-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 Henry Ball

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Date of birth: 15th March 1896
Place of birth: Totnes, Devon, England
Previous occupation: Farm boy
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Petty Officer
Service Number: J17547
Joined Hood: 10th June 1922 (Petty Officer)
Left Hood: 2nd November 1924 (Petty Officer)

Biographical Information: No further biographical information is held.

History of ships served in and ratings held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
19th May 19121st October 1912ImpregnableBoy 2nd ClassADM188/682
2nd October 19123rd October 1912ImpregnableBoy 1st ClassADM188/682
4th October 19129th January 1913LeviathanBoy 1st ClassADM188/682
10th January 191327th January 1913Vivid IBoy 1st ClassADM188/682
28th January 191321st February 1913ImpregnableBoy 1st ClassADM188/682
22nd February 191331st March 1913BerwickBoy 1st ClassADM188/682
1st April 191314th March 1914ThundererBoy 1st ClassADM188/682
15th March 191420th October 1914ThundererOrdinary SeamanADM188/682
21st October 191423rd March 1915ThundererAble SeamanADM188/682
1st March 191525th August 1916HanibalAble SeamanADM188/682
24th March 191528th June 1915Vivid IAble SeamanADM188/682
29th June 191515th July 1915Vivid II (M31)Able SeamanADM188/682
16th July 191516th January 1916Europa IIAble SeamanADM188/682
17th January 191628th February 1915Egmont (M31)Able SeamanADM188/682
26th August 191613th August 1917Egmont III (RND Port Yard)Able SeamanADM188/682
14th August 191730th June 1918Egmont III (RND Port Yard)Leading SeamanADM188/682
1st July 191824th July 1918Duke (M31)Leading SeamanADM188/682
25th July 191814th November 1919Vivid ILeading SeamanADM188/682
15th November 191930th June 1921Vivid IPetty OfficerADM188/682
1st July 192115th March 1922ColleenPetty OfficerADM188/682
16th March 19229th June 1922Vivid IPetty OfficerADM188/682
10th June 19222nd November 1924HoodPetty OfficerADM188/682
3rd November 19242nd January 1925Vivid IPetty OfficerADM188/682
3rd January 192520th September 1927ImpregnablePetty OfficerADM188/682
21st September 192728th October 1927Vivid IPetty OfficerADM188/682
29th October 19273rd January 1928ImpregnablePetty OfficerADM188/682
4th January 192811th November 1928Vivid IPetty OfficerADM188/682
12th November 19281st January 1929ConcordPetty OfficerADM188/682

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)
Service Record: ADM/363/86(Ancestry)