarage, Rawtenstall, the son of Frank Wilkinson Argyle, Clerk in Holy Orders, and his wife Margaret Sara Causer.

Murray was educated at Marlborough College before World War II, before entering the RNVR during that war. His service in Hood first came to light as his name appeared in a list of those ratings treated for illness onboard in 1940!

Following the war, Murray continued his education by entering St Johns College, Cambridge and, in 1947, St Johns College awarded him the Sir Joseph Larmor Award for excellence in scientific disciplines. Murray then became a teacher, and taught at Bradfield College, Berkshire, from 1947 until his retirement, as a housemaster, in 1984.

Murray Argyle died on 5 February 2000.

Additional Photos

Murray Argyle (middle row, extreme right) in Marlborough College hockey XI, 1936. His brother, Gordon, is the team captain in the centre of the same row.

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)
ADM 101/565
Mr Patrick Argyle, nephew, photos and information December 2018.