-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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Albert Henry Brimicombe

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Date of birth: 2 September 1906
Place of birth: Devonport, Devon, United Kingdom
Previous occupation: Schoolboy
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: J.105811
Joined Hood: 10 November 1923 (Boy 1st Class)
Left Hood: 30 August 1925 (Able Seaman)

Biographical Information: Albert Henry Brimicombe was born in the Royal Naval dockyard city of Plymouth in 1906, and joined the service, as a Boy 2nd Class, at basic training establishment HMS Ganges on 14 March 1922, at the age of 15.

Hood was Albert's first ship: his service in her began barely a year later when, as a Boy 1st Class, he had the good fortune to participate in Hood's Empire Cruise, which circumnavigated the world. Albert served in Hood until August 1925, and was advanced twice during that time: first to Ordinary Seaman and then, in May 1925, to Able Seaman.

Albert's online service record is incomplete, but shows that he was still serving in 1929. At some point he left the RN, but then a second service document shows him re-entering on 6 October 1937. He was awarded a War Medal in 1940 but no further service record has been located.

Albert died in Torbay early in 1979.

History of ships served in and ratings held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
14th June 192216th June 1923GangesBoy 2nd ClassADM188/858
17th June 19239th November 1923GangesBoy 1st ClassADM188/858
10th November 19231st September 1924HoodBoy 1st ClassADM188/858
2nd September 192424th May 1925HoodOrdinary SeamanADM188/858
25th May 192530th August 1925HoodAble SeamanADM188/858
31st August 192516th October 1925Vivid IAble SeamanADM188/858
17th October 19251st July 1927DefianceAble SeamanADM188/858
2nd July 192712th July 1927Vivid IAble SeamanADM188/858
13th July 1927BerwickAble SeamanADM188/858

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)
The Empire Cruise by VC Scott O'Connor