-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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James Henry Acourt

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Date of birth: 19 December 1898
Place of birth: St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands
Previous occupation: Errand Boy
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: J30572
Joined Hood: 10th March 1931
Left Hood: 30th August 1933

Biographical Information: James Henry Acourt joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Second Class on 31st March 1914, at the age of just 15. He joined at the Devonport training establishment HMS Impregnable. The First World War was just months away. When still under 18, and a Boy First Class, he was present at the Battle of Jutland in May 1916, in the new super-dreadnought HMS Queen Elizabeth. Still in that ship, he was rated Ordinary Seaman on his 18th birthday late that year. This was the highest rate he attained in his Royal Naval time, despite a string of 'Superior' professional assessments and the award of a Long Service and Good Conduct medal. Having left the RN in December 1938 on the day before his 40th birthday, he rejoined for two years' shore service in 1939 and 1940. He died in Portsmouth, Hampshire, early in 1974.

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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)