-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 Connor

Date of Birth:

23 October 1883
Place of Birth: St Nicholas, Cork
Former Occupation: Journalist
Service: Royal Navy
Service No.: 211623
Previous Service No.: None
Rank in Hood (highest): Able Seaman
Period in Hood: 15 April 1920 - 22 October 1923
Biographical Information: William Connor was born in 1883, before almost all other sailors who served in Hood. By the time he joined her at Rosyth he was almost 37 years old, and already had nearly twenty years Royal Navy service seventeen of these in his final rate of Able Seaman. His draft to Hood, which he joined on 15 April 1920 a month before her commissioning, was his last in the Royal Navy he served onboard for more than three and a half years. His record in the Service ledger gives his youthful employment as journalist and he seems to have retained his love of the written word: papers still held privately in his home county of Cork reveal that his duties on board included looking after the bookstall on board. This would suit an elderly, trustworthy and reliable rating he had a long list of Superior professional assessments to his name. Following his Royal Navy time, William seems to have returned to Queenstown (now Cobh) in his native Ireland. It is clear that he retained his interest in Hood even after his discharge from Service in 1923: his surviving papers include written material up to 1927, including newspaper articles about the ship and a 'potted history' up to 1924 which he himself wrote.