-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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Geoffrey Thistleton-Smith

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Date of birth: 10th May 1905
Previous occupation: Scholar
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Midshipman
Service Number: Not known
Joined Hood: 1923
Left Hood: 1924

Biographical Information: Geoffrey Thistleton-Smith is not listed in 'Scott O'Connor' as being among those Midshipmen who participated in the 'Empire Cruise' of 1923-4. Nonetheless this is clearly a mistake of omission, since Thistleton-Smith gives a detailed account of his midshipman time in Hood during that round-the-world trip in a book he published after the end of his naval career.

After his time in Hood, Geoffrey went on to have a distinguished RN career, including as Commander Minewarfare in HMS Vernon (for which he was awarded the George Medal) and command of what some people believe was the fastest-ever RN ship, the 40-knot fast minelayer HMS Manxman. He retired from the RN in 1961 with a knghthood and in the rank of Vice Admiral. He died in 1986.

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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)
His self-published book, 'A Naval Life 1919 - 1961'.