-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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Arthur John Steele





Date of Birth:


Not known
Place of Birth: Not known
Former Occupation: Not known
Service: Royal Navy
Service No.: N/A
Previous Service No.: Not known
Rank in Hood (highest): Commissioned Gunner
Period in Hood: July 1936 - May 1939
Biographical Information:

Arthur was born on 18 January 1900 in Kenmare, Co. Kerry. He was the youngest son of George Coles Steele (RN Coastguard) and Emily Huntley.

Arthur entered Naval College at age of 15. He first entered service as a gunnery rating (service number J41650). He is known to have served for much of World War One aboard H.M.S. Revenge.

The following are known postings & promotions:
  • 19 Sep 1929: H.M.S. Suffolk
  • 26 Oct 1933: H.M.S. Barham
  • 14 Sep 1935: H.M.S. Drake
  • 01 May 1936: H.M.S. Pembroke
  • 27 Jul 1936: H.M.S. Hood
  • 07 Jan 1937: Promoted to Commissioned Gunner
  • 02 May 1939: H.M.S. Sheffield
  • 11 Jun 1942: Awarded MBE
  • 07 Dec 1944: Promoted to Lieutenant
Arthur died in 1957, Andover, Hants.