-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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Robert Beadon Cridge

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Date of birth: 8th September 1905
Place of birth: Barry, Glamorganshire, Wales
Previous occupation: Cleaner
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Stoker 1st Class
Service Number: KX76909
Joined Hood: 28th August 1928 (Stoker 1st Class)
Left Hood: 16th May 1929 (Stoker 1st Class)

Biographical Information: No further biographical information is held.

History of ships served in and ratings held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
24th August 19265th May 1927Vivid IIStoker 2nd ClassADM362/50
6th May 192723rd August 1927AdventureStoker 2nd ClassADM362/50
24th August 19272nd January 1928AdventureStoker 1st ClassADM362/50
3rd January 192827th August 1928Vivid IIStoker 1st ClassADM362/50
28th August 192816th May 1929HoodStoker 1st ClassADM362/50
17th May 19295th September 1930TigerStoker 1st ClassADM363/575
6th September 193031st December 1930Vivid II - VIStoker 1st ClassADM363/575
1st January 19317th September 1933ResolutionStoker 1st ClassADM363/575
8th September 193323rd October 1933Vivid IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/575
24th October 193327th April 1935BarhamStoker 1st ClassADM363/575
28th April 193521st April 1936Drake IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/575
22nd April 19367th July 1937Queen ElizabethStoker 1st ClassADM363/575
8th July 193726th July 1937Victory II (Queen Elizabeth)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/575
27th July 19377th September 1937Drake IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/575
23rd August 1937Shore - Continuous Service expiredStoker 1st ClassADM363/575
24th August 193727th September 1938Joined Royal Fleet ReserveStoker 1st ClassADM363/575
8th September 193724th October 1937Cardiff (Calcuta)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/575
25th October 193728th November 1937Cardiff (Dragon)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/575
29th November 193722nd August 1937CornwallStoker 1st ClassADM363/575
28th September 19383rd October 1938Drake II (Mobilised)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/575
4th October 193824th August 1939DemobilisedStoker 1st ClassADM363/575
25th August 193911th September 1939Drake IV (Mackay)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/575
12th September 193930th November 1939Drake IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/575
1st December 19391st July 1942EagletStoker 1st ClassADM363/575
2nd July 194228th December 1942HeliconStoker 1st ClassADM363/575
29th December 19424th January 1943DrakeStoker 1st ClassADM363/575
5th January 194328th February 1943Orlando (Richmond)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/575
1st March 19435th April 1943Eaglet (Richmond)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/575
6th April 194320th October 1943DrakeStoker 1st ClassADM363/575
21st October 194331st December 1943Braganza IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/575
1st January 194431st March 1944Salsetta IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/575
1st April 194430th June 1944Braganza IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/575
1st July 194431st January 1945BraganzaStoker 1st ClassADM363/575
1st February 194523rd November 1945Copra II (BM)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/575
24th November 1945Released Class AStoker 1st ClassADM363/575

Additional Photos

Robert during one of his period in H.M.S. Vivid.

Robert, top right, as part of a sports team during his time in Hood. The officer in the centre is probably Commander Douglas Budgen.

No known memorials

Service Record: ADM363/575 (National Archives)
Service Record: ADM362/50 (Ancestry)
Tim Harmer (photographs and information), March 2021