-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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Reginald Stanley Hickey

Date of Birth:

29 January 1920
Place of Birth: Portsmouth
Former Occupation: Junior Clerk
Service: Royal Navy
Service No.: J747142
Previous Service No.: None
Rank in Hood (highest): Telegraphist
Period in Hood: 2 June 1939 to 3 March 1940 and 11 August 1940 to 3 October 1940
Biographical Information: Reginald Stanley Hickey (known as Reg) was born in Portsmouth into a family of six children, and was based in Portsmouth until the end of life. Reg joined the Navy at 17 and trained as Telegraphist. He married Joan Ford in 1944 and they had three children - Janet, John and Lynne. His varied war service included time in Hood, Renown and Formidable. He was present at the Battle of Narvik and also served on the Nile (Special Service), on Russian Convoys and with the Norwegian Navy on MTBs. Postwar, Reg had two very happy “married accompanied” drafts in Malta and one year accompanied in Ireland. Reg finished his Service Career in HMS Mercury, leaving the Royal Navy as a Chief Petty Officer in 1959. Reg’s civilian employment included car sales and seven years as a publican, running “The Cormorant” pub in Portchester, with his wife Joan, until retirement in 1977. He spent many happy years in retirement: he loved gardening, and socialising and enjoyed many holidays in Europe. Reg died in May 1998 and his ashes were committed at sea, south of Southsea Point. Joan lived until 2016.