-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 James Henry Bendle

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Date of birth: 15th September 1900
Place of birth: Plymouth, Devon, England
Previous occupation: Labourer
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Stoker 1st Class
Service Number: K59359
Joined Hood First time: 18th April 1923 (Stoker 1st Class)
Left Hood First time: 4th November 1925 (Stoker 1st Class)
Joined Hood Second time: 1st January 1928 (Stoker 1st Class)
Left Hood Second time: 26th April 1929 (Stoker 1st Class)

Biographical Information: No further biographical information is held.

History of ships served in and ratings held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
20th December 192018th July 1921Vivid IIStoker 2nd ClassADM188/979
19th July 192122nd September 1921Emperor of IndiaStoker 2nd ClassADM188/979
23rd September 19216th November 1921AjaxStoker 2nd ClassADM188/979
7th November 192130th June 1922AjaxStoker 1st ClassADM188/979
1st July 19226th October 1922Vivid IIStoker 1st ClassADM188/979
7th October 19222nd April 1923Woolwich (Simoon)Stoker 1st ClassADM188/979
3rd April 192317th April 1923Vivid IIStoker 1st ClassADM188/979
18th April 19234th November 1925HoodStoker 1st ClassADM188/979
5th November 192512th September 1926Vivid IIStoker 1st ClassADM188/979
13th September 192620th September 1927MalayaStoker 1st ClassADM188/979
21st September 192713th November 1927Victory IIStoker 1st ClassADM188/979
14th November 192730th December 1927Vivid IIStoker 1st ClassADM188/979
31st December 192725th April 1929Hood (Snapdragon)Stoker 1st ClassADM188/979
26th April 192910th June 1929Vivid II - VIStoker 1st ClassADM363/135
11th June 192930th November 1931Egmont II - I (Mackay)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/135
1st December 193111th December 1931Vivid II (Mackay)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/135
12th December 19316th June 1932Vivid IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/135
7th June 193218th August 1933Vivid II (Kempenfelt)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/135
19th August 193331st December 1933Vivid IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/135
1st January 19341st February 1934Drake IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/135
2nd February 19348th February 1935DevonshireStoker 1st ClassADM363/135
9th February 193531st March 1935St. Angelo (Acasta)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/135
1st April 193522nd July 1935Drake II (Acasta)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/135
23rd July 193528th July 1936St. Angelo (Acasta)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/135
29th July 193612th January 1937St. Angelo (Minesweepers in Reserve)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/135
13th January 193722nd July 1937Drake IIStoker 1st ClassADM363/135
23rd July 193731st December 1939WellingtonStoker 1st ClassADM363/135
1st January 194030th September 1940Drake II (Wellington)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/135
1st October 19408th November 1940Eaglet (Wellington)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/135
9th November 194030th September 1941Eaglet (Wellington)Acting Leading StokerADM363/135
9th September 19417th May 1942DrakeLeading StokerADM363/135
1st October 19419th November 1941Ferret III (Wellington)Acting Leading StokerADM363/135
10th November 19418th September 1941Ferret III (Wellington)Leading StokerADM363/135
8th May 194212th September 1945TyneLeading StokerADM363/135
13th September 1945Released in Class ALeading StokerADM363/135

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: ADM363/134(Ancestry)
Service Record: ADM363/134(Ancestry)