-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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Robert John Wells





Date of Birth:


17 April 1920
Place of Birth: Witney
Former Occupation: Nurseryman
Service: Royal Navy
Service No.: JX 150736. Portsmouth Division
Previous Service No.: None
Rank in Hood (highest): Ordinary Telegraphist
Period in Hood: 2 March 1938 - 2 January 1939
Biographical Information: Robert John Wells was one of six children, and worked as a gardener and nurseryman with his father, before joining the Royal Navy, aged 16, in 1936. Following his time in Hood, Robert later served in the battleship HMS Malaya, and also in Sierra Leone in Africa (HMS Eland) and Sri Lanka (HMS Lanka). He left the Royal Navy by purchase in 1948. Robert married Ivy Markham in London in 1945 and had two children. He had various jobs, and was self-employed, because Ivy became severely disabled after illness in early 1950's: Robert had to care for her and their children. Ivy died in 1960, and Robert moved to Stowmarket, Suffolk in 1966. He died after a heart attack in 1980.