-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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James Nicholas Wilson

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Service: Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve
Rank: Midshipman
Joined Hood: 1935
Left Hood: 1935

Biographical Information: James was born on 01/05/1909 in Ilkeley. He served aboard Hood in January 1935 as a Midshipman in the RNVR (Liverpool Branch). He was the person who photographed the famous collision og Hood and Renown late that month.
He was later promoted to Lieutenant. He was called up for duty in 1941/1942 for service in MTBs based in Portsmouth, but sent home to run 'strategic Industry' in Cheshire.
He was made an honourary Colonel in the British Army in 1945. This was to facilitate his entry into post-war Germany to help with reconstruction efforts in the Ruhr.
He passed away on 05 May 1982 in Cheshire.

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)
Photos and personal documentation (courtesy of his son, Nicholas Wilson)