-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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Ernest Charles Luscott

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Date of birth: 9th February 1900
Place of birth: Clun, Shropshire, England
Previous occupation: Labourer - and underage volunteer soldier.
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: J51498
Joined Hood: 29th August 1925. (Able Seaman)
Left Hood: 27th August 1928 (Able Seaman)

Biographical Information: The Hood service of Ernest Luscott came to light with the discovery of an inter-part football medal awarded to him around 1927 - see images below.

Subsequent research revealed that he had joined the Royal Navy, as a Boy Second Class, in March 1916, during the First World War. He was sixteen years old. So far, so unremarkable. But then further research revealed that he had previously joined the Army - his local regiment the Shropshire Light Infantry and Grenadiers - at the start of the war in 1914 at the age of just fourteen 'for the duration' of the War. His attestation form states that he is nineteen years ten months old - he had lied about his age to enlist. Clearly, his deception had been discovered - hence his move to the Royal Navy at the age of sixteen.

Ernest served in Hood, as an Able Seaman, for a full three years, from August 1925 until August 1928.

Ernest later earned advancement to the rate of Petty Officer, and qualified for a pension on 8 February 1940 - the day before his fortieth birthday - having completed twenty-two years' 'man's time'. Since World War II was in progress, he continued to serve in shore billets for some years more.

Ernest Charles Luscott passed away in Maidstone, Kent, late in 1976. He was 76 years old.

Additional Photos

E C Luscott Inter-part football medal.

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)
Mr Kevin Holliday, October 2020.