-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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Edgar Lawrence Willoughby

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Date of birth: 16th November 1908
Place of birth: Walmer, Kent, England
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Leading Seaman (Acting)
Service Number: P/JX 142590
Joined Hood: 8th September 1936
Left Hood: 2nd June 1939

Biographical Information:

Born 16 November 1908.

Joined sea/naval cadets Kent 1919, on reaching 18 years of age may have transferred to Royal Navy Reserve or Volunteer Reserve. Look at the date 16/11/29, [21st birthday] probably took ten years in the reserves to go from ordinary seaman to able seaman (AB). July 1931 probably out of work because of depression so applied to join Royal Navy.

Oct 1931 joined Royal Navy by purchase. He's purchased a trade and agreed to pay thirty six pounds. He was sent to Pembrooke near Chatham on the River Medway to do initial training, ST = Visual signals, ie flag signals, semaphore signals, electronic signals. Victory 1. 26/6/33 Barracks attached to HMS Victory Portsmouth Naval Base.

Died 11th November 1999 at Nambour, Australia.

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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)
Laurie Willoughby (information, Jan 2005)