-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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Alfred George Bignell

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Date of birth: 4 June 1899
Place of birth: Hailsham, Sussex, Sussex, England
Previous occupation: Bricklayer's Labourer
Service: Royal Marine Artillery
Rank: Private
Service Number: 15742
Joined Hood: 13th April 1920
Left Hood: 11th May 1922

Biographical Information: Alfred George Bignell was the son of Alfred Bignell and Amelia Emily Bignell, of Hailsham, Sussex. Following time spent in the building trade, he joined the Royal Marine Artillery on 20 June 1917. The RMA, who had blue dress tunics, were known as the 'Blue Marines' whilst the Royal Marine Light Infantry (RMLI) were known as the 'Red Marines'. The two divisions amalgamated in 1923.Alfred George Bignell died in late 1959, back in Hailsham, Sussex, his birthplace.

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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)
RM Service Record. 1911 Census of England and Wales. 1959 Death Records of England and Wales.