-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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Clifford Frederick Ladd

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Date of birth: 30th April 1904
Place of birth: Teignmouth, Devon, England
Parents: Ernest John and Lucy Selina Ladd
Previous occupation: Schoolboy
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordnance Artificer 3rd Class
Service Number: M34957
Joined Hood: 1st August 1925 (Ordnance Artificer 4th Class)
Left Hood: 27th August 1928 (Ordnance Artificer 3rd Class)

Biographical Information:

Clifford was born on 30th April 1904 at Teignmouth. Devon, the son of Ernest John Ladd, a baker and confectioner, and his wife Lucy. Clifford had a brother, Ernest and a sister, Dorothy.

Joining the Royal Navy as a Boy Artificer in August 1919, Clifford served in Hood for three years between August 1925 and August 1928 and had reached the rate of Ordnance Artificer 3rd Class by the time he left the ship.

His progression continued through the 1930s and, by the time he joined his final ship, H.M.S. Repulse on 3rd January 1939, he was rated Chief Ordnance Artificer 2nd Class.

Clifford lost his life in the sinking of Repulse on 10th December 1941.

History of ships served in and ratings held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
8th August 19194th August 1920IndusBoy Ordnance ArtificerADM188/1087
5th August 192018th July 1922IndusOrdnance Artificer ApprenticeADM188/1087
19th July 192231st December 1923FisgardOrdnance Artificer ApprenticeADM188/1087
1st January 19243rd January 1924FisgardOrdnance Artificer 5th ClassADM188/1087
4th January 192430th June 1924ExcellentOrdnance Artificer 5th ClassADM188/1087
1st July 192418th August 1924Vivid IIOrdnance Artificer 5th ClassADM188/1087
19th August 192431st December 1924CarysfortOrdnance Artificer 5th ClassADM188/1087
1st January 19257th May 1925CarysfortActing Ordnance Artificer 4th ClassADM188/1087
8th May 192531st July 1925Vivid IIActing Ordnance Artificer 4th ClassADM188/1087
1st August 19256th February 1926HoodActing Ordnance Artificer 4th ClassADM188/1087
7th February 192631st December 1927HoodOrdnance Artificer 4th ClassADM188/1087
1st January 192827th August 1928HoodOrdnance Artificer 3rd ClassADM188/1087
28th August 192828th August 1928Vivid IIOrdnance Artificer 3rd ClassADM188/1087
29th August 19281st September 1929CarysfortOrdnance Artificer 3rd ClassADM188/1087
2nd September 192911th October 1929Pegasus (Carysfort)Ordnance Artificer 3rd ClassADM363/170
12th October 192913th May 1930Vivid II-VOrdnance Artificer 3rd ClassADM363/170
14th May 193031st December 1931NorfolkOrdnance Artificer 3rd ClassADM363/170
1st January 193218th May 1932NorfolkOrdnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM363/170
19th May 193222nd October 1934DehliOrdnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM363/170
23rd October 19343rd July 1935Drake IIOrdnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM363/170
4th July 193522nd July 1935Drake II (Codrington)Ordnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM363/170
23rd July 193521st September 1936St. Angelo II (Codrington)Ordnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM363/170
22nd September 193628th February 1937St. Angelo II (Codrington)Acting Chief Ordnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM363/170
9th February 193722nd July 1938ResolutionChief Ordnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM363/170
1st March 193721st September 1937GloriousActing Chief Ordnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM363/170
22nd September 19371st December 1937GloriousChief Ordnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM363/170
2nd December 19378th February 1937Drake IIChief Ordnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM363/170
23rd July 193826th August 1938FramilliesChief Ordnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM363/170
27th August 19382nd January 1939RevengeChief Ordnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM363/170
3rd January 193910th December 1941RepulseChief Ordnance Artificer 2nd ClassADM363/170

Additional Photos

Clifford with his family.

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: ADM363/170(Ancestry)
Sandra Roskruge (photographs and biographical information, via Ancestry), December 2021