-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 Edwards

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Date of birth: 10th June 1913
Place of birth: Birkenhead, Cheshire, England
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Stoker 1st Class
Service Number: KX 83113
Joined Hood: 1934
Left Hood: 1938

Biographical Information: Born 10 June 1913 in Birkenhead, Cheshire. Was placed in a childrens home but ran away when 13 to join Merchant Navy (said he lied about his age) then volunteered to join The Royal Navy as a seaman on 4th May 1933 his commencement of time was 9th August 1933 and he signed up for 12 years. His first ship was Victory 11 he then joined HMS Hood on 12th January 1934 as Stoker 2nd class by the end of that year he was Stoker 1st class. He left the Hood and served on the Victory again and in his years with the Royal Navy he served on several ships including Dauntless, Drake 1V and many more times on The Victory. He was discharged as 'Physically unfit for Naval duties' in 1944 with TB. His home became a little wooden hut in the grounds of Preston Hall at the Royal British Legion Village, Aylesford, Nr Maidstone in Kent where TB patients were treated. He became a machine minder in the printing department of the British Legion Industries where he met, and in 1946 married, Doris Lilian Readman. They had 8 children, 6 boys and 2 girls. James died April 19th 1985 aged 72.

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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)
Certificate of the Service courtesy of Hazel Shrubsole, Jan 2015