-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 Hingston

Date of Birth:

12 September 1893
Place of Birth: Harwich
Former Occupation: Farm labourer
Service: Royal Navy
Service No.: K13642
Previous Service No.: None
Rank in Hood (highest): Mechanician
Period in Hood: 7 January 1926 to 14 April 1927
Biographical Information: William Hingston joined the Royal Navy on 22 January 1912 as a stoker, at the age of 18, after a short career as a farm worker. Initially, he signed on for 12 years, but later extended this time. By the time of his Hood service, he had been selected for training as a Mechanician (a skilled trade as opposed to semi-skilled) and while on board he was advanced from Acting Mechanician to Mechanician. His service in Hood came to light following the discovery of his medals by a medal collector. These included his Long Service and Good Conduct medal, awarded on 8 April 1927, almost at the end of his time in Hood.