-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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Willie Collings

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Date of birth: 13th June 1886
Place of birth: Hove, Cornwall, England
Previous occupation: Farm Labourer
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Stoker Petty Officer
Service Number: K11455
Joined Hood: 15th May 1923 (Stoker Petty Officer)
Left Hood: 4th November 1925 (Stoker Petty Officer)

Biographical Information: No further biographical information is held.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
26th September 190727th January 1908Vivid IIStoker 2nd ClassADM188/1111
28th January 190831st March 1908SentinelStoker 2nd ClassADM188/1111
1st April 190818th May 1908Vivid IIStoker 2nd ClassADM188/1111
19th May 190811th August 1908SapphireStoker 2nd ClassADM188/1111
12th August 19082nd June 1909SapphireStoker 1st ClassADM188/1111
3rd June 190916th September 1909BlakeStoker 1st ClassADM188/1111
17th September 190918th April 1910Vivid IIStoker 1st ClassADM188/1111
19th April 191011th May 1911CollingwoodStoker 1st ClassADM188/1111
12th May 191125th March 1912CollingwoodStoker 1st ClassADM188/889
26th March 191217th April 1912Vivid IIStoker 1st ClassADM188/889
18th April 19124th January 1914LeanderStoker 1st ClassADM188/889
5th January 19148th April 1914IndusStoker 1st ClassADM188/889
9th April 19148th May 1914IndusLeading StokerADM188/889
9th May 191418th May 1914Vivid IILeading StokerADM188/889
19th May 191430th November 1915CumberlandLeading StokerADM188/889
1st December 191513th October 1916CumberlandStoker Petty OfficerADM188/889
14th October 19165th June 1917Vivid IIStoker Petty OfficerADM188/889
6th June 191713th March 1919BellonaStoker Petty OfficerADM188/889
14th March 191920th May 1919Vivid IIStoker Petty OfficerADM188/889
21st May 191928th February 1921Blenhein (Senator)Stoker Petty OfficerADM188/889
1st March 192111th March 1921UndauntedStoker Petty OfficerADM188/889
12th March 19217th April 1921Vivid IIStoker Petty OfficerADM188/889
8th April 192118th May 1921Vivid II (John Barry)Stoker Petty OfficerADM188/889
19th May 192130th June 1921Colossus (Collingwood)Stoker Petty OfficerADM188/889
1st July 192126th July 1921Glorious (Collingwood)Stoker Petty OfficerADM188/889
27th July 192114th May 1923Vivid IIStoker Petty OfficerADM188/889
15th May 19234th November 1925HoodStoker Petty OfficerADM188/889
5th November 192510th November 1925Vivid IIStoker Petty OfficerADM188/889
11th November 192524th June 1926ImpregnableStoker Petty OfficerADM188/889
25th June 19267th January 1927Vivid IIStoker Petty OfficerADM188/889
8th January 192717th January 1927Vivid II (Montrose)Stoker Petty OfficerADM188/889
18th January 192710th December 1928Egmont II (Montrose)Stoker Petty OfficerADM188/889
11th December 192816th April 1929Vivid IIStoker Petty OfficerADM188/889
17th April 192930th June 1929Vivid II-IVChief StokerADM363/128
1st July 192924th September 1929Pegasus (Tintagel)Chief StokerADM363/128
25th September 192925th September 1929Shore PensionedChief StokerADM363/128
26th September 192924th August 1939Enrolled in RFRChief StokerADM363/128
25th August 193911th January 1940Drake IIChief StokerADM363/128
12th January 194015th November 1944ForteChief StokerADM363/128
16th November 1944Released in Class AChief StokerADM363/128

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)
The Empire Cruise by VC Scott O'Connor
Service Record: ADM363/128(Ancestry)