-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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William Hingston

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Date of birth: 12 September 1893
Place of birth: Harwich, Essex, England
Previous occupation: Farm labourer
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Mechanician
Service Number: K13642
Joined Hood: 7th January 1926
Left Hood: 14th April 1927

Biographical Information: William Hingston joined the Royal Navy on 22 January 1912 as a stoker, at the age of 18, after a short career as a farm worker. Initially, he signed on for 12 years, but later extended this time. By the time of his Hood service, he had been selected for training as a Mechanician (a skilled trade as opposed to semi-skilled) and while on board he was advanced from Acting Mechanician to Mechanician. His service in Hood came to light following the discovery of his medals by a medal collector. These included his Long Service and Good Conduct medal, awarded on 8 April 1927, almost at the end of his time in Hood.

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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)
Rick C Stanutz, collector.