-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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Leonard 'Popeye' Courtney





Date of Birth:


Not known
Place of Birth: Not known
Former Occupation: Not known
Service: Royal Navy
Service No.: J70956
Previous Service No.: Not known
Rank in Hood (highest): Signalman
Period in Hood: 1 April 1920 to 14 June 1922
Biographical Information: Leonard was born on 15 May 1900 in Hull. Before joining the Royal Navy he was an apprentice Gas Fitter. He joined the service as a Boy 2nd Class on 15 May 1917 at the training establishment H.M.S Ganges at Shotely. By September of the same year he had joined the signals branch and was rated as Signal Boy until his 18th birthday byt which time he was serving in H.M.S. Canada. On reaching 18 he signed on for 12 years and was rated Ordinary Signalman. He joined Hood in April 1920 as part of her first complement and served in her until 1922. In 1924 Leonard bought himself out of the service and entered teh Royal Fleet Reserve. With gathering war clouds across Europe, he was again mobilised during 1938.


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"Ahoy there!" 'Popeye' at the signal lamp.
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