-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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James Driscoll

Date of Birth:

24 December 1886
Place of Birth: Shandon, Cork
Former Occupation: Clerk
Service: Royal Navy
Service No.: 226540
Previous Service No.: None
Rank in Hood (highest): Regulating Petty Officer
Period in Hood: 8 August 1923 to 20 August 1925
Biographical Information: Born near Cork on Christmas Eve 1886, James Driscoll joined the Royal Navy in 1903, as a Boy Second Class. Although still just 16, he had already spent time as a clerk. At age 18 he signed on for twelve years mans time, in the Seaman Branch, later extended.By the time James joined the new battleship HMS Resolution early in 1916, he had already served in a range of ships of the late Victorian era, and was a Leading Seaman. He was present in Revenge at the battle of Jutland in May that year. He was highly experienced in life aboard big ships, and also served in Colossus, Resolution and Lion during World War I.Whilst in Revenge, and recently rated Petty Officer, James took a major career change, moving from the Seaman Branch to the Regulating (Police) Branch, taking a reduction in rate, from PO to Corporal Second Class (Leading Rate equivalent) before later being advanced to Regulating Petty Officer (RPO). James was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in January 1920. As an RPO, James was selected in 1923 to join Hood for the World Cruise of the Special Service Squadron (1923-24) assisting Master at Arms Sharman (q.v.) in the demanding task of maintaining discipline on board. He stayed in Hood until August 1925, and remained on the Royal Navys active list until being pensioned off on 23 December 1926, the day before his 40th birthday. He rejoined the RN, for service ashore, just before the start of World War ll in 1939, remaining until 1942.