-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 John Parry

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Date of birth: 23rd August 1910
Place of birth: Abercynon, Glamorgan, Wales
Previous occupation: Colliery boy
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordinary Seaman
Service Number: JX125661
Joined Hood: 1st April 1927 (Boy First Class)
Left Hood: 1st May 1929 (Ordinary Seaman)

Biographical Information: William John Parry's grandson, Anthony Parry, provided HMS Hood Association with information which enabled his Hood service to be confirmed.

William joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Second Class on 5th January 1926, at the age of fifteen. He joined Hood as a Boy First Class on 1st April 1927, and whilst on board was advanced to Ordinary Seaman on attaining his eighteenth birthday in August 1928. William remained in Hood until 1929, and probably left when the ship entered her two-year mid life refit on 1st May that year. At that point, his service record was transferred to card index, but the card index has not been located, so no official record of his subsequent career is to hand, although family stories say that he subsequently served in HMS Ark Royal.

William Parry's death was recorded in Pontypridd in 1981.

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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)