-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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David Towse





Date of Birth:


Not known
Place of Birth: Not known
Former Occupation: Not known
Service: Royal Navy
Service No.: P/JX 138207
Previous Service No.: Not known
Rank in Hood (highest): Able Seaman
Period in Hood: Three periods between October 1933 and January 1939
Biographical Information: David Towse was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire on 1 June 1917.

Having worked as a baker's boy in his home town, David joined the Royal Navy on 23 November 1932 as a Boy 2nd Class, being drafted to H.M.S. St Vincent - the Royal Navy's shore training establishment in Gosport, Hampshire. David spent 11 months here, progressing to Boy 1st Class before leaving the base on 11 October 1933.

His first sea-going draft was the one which all boys hoped for - H.M.S. Hood, still pride of the Royal Navy. This first period of service in Hood was to be a short one as he left the ship on 19 March 1934 to join the battleship Royal Sovereign. Hood spent October and the first week of November 1933 in Scottish waters before heading back to her home port of Portsmouth. She remained here until 12 January 1934 when she sailed for Arosa Bay at the beginning of that year's spring cruise. This included visits to Madeira and Gibraltar before taking part in the combined exercises during the first half of March. It seems likely that David left the ship in Gibraltar immediately before she sailed for home.