-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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Edgar Frederick Smith

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Date of birth: 18th December 1908
Place of birth: Salisbury, Wiltshire, Wiltshire, England
Parents: William and Emily Smith
Previous occupation: Training Ship Boy
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: J112633
Joined Hood: 31st August 1933 (Able Seaman)
Left Hood: 7th September 1936 (Able Seaman)

Biographical Information: Edgar was the elder brother of Stanley Cyril Smith, who lost his life in the sinking of HMS Hood in 1941. Edgar joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Second Class in December 1924, just before his sixteenth birthday. He served three years in Hood from 1933, by which time he was an Able Seaman. He left the RN in 1938, on the day before his thirtieth birthday, having completed 12 years' 'man's time.' Subsequently, as a member of the Royal Fleet Reserve, he was liable for recall, and entered the Service again on 31 July 1939, in the build up to World War II, and served during those hostilities.

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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)
Service Record: ADM363/6 (Ancestry)