-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 Keast

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Date of birth: 21st April 1897
Place of birth: Palperro, Cornwall, England
Previous occupation: Shipwright
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Shipwright 2nd Class
Service Number: M34980
Joined Hood: 7th January 1926 (Shipwright 3rd Class)
Left Hood: 27th August 1928 (Shipwright 2nd Class)

Biographical Information: No further biographical information is held.

History of ships served in and ratings held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
7th July 19195th April 1920Vivid IIIActing Shipwright 4th ClassADM188/1087
6th April 192015th November 1920EagleActing Shipwright 4th ClassADM188/1087
16th November 19203rd January 1921Vivid IIIActing Shipwright 4th ClassADM188/1087
4th January 19213rd February 1921Vivid IIIShipwright 4th ClassADM188/1087
4th February 192126th June 1921CicalaShipwright 4th ClassADM188/1087
27th June 19216th July 1921MothShipwright 4th ClassADM188/1087
7th July 192115th October 1922MothShipwright 3rd ClassADM188/1087
16th October 19225th February 1923CicalaShipwright 3rd ClassADM188/1087
6th February 192324th March 1923MothShipwright 3rd ClassADM188/1087
25th March 19239th August 1923Vivid IIIShipwright 3rd ClassADM188/1087
10th August 192325th November 1923King George VShipwright 3rd ClassADM188/1087
26th November 192331st January 1924Glorious (King George V)Shipwright 3rd ClassADM188/1087
1st February 19245th May 1924Dartmouth (King George V)Shipwright 3rd ClassADM188/1087
6th May 192414th August 1925Impregnable (King George V)Shipwright 3rd ClassADM188/1087
15th August 19256th October 1925Vivid IIShipwright 3rd ClassADM188/1087
7th October 19259th November 1925DiligenceShipwright 3rd ClassADM188/1087
10th November 19256th January 1926Vivid IIShipwright 3rd ClassADM188/1087
7th January 19266th July 1926HoodShipwright 3rd ClassADM188/1087
7th July 192627th August 1928HoodShipwright 2nd ClassADM188/1087
28th August 192826th November 1928Vivid IIShipwright 2nd ClassADM188/1087
27th November 192814th May 1929Osprey (Heather)Shipwright 2nd ClassADM188/1087
15th May 192928th May 1929Vivid II-VShipwright 2nd ClassADM363/170
29th May 19296th July 1931EagleShipwright 2nd ClassADM363/170
7th July 193112th July 1931EagleShipwright 1st ClassADM363/170
13th July 193123rd October 1933Vivid II-VShipwright 1st ClassADM363/170
24th October 193329th August 1935BarhamShipwright 1st ClassADM363/170
30th August 193514th November 1935Drake IIShipwright 1st ClassADM363/170
15th November 193514th January 1938TerrorShipwright 1st ClassADM363/170
15th January 19384th April 1938Columbo (Ceres)Shipwright 1st ClassADM363/170
5th April 193822nd November 1938Columbo (Carlisle)Shipwright 1st ClassADM363/170
23rd November 19385th January 1939Drake IIShipwright 1st ClassADM363/170
6th January 193910th December 1941RepulseShipwright 1st ClassADM363/170

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: ADM363/170(Ancestry)