-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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Reginald Arthur James Richards





Date of Birth:


17 August 1899
Place of Birth: Stinford
Former Occupation: Not known
Service: Royal Navy
Service No.: K59215
Previous Service No.: Not known
Rank in Hood (highest): Stoker Petty Officer
Period in Hood: 1933 - 1935
Biographical Information: Born 1899 in parish of Stinsford. Dorchester. Dorset. Joined the Navy in 1916 on the 18th September as Boy. Finished his navel career on 6th October 1945 as a PO/Stoker. Married Elizabeth Frith also from Dorchester, who was engaged to a serving sailor who died with the sinking of the Hood). They were married on Boxing Day 1941 at the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff.

After the war Reginald was employed as boilerman in a printing factory in Frome, Somerset. He remained in Frome until his death in the 1970s.