-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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Braithwaite (known as Peter) Jackson

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Date of birth: July 1921
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Joined Hood: 29th March 1938 (Boy First Class)
Left Hood: 19th May 1940 (Able Seaman)

Biographical Information: Braithwaite, known throughout his adult life as Peter, served in Hood from 1938 until 1940.

Born in Cumbria in 1921, Peter Jackson fulfilled a childhood ambition to join the Royal Navy when he enlisted as a teenager, joining HMS Ganges on 6 January 1937. He served in Hood for over two years, joining her as a Boy and leaving in May 1940 as an Able Seaman. He specialised in Gunnery, and served in the RN right through World War II, including in Russian and Malta convoys.

In 1949 Peter emigrated to New Zealand and transferred to the RNZN. After his marriage, he left the RNZN. Although widowed in 1985, he made the best of his long life, and enjoyed good health almost to the end.

Peter passed away in Auckland, New Zealand, on 1 June 2020.

With Bill Cass Peter was one of the two last remaining Hood veterans of whom we have knowledge.

Additional Photos

Peter Jackson on ANZAC Day 2017. One of the medals he wears was awarded By Russia for his service in the Arctic convoys.

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)