-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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Francis Robert Woodcock Nixon

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Date of birth: 8th February 1904
Place of birth: Duncan, British Columbia, Canada
Parents: Arthur and Edith Nixon
Wife: Eleanor Florence Nixon
Service: Royal Canadian Navy
Rank: Paymaster Midshipman
Service Number: O-55522
Joined Hood First time: 18th March 1921 (Paymaster Midshipman)
Left Hood First time: 21st March 1922 (Paymaster Midshipman)
Joined Hood Second time: 28th January 1923 (Paymaster Midshipman)
Left Hood Second time: 20th January 1925 (Paymaster Midshipman)

Biographical Information: Francis Nixon was a native of Duncan, British Columbia, Canada, the son of Arthur P W Nixon and Mrs Edith Margaret Nixon. He entered the Royal Canadian Navy as a Paymaster Cadet with seniority of 15th January 1921.

He served in HMS Hood twice, including (on the second occasion) participation in the Empire Cruise (including his native British Columbia) in 1923-4.

Sadly, Francis lost his life during World War II, in the SS Nerissa, whilst sailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Liverpool. He was, by then, a forty-year-old Paymaster Commander.

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Canadian Navy Lists per Chris Varley, Kingston, Ontario