-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.

Chainbar divider

John Albert Victor Amos

Date of Birth:

20 February 1915
Place of Birth: Portsmouth
Former Occupation: Railway Porter
Service: Royal Navy
Service No.: KX 103994
Previous Service No.: Not known
Rank in Hood (highest): Stoker 1st Class
Period in Hood: 1940-1941
Biographical Information: John Amos was born in the dockyard town of Portsmouth, and before World War II was employed as a porter on the railway. Following the outbreak of war, he joined the Royal Navy on 12 March 1940 “until end of the present emergency” – i.e. the war. He joined Hood on 2 September 1940 as a Stoker Second Class, and was advanced to Stoker First Class on 12 March 1941, while still in Hood. His service record, received from the Ministry of Defence in 2017, confirms long-standing family folklore that records that he was drafted "sick on shore" to the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar on 21 May 1941 – immediately before Hood sailed on her final, fateful voyage. The photo shows John on the fo’c’sle of Hood. John was married on the 4th May 1940 to Joyce Violet Hare and they had one daughter, June, born in 1941. After his discharge from the Royal Navy on 2 January 1946, John went on to become a painter /decorater in Portsmouth dockyard until he retired. He died aged 72 on 7 December 1987.