-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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William Connor

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Date of birth: 23rd October 1883
Place of birth: Cork, Ireland
Previous occupation: Labourer, later journalist
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: 211623
Joined Hood: 15th April 1920
Left Hood: 22nd October 1923

Biographical Information:

William Connor was born in 1883, before almost all other sailors who served in Hood. By the time he joined her at Rosyth he was almost 37 years old, and already had nearly twenty years Royal Navy service. Seventeen of these were in his final rate of Able Seaman. his service prior to joining Hood included action at the Battle of Jutland in the Battleship H.M.S. Erin.

His draft to Hood, which he joined on 15th April 1920 - a month before her commissioning - was his last in the Royal Navy. He served in Hood for her more than three and a half years. His record in the Service ledger gives his youthful employment as journalist and he seems to have retained his love of the written word: papers still held privately in his home county of Cork reveal that following his discharge on pension he became the civilian manager of Hood's bookshop - a role which he held during the Empire Cruise of 1923/24. This would suit an elderly, trustworthy and reliable rating he had a long list of Superior professional assessments to his name. Following his Royal Navy time, William seems to have returned to Queenstown (now Cobh) in his native Ireland. It is clear that he retained his interest in Hood even after his discharge from Service in 1923: his surviving papers include written material up to 1927, including newspaper articles about the ship and a 'potted history' up to 1924 which he himself wrote.

History of ships served in and ratings held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
5th September 19004th December 1900NorthamptonBoy 2nd ClassADM188/370
5th December 19007th January 1901NorthamptonBoy 1st ClassADM188/370
8th January 190121st April 1901CleopatraBoy 1st ClassADM188/370
22nd April 19017th May 1901VividBoy 1st ClassADM188/370
8th May 190124th October 1901MelampusBoy 1st ClassADM188/370
25th October 190131st October 1901MelampusOrdinary SeamanADM188/370
1st November 190116th December 1901VividOrdinary SeamanADM188/370
17th December 19018th June 1903RainbowOrdinary SeamanADM188/370
9th June 19034th November 1903RainbowAble SeamanADM188/370
5th November 19035th March 1904VividAble SeamanADM188/370
6th March 190429th October 1904CambridgeAble SeamanADM188/370
30th October 19048th November 1904VividAble SeamanADM188/370
30th October 190415th February 1905EgmontAble SeamanADM188/370
9th November 190429th October 1904LeanderAble SeamanADM188/370
16th February 190522nd April 1907LondonAble SeamanADM188/370
23rd April 19071st June 1907VividAble SeamanADM188/370
2nd June 19074th November 1907CambridgeAble SeamanADM188/370
5th November 190728th January 1908Vivid IAble SeamanADM188/370
29th January 19082nd June 1909Sapphire IIAble SeamanADM188/370
3rd June 190931st May 1910BlakeAble SeamanADM188/370
1st June 191028th April 1911Vivid IAble SeamanADM188/370
29th April 191115th May 1911Vivid IIAble SeamanADM188/370
16th May 191129th September 1913TemeraireAble SeamanADM188/370
30th September 19137th October 1913Vivid IAble SeamanADM188/370
8th October 191313th August 1914DefianceAble SeamanADM188/370
14th August 191417th December 1919ErinAble SeamanADM188/370
18th December 191914th April 1920Vivid IAble SeamanADM188/370
15th April 192022nd October 1923HoodAble SeamanADM188/370
23rd October 1923Shore PensionedAble SeamanADM188/370

Additional Photographs
None at this time.

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)