-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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Charles E. Binstead





Date of Birth:


Around March 1916
Place of Birth: Midhurst
Former Occupation: Scholar
Service: Royal Navy
Service No.: P/JX 137172
Previous Service No.: None
Rank in Hood (highest): Ordinary Telegraphist
Period in Hood: ? - 05 Nov 1934 (died)
Biographical Information: Charles, known as Teddy, was the son of Charles Edwin Binstead (a railway stoker, then driver, for the Southern Railway) and Isabel M Russell. He had one brother (who died as a baby) and two younger sisters, who survived him. He attended the King Edward's Grammar School in Midhurst, then went on to train at St. Vincent in Gosport, before being posted to HMS Hood. In 1934, aged just 18, Charles fell ill with meningitis and was admitted to the Rosyth Naval Hospital, in Fife, where he died. He was buried in the Rosyth Naval Cemetery, and is also remembered on a memorial marker in Midhurst Cemetery.