-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 James Holt





Date of Birth:


25 October 1900
Place of Birth: Shoreham
Former Occupation: Schoolboy
Service: Royal Marines Band Service
Service No.: 2316
Previous Service No.: None
Rank in Hood (highest): Bandmaster First Class
Period in Hood: 27 January 1938 - 3 May 1939
Biographical Information: Robert Holt joined the Royal Marines Band Service on 26 February 1915, at the age of just fourteen years four months. He was just 4 feet 8 inches tall at the time! During World War 1 he served afloat in the battlecruiser HMS Inflexible. His time in Hood came during her penultimate commission: he served onboard for well over a year, and had by then reached the senior RMBS rank of Bandmaster First Class. Hood was Robert's last seagoing time: although he continued to serve in the RMBS until August 1944, near the end of World War 2, all of his appointments in this war were shore-based. When he left the RM he joined ENSA - family members remember travelling around the country as he conducted various concerts. Robert later qualified as a male nurse after much studying. Family members report that he said almost nothing about his RMBS time, until very late in his life, when he gave his son this photo, taken of Robert as a 14-year-old Band Boy.