-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.

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Ronald Paterson

Date of Birth:

Not known
Place of Birth: Not known
Former Occupation: Not known
Service: Royal Navy
Service No.: Unknown
Previous Service No.: Not known
Rank in Hood (highest): Boy 1st Class
Period in Hood: 1933 to 1936
Biographical Information: Ron Paterson, the Hood Association's Chaplain, joined Hood as a 15 year old Boy Sailor in 1933 after training in H.M.S. Ganges. Ron has clear memories of joining the ship and the welcome that he received from her Commander, Rory O'Conor. Whilst serving in Hood, Ron progressed to become a seaman Gunner. He also enjoyed the sports which were a key part of that commission. Ron's other memories of his time in Hood include the collision with H.M.S. Renown and the Silver Jubilee Review for King George V. After leaving Hood, Ron's hard work resulted in a commission and eventual rise to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was in command of four different ships during World War 2. On leaving the Royal Navy in 1958 Ron became an ordanied Priest in the Church of England and served as Vicar of Swanmore for 23 years.