-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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Herbert L. Bruce

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Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Petty Officer
Service Number: J 13059
Joined Hood: 10th March 1931
Left Hood: 24th August 1933

Biographical Information:

Herbert was the husband of Mary Bruce of Queensferry, Scotland. He was born in the late 1890s to parents Robert and Mildred Bruce of London.

Herbert entered the Royal Navy as a Boy on 20 July 1911. His specialty was in gunnery. His first ship following training is believed to have been H.M.S. Prince of Wales (1912-1913). He later served in H.M.S. Monarch (1915-1917). He was present (and wounded) during the battle of Jutland in May 1916. His next notable ship posting was H.M.S. Warspite (1926-1928). He was assigned to H.M.S. Hood from 1931 to 1933.

Having reached the rank of Chief Petty Officer, he was pensioned in February 1935.

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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)
His daughter, Mary Summers (information and photo, April 2005)