-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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Norton John Austin

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Date of birth: 10 July 1892
Place of birth: Stoke Damerel, Devonport, Devon, Devon
Previous occupation: Brass fitter and turner
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordnance Artificer 2nd Class
Service Number: M 6194
Joined Hood: 7th January 1926
Left Hood: 27th August 1928

Biographical Information: Norton joined the Armourer specialisation on 24 July 1913, at HMS Vivid II. By the time he joined Hood he was an Ordnance Artificer 3rd Class, and he was advanced to Ordnance Artificer 2nd Class while on board. Later in his career he spent three years in the battleship HMS Rodney, from 1932 to 1935. He was discharged to pension not long after, holding the rate of Ordnance Artificer First Class. Norton died in his native Devonport in early 1986, aged 93.

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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)
Tipoff (wrong surname spelling) from Mr Keith Howard, Apr 2019. Austin's service ledger entry found on Ancestry.