-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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Frederick Ball

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Date of birth: 15th May 1905
Place of birth: St Austell, Cornwall, England
Previous occupation: Clayworker
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Stoker 1st Class
Service Number: K61394
Joined Hood: 24th October 1923 (Stoker 2nd Class)
Left Hood: 15th December 1925 (Stoker 1st Class)

Biographical Information: No further biographical information is held.

History of ships served in and ratings held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
19th June 192323rd October 1923Vivid IIStoker 2nd ClassADM188/983
24th October 192318th June 1924HoodStoker 2nd ClassADM188/983
19th June 192415th December 1925HoodStoker 1st ClassADM188/983
16th December 19255th July 1927Vivid IIStoker 1st ClassADM188/983
6th July 192730th June 1928Egmont II (Volunteer)Stoker 1st ClassADM188/983
1st July 192831st August 1928Vivid II (Volunteer)Stoker 1st ClassADM188/983
1st September 192831st March 1931Egmont II (Volunteer)Stoker 1st ClassADM188/983
1st April 19311st May 1931Vivid II - IV (Volunteer)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/213
2nd May 193111th April 1932Comus (Volunteer)Acting Leading StokerADM363/213
2nd May 19311st May 1931Comus (Volunteer)Stoker 1st ClassADM363/213
12th April 193231st August 1932RodneyActing Leading StokerADM363/213
1st September 193227th April 1934RodneyLeading StokerADM363/213
28th April 193430th August 1934RodneyActing Stoker Petty OfficerADM363/213
31st August 193425th January 1935Drake IIActing Stoker Petty OfficerADM363/213
26th January 193517th June 1935Caledon (Tenedos)Acting Stoker Petty OfficerADM363/213
18th June 193518th June 1935Shore CS ExpiredActing Stoker Petty OfficerADM363/213
19th June 193527th September 1938Joined RFRActing Stoker Petty OfficerADM363/213
28th September 19383rd October 1938Drake II (Mobilised)Acting Stoker Petty OfficerADM363/213
1st October 193924th October 1939Drake IIStoker Petty OfficerADM363/213
25th October 19391st February 1940Drake II (Kandahar)Stoker Petty OfficerADM363/213
2nd February 194031st March 1940Drake IIStoker Petty OfficerADM363/213
1st April 19401st May 1940Drake II (Kandahar)Stoker Petty OfficerADM363/213
2nd May 19407th November 1941Drake IV (Cattistock)Stoker Petty OfficerADM363/213
8th November 19417th December 1942CharybdisStoker Petty OfficerADM363/213
8th December 194211th June 1943Drake IIStoker Petty OfficerADM363/213
12th June 194312th November 1945ColomboStoker Petty OfficerADM363/213
13th November 1945Released in Class AStoker Petty OfficerADM363/213

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: ADM/363/213(Ancestry)