-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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Charles Reginald Hoskin

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Date of birth: 16th July 1885
Place of birth: Torquay, Devon, England
Previous occupation: Domestic grocer
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Chief Petty Officer
Service Number: 216764
Joined Hood: 15th April 1920 (Petty Officer)
Left Hood: 7th April 1921 (Chief Petty Officer)

Biographical Information: A west country man, Charles Hoskin was born in Torquay, Devon, so naturally he was a Devonport rating throughout his career. His Royal Navy 'man's time', reckonable for his future pension, began on his 18th birthday, 16th July 1903. A member of the Seaman branch, Charles specialised in gunnery.

By the time he joined HMS Hood in April 1920 he was a senior Petty Officer, whose professional excellence had been demonstrated by the award of a succession of 'Superior' annual professional assessments. No wonder, then, that he was selected for promotion to Chief Petty Officer, and posted his new rate a short time after joining Hood.

As was normal for men who had served a full career, Charles Hoskin was discharged, to pension, from the Royal Navy on the day before his 40th birthday - 15th July 1925 - after 22 years' adult service.

Charles had various jobs after leaving the Navy but his final working years were as resident caretaker at the Union Street Methodist church in Torquay. He and wife Florence had seven children of whom just one (Cyril) was a boy.

Charles Hoskin died in 1965, aged 80.

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Clive Hoskin, grandson, information August 2021.