-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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William King

Date of Birth:

9 November 1896
Place of Birth: Barnstaple
Former Occupation: Gardener (domestic)
Service: Royal Navy
Service No.: J24890
Previous Service No.: None
Rank in Hood (highest): Able Seaman
Period in Hood: 4 December 1926 to 6 August 1928
Biographical Information: William King joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Second Class on 6 May 1913, at the age of sixteen. He spent most of World War I in the pre-dreadnought battleship HMS Exmouth, joining her in May 1914 as a Boy First Class and remaining until 31 August 1917, by which time he had progressed through the rate of Ordinary Seaman to that of Able Seaman. His Exmouth service included the Dardanelles campaign, and duty everywhere from Scottish waters to the East Indies. By the time William King joined Hood in 1926, he had been advanced to Petty Officer.