-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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Joseph Christopher Douglas

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Date of birth: 29 December 1889
Place of birth: St. Helen's, Lancashire, England
Parents: John and Jessie Mary Douglas.
Wife: None
Previous occupation: Billiard Marker
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Stoker Petty Officer
Service Number: K56008
Joined Hood: 15th May 1923 (Leading Stoker)
Left Hood: 4th November 1925 (Acting Stoker Petty Officer)

Biographical Information: Joseph Christopher Douglas was born on 29th December 1889, and baptised at the Sacred Heart RC Church, St. Helens, Lancashire, on January 18th1890. Joseph was brought up in St Helens by his father, John, a coal dealer, and his mother, Jessie Mary. He had seven siblings. He joined the Stoker branch of the Royal Navy, and by 1911 was serving in Devonport-based cruiser HMS Aboukir in the Mediterranean. He served in the Royal Navy throughout the First World War. Joseph was in Hoods ships company during the Empire Cruise of 1923-4, and his photo, taken in San Francisco, dates from that time. It shows him as a Leading Stoker wearing square rig, with his Hood cap tally clearly visible, and three good conduct badges on his left arm. A little over a year later, in 1925, whilst still in Hood, he was advanced to the rate of Stoker Petty Officer. Family memory recalls Joseph and says he never married. He left the Royal Navy in 1929 and died in his home town of St. Helens on 9th August 1937, of congestive heart failure.

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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)
Family member Anne Spendiff.
The Empire Cruise by VC Scott O'Connor