-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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Harold Robert Astley





Date of Birth:


22 July 1908
Place of Birth: Birmingham
Former Occupation: Cabinet Maker
Service: Royal Navy
Service No.: J109902
Previous Service No.: None
Rank in Hood (highest): Ordinary Seaman
Period in Hood: 7 January 1926 to 1 September 1926
Biographical Information: Harold Robert Astley, known as Robert, joined the Royal Navy in 1924 at the age of 15 as a Boy Second Class. When he joined HMS Hood in early 1926 he had been advanced to Boy First Class, and whilst on board he was advanced further to Ordinary Seaman, having attained the age of 18. After Hood, Robert's next seagoing draft was to the aircraft carrier Eagle. It was while he was in Eagle at Malta that he tragically lost his life on 2 June 1927, sustaining fatal head injuries from a fall suffered when painting the ship's side. He is buried in Malta.