-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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Victor Albert Osborne

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Date of birth: 11th November 1918.
Place of birth: Hackney, London, England
Previous occupation: Merchant Navy Cadet
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: JX140729
Joined Hood: 5th November 1934 (Boy 1st Class)
Left Hood: 25th September 1937 (Ordinary Seaman)

Biographical Information: At time of writing - December 2022 - Victor Osborne is living on Vancouver Island, Canada, and has recently celebrated his 104th birthday. As far as is known to the HMS Hood Association, Victor is the very last man alive to have served in HMS Hood.

Victor's story is a fascinating one, and his life has spanned war service in multiple battles in European and Pacific theatres and peacetime work in three continents. His memoirs were published, in instalments, in recent editions of the HMS Hood Assocation magazine, 'The Chough', during 2021.

It is hoped that Victor's life story will appear, in the near future, on this web page. If you want to read about Victor before that, then please join us in the HMS Hood Association - see http://www.hmshood.org.uk/association/membership.htm

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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)