-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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Ernest William (Bill) Lee





Date of Birth:


Not known
Place of Birth: Not known
Former Occupation: Not known
Service: Royal Navy
Service No.: Not known
Previous Service No.: Not known
Rank in Hood (highest): Not known
Period in Hood: July 1939 to 19th May 1941
Biographical Information:

Bill joined Hood in July 1940 and was one of the last to leave the ship before she was lost. Bill left her on 19th May 1941 with 12 other ratings who were candidates for commissions to appear before as election board at Portsmouth. It is believed that Jon Pertwee, later famous as the third ‘Dr. Who’ left at the same time.

Bill was in the same mess as Hood sinking survivor Bob Tilburn. A couple of weeks after Hood was sunk Bob went to stay with Bill in Blackpool.

Bill went on to become a Lieutenant Commander and had command of an RML until the end of the war. He was mentioned in despatches for his part in the Dieppe raid when he and his crew sank a German tanker. He came out of the Navy/R.N.V.R. at the end of the war in May 1946.

Bill was one of the early members of the H.M.S. Hood Association.