-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
H.M.S. Crew List

It is estimated that as many as 9,000 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 Frank Buttons

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Date of birth: 9th April 1890
Place of birth: Folkestone, Kent, England
Previous occupation: Milk Boy
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Signalman
Service Number: 235895
Joined Hood: 23rd May 1923 (Signalman)
Left Hood: 6th January 1926 (Signalman)







Biographical Information: No further biographical information is held.




History of ships served in and ratings held:


Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
27th January 190620th April 1906GangesBoy 2nd ClassADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
21st April 190630th August 1906ImpregnableBoy 2nd ClassADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
31st August 19061st September 1906ImpregnableBoy 1st ClassADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
2nd September 190614th December 1906Victory IBoy 1st ClassADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
15th December 190622nd January 1907Vivid IBoy 1st ClassADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
23rd January 19071st March 1907EssexBoy 1st ClassADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
2nd March 19078th April 1908AboukirBoy 1st ClassADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
9th April 19088th March 1909AboukirOrdinary SignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
9th March 190930th July 1909Vivid IOrdinary SignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
31st July 190931st August 1909TerribleOrdinary SignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
1st September 190919th May 1910PyramusOrdinary SignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
20th May 191020th May 1910PenguinOrdinary SignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
21st May 191016th October 1910Vivid IOrdinary SignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
17th October 191028th November 1910Vivid ISignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
29th November 191015th November 1911EuryalusSignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
16th November 191123rd January 1912Vivid ISignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
24th January 191213th May 1912TheseusSignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
14th May 19123rd March 1913MagnificentSignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
4th March 191314th August 1913DevonshireSignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
15th August 19131st September 1913BerwickSignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
2nd September 191329th July 1914Vivid ISignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
30th July 191416th February 1915CornwallSignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
17th February 191527th July 1915Vivid ISignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
28th July 191510th November 1916LionSignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
11th November 191630th June 1918Woolwich (Gabriel)SignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
1st July 191831st July 1918Columbine (Gabriel)SignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
1st August 191830th January 1919Leander (Gabriel)SignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
31st January 191920th March 1919Vivid ISignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
21st March 191923rd March 1920Colleen (Flying Fox)SignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
24th March 192019th November 1920Vivid ISignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
20th November 192022nd May 1922Columbine (Westcott)SignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
23rd May 19227th August 1922Vivid ISignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
8th August 192219th February 1923Victory XI (St Martin)SignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
20th February 192322nd May 1923King George (St Martin)SignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
23rd May 19236th January 1926HoodSignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
7th January 192626th January 1926Vivid ISignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
27th January 192631st August 1926ThundererSignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
1st September 192628th December 1926ErebusSignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
29th December 19265th January 1927Vivid ISignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
6th January 19277th February 1927Pembroke II (Stormcloud)SignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea
8th February 19271st January 1929Tamar II (Stormcloud)SignalmanADM188/418
via WW1 Lives at Sea


Additional Photographs
None at this time.

Memorials
No known memorials

Sources
The Empire Cruise by VC Scott O'Connor
ADM188/418 via WW1 Lives at Sea