-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
H.M.S. Hood Crew List
Updated 17-Apr-2010

It is estimated that as many as 9,000 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.

Chainbar divider

John Bell Anderson

Date of Birth:

6 August 1903
Place of Birth: Camberwell, London
Former Occupation: Message Boy
Service: Royal Navy
Service No.: J94021
Previous Service No.: None
Rank in Hood (highest): Able Seaman
Period in Hood: 15 May 1922 to 6 January 1926
Biographical Information: John Bell Anderson, known as Jack, was born in London but lived in Belfast as a boy. He joined the Royal Navy on the last day of 1918, at the age of fifteen, as a Boy Second Class. On his eighteenth birthday he signed on for twelve years’ “man’s time”. He was drafted to Hood – for the first time – on 10 April 1920, and by the time he left on 6 January 1922 he had been advanced twice; first to Ordinary Seaman and then to Able Seaman. It was John’s good fortune to be drafted to Hood a second time on 15 May 1922 and to remain on board until 6 January 1926; which meant that he was onboard during the “Empire Cruise” of 1923-4. That experience must have stayed in his mind, because his great-nephew Tim Evans recalls John talking about the cruise when he was an old man. Jack elected to leave the Service as a Leading Seaman at the end of his twelve-year engagement, on 5 August 1933, the day before his 30th birthday.