-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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Hugh Francis Pullen

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Date of birth: 9th July 1905
Place of birth: Ontario, Oakville, Canada
Service: Royal Canadian Navy
Rank: Midshipman
Service Number: O-60500
Joined Hood: 1925
Left Hood: 1928

Biographical Information: Hugh Francis Pullen joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1920 as a Naval Cadet. Released from service in 1922, he rejoined the RCN in 1924. Appointed to HMS Hood for training in 1925, he remained on board for three years, progressing from Cadet to Midshipman. Thereafter, he specialised in gunnery, completing the Long Gunnery Course in 1931.

Later appointments included that of Flotilla Gunnery Officer in the famous 'H' class destroyer leader HMS Hardy in 1936 and command of the Tribal class destroyer HMCS Nootka a decade later. He was promoted Rear Admiral in 1953 and retired in August 1960. Hugh Pullen passed away on 3rd May 1983.

A summary of his naval career is as follows.

Naval Cadet RCN 1920 Royal Naval College of Canada (Eleventh term) 1920 Released from the RCN 1922] Rejoined RCN 1924 Naval Cadet RCN (seniority 30 August 1924) RN for training HMS Thunderer for training 1925 Midshipman RCN (seniority 15 September 1925) HMS Hood for training 1925 Acting Sub-Lieutenant RCN (seniority 1 January 1928) HMS President for training 1928 HMS Dryad 1928 HMS Excellent 1928 Sub-Lieutenant RCN (seniority backdated to 1 November 1927) HMCS Champlain 1929 Lieutenant RCN (seniority 1 November 1929) HMCS Stadacona 1931 HMS Excellent for RN Long Gunnery Course 1931 HMCS Naden for Royal Canadian Naval Barracks Esquimalt Gunnery Officer 1933 HMCS Skeena as Gunnery Officer 1934 HMS Kempenfelt as Flotilla (G) Officer 1936 HMS Hardy as Flotilla (G) Officer 1936 Lieutenant-Commander RCN (seniority 1 November 1937) HMCS Ottawa as f\First Lieutenant 1938 HMCS Stadacona for RCN Barracks Halifax for General Gunnery Duties Atlantic Coast 1939 HMCS Stadacona as Officer–in-Charge Gunnery School HMCS St. Francis in command 1940 Acting Commander RCN (seniority 1 July 1941) HMCS Ottawa in command 1941 HMCS Venture as Superintendent Naval Armament Deport Halifax 1941 HMCS St. Laurent in command 1943 Commander RCN (seniority backdated to 1 July 1942) HMCS Griffin (ex-HMS Griffin name changed to HMCS Ottawa) in command and Senior Officer Convoy Escort Groups 1943 HMCS Stadacona for RCN Barracks Halifax for additional training 1944 HMCS Niobe for RN service 1944 HMCS Uganda as the Commander (Executive Officer) 1944 Acting Captain RCN (seniority 20 November 1945) NSHQ as Director Naval Reserves 1945 Captain RCN (seniority 1 January 1947) NSHQ as Deputy of Naval Personnel 1947 HMCS Nootka in command and as Captain (D) Canadian Destroyer Flotilla 1947 US Naval War College 1948 HMCS Ontario in command 1949 Commodore RCN (seniority 1 January 1951) Commodore RCN Barracks Halifax 1951 Rear-Admiral RCN (seniority 15 March 1953) NSHQ as Chief of Naval Personnel 1953 Flag Officer Pacific Coast 1955 Flag Officer Atlantic Coast and Commander Atlantic Sub-Area and Maritime Commander Atlantic 1957 Retired August 1960

Additional Photographs
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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)
Canada's Admirals and Commodores by Norman H Jolin and John M MacFarlane 3rd Edition, Revised and Updated. Per Chris Varley, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.