-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 Heppell Burridge

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Date of birth: 21st December 1908
Place of birth: Newcastle, Northumberland, England
Previous occupation: Miner
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Stoker Petty Officer
Service Number: KX.79677
Joined Hood: 26th July 1937 (Acting Stoker Petty Officer)
Left Hood: 5th December 1938 (Stoker Petty Officer)

Biographical Information: William Burridge joined the Royal Navy, as a Stoker Second Class, at Victory Barracks, Portsmouth, in January 1929, not long after his 20th birthday. This made him a much older joiner than most ratings, who tended to join around the age of 16 - but William had already been employed as a miner in civilian life. He signed on to complete an engagement of 12 years' adult service.

William joined Hood on 26th July 1937 as an Acting Stoker Petty Officer and served onboard for nearly 18 months until December the following year. He was confirmed in the Stoker Petty Officer rate while serving in Hood. He continued to serve in the Royal Navy during World War II, including service in the battleship HMS Nelson.

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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)
Mr Harry Flower, great-nephew, information September 2022.