-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 Frederick William Walker

Date of Birth:

27 February 1910
Place of Birth: Fareham, Hampshire
Former Occupation: Training Ship Boy
Service: Royal Navy
Service No.: J114138
Previous Service No.: None
Rank in Hood (highest): Able Seaman
Period in Hood: 12 May 1931 to 26 August 1932.
Biographical Information: Robert Walker entered the Royal Navy as a Boy Seaman Second Class on 5 June 1925, at HMS Ganges. He served over a year in Hood in 1931-2, in the rate of Able Seaman. Robert Walker appears to have been something of a “big ship” specialist. In addition to Hood, he also served in the Queen Elizabeth class battleships Warspite and Malaya, the “R” class battleships Resolution and Revenge, the aircraft carriers Eagle and Ark Royal, and the cruisers Glasgow and Suffolk. This may have been why he specialised as a bugler. Robert Walker left the Royal Navy in 1941, after some 16 years' service.