-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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Thomas William Abbott

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Date of birth: 25th May 1901
Place of birth: Hull,, Yorkshire, England
Previous occupation: Farm hand
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Chief Stoker
Service Number: K57464
Joined Hood: 31st August 1933
Left Hood: 17th April 1941

Biographical Information: Tom Abbott joined the Royal Navy as a Stoker Second Class in July 1919, just after the end of World War I. He was already over 18 years of age when he joined - rather older than average - following a short career as a farm labourer. He clearly made an excellent impression and stood out from his peers: not only did he achieve promotion all the way to Chief Stoker, but he did so after just over twelve years service, at the age of just 30. Scrutiny of his service documentation suggests why: he earned a series of Superior professional assessments.Tom Abbott served in Hood for over seven years, from 1933 to 1941, and left the ship barely a month before she sailed on her final voyage. He left her for his last substantive draft to HMS Beaver II, which was a naval party sent to alleviate distress in his badly-bombed home town of Hull. He left the Service to pension later in 1941.After the war Tom returned to Hull, and worked as a turbine driver at Sculcoates power station just across the road from the two up, two down house where he and his wife lived. He remained in Hull for the rest of his life.Ever the engineer, Tom had an enduring fascination for model railways. He did not say much to his family about his naval experiences, however, only once producing some photos of his RN time now long lost.Tom died on 28 June 1980 of a brain haemorrhage.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
15th July 191912th November 1919Victory IIActing Stoker 1st ClassADM188/975
13th November 191914th July 1920CaledonActing Stoker 1st ClassADM188/975
15th July 192025th August 1921CaledonStoker 1st ClassADM188/975
26th August 19215th February 1923CuracoaStoker 1st ClassADM188/975
6th February 192323rd October 1923Iron DukeStoker 1st ClassADM188/975
24th October 19231st December 1923Victory IIActing Leading StokerADM188/975
2nd December 192313th March 1924FisgardLeading StokerADM188/975
14th March 192431st March 1924FisgardActing Stoker Petty OfficerADM188/975
1st April 19245th September 1924Victory IIActing Stoker Petty OfficerADM188/975
6th September 192413th March 1925HermesActing Stoker Petty OfficerADM188/975
14th March 19253rd June 1925HermesStoker Petty OfficerADM188/975
4th June 192531st August 1925Victory IIStoker Petty OfficerADM188/975
1st September 192531st August 1926FuriousStoker Petty OfficerADM188/975
1st September 192616th September 1926Victory IIStoker Petty OfficerADM188/975
17th September 192620th February 1928FisgardStoker Petty OfficerADM188/975
21st February 19288th September 1931CourageousStoker Petty OfficerADM188/975
9th September 19312nd October 1931CourageousChief StokerADM363/266
3rd October 193124th January 1932Victory IIChief StokerADM363/266
25th January 193221st February 1933Egmont II (Boreas)Chief StokerADM363/266
22nd February 193330th August 1933Victory IIChief StokerADM363/266
31st August 193317th April 1941HoodChief StokerADM363/266
18th April 194115th September 1941Beaver II(Express)Chief StokerADM363/266
16th September 19418th November 1945Tyne (Express)Chief StokerADM363/266
9th November 1945Released Class AChief StokerADM363/266

Additional Photographs
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)
Service documents