-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 Dreyer Shaw-Hamilton

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Date of birth: 21st January 1904
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander (G)
Joined Hood: 12th July 1937
Left Hood: 3rd July 1939

Biographical Information: As a Gunnery Officer in Hood, Shaw-Hamilton would have been a high-profile and important figure on board. Admiral Louis Le Bailly tells the story (reproduced in Bruce Taylor's book 'Battlecruiser HMS Hood') of the occasion on which, during Lt Cdr Shaw-Hamilton's testing of Hood's 'Y' (aftermost) 15 inch turret, the mechanism jammed at a particularly unfortunate moment. Hood's quarterdeck was famously wet, and the mechanism had rusted. It required the application of brute force by the engineering department to free the turret.Lt Cdr Shaw-Hamilton later served in the battleship HMS Howe, was subsequently promoted to Captain RN, and left the UK for the USA in 1953.

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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)