-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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David John James Williams

Date of Birth:

11 March 1904
Place of Birth: Bristol
Former Occupation: Office Boy
Service: Royal Navy
Service No.: J95630
Previous Service No.: None
Rank in Hood (highest): Able Seaman
Period in Hood: 15 December 1920 to 14 May 1923
Biographical Information: David J J Williams joined the RN as a Boy Second Class in HMS Impregnable on 22 July 1919, soon after the end of World War I. He joined Hood in 1920, not long after her commissioning, as a Boy First Class and was advanced twice during his two and a half years on board, first to Ordinary Seaman and then to Able Seaman. David served in the RN until 1934, at which point, as an ex-Regular, he began his service in the Royal Fleet Reserve. This lasted until 1938, at which point he was “demobbed”, only to rejoin the RN immediately before the outbreak of World War II. For four years, from 1941 until his final date in 1945, David served in the battleship Duke of York, and so he was present at the sinking of the Scharnhorst in the Battle of the North Cape on Boxing Day 1943. His family reports that, in later life, David said very little about his Royal Navy time.