-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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Walter Rudman

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Date of birth: 18th May 1918
Place of birth: Horsham, Sussex, England
Parents: Walter Henry Rudman and Doris Rudman (nee Stagg.)
Wife: Married Margaret Gillespie Love from Glasgow on 7th August 1943. They met when he was doing a course up in Glasgow in 1941.
Previous occupation: Boy
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordinary Seaman
Service Number: JX 140867
Joined Hood: 16th November 1934
Left Hood: 10th August 1936

Biographical Information: Walter Rudman entered the RN on 15 Jan 1934 as a Boy Second Class. He was advanced from Boy First Class to the rate of Ordinary Seaman whilst in Hood. Walter later specialised in gunnery, serving right through World War 2 and until 17 May 1968, when he retired as a Chief Petty Officer (QR1) and awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM). His long career spanned the RN's entry into the missile age, and his final role as a Gunnery Senior Rating was as the Captain of 'A' turret in the guided missile destroyer HMS Hampshire, from March 1967 to April 1968.

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Mrs Margaret Saout, daughter