-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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John Hunt Hedley

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Date of birth: 28th April 1919
Place of birth: Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Joined Hood: 1937
Left Hood: 1940

Biographical Information: John Hedley, known as Jack, is believed to have joined the Royal Navy around 1936. It is thought that he left Hood in 1940, to attend officer training.

Following his Royal Navy time, Jack returned to his native County Durham. He died there, in the town of Newton Aycliffe, in 1988.

Additional Photos

Jack Hedley (right) and colleague. Photo taken in Black and White Studios, Malta, and dated 1 January 1938.

Jack Hedley (right) and colleagues on a 'run ashore'.

Jack Hedley (right) in tropical rig on the upper deck. He and his colleague appear to be sitting on a 4-inch quick-firing anti-aircraft gun, which they may have operated.

No known memorials

Confirmed by postcard and photograph, courtesy of Kenny Logon, May 2012
Further photos and information from Kenny Logon August and September 2020.