-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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Thomas William Abbott





Date of Birth:


25 May 1901
Place of Birth: Hull, East Yorkshire
Former Occupation: Farm hand
Service: Royal Navy
Service No.: K57464
Previous Service No.: None
Rank in Hood (highest): Chief Stoker
Period in Hood: 31 August 1933 to 17 April 1941
Biographical Information: Tom Abbott joined the Royal Navy as a Stoker Second Class in July 1919, just after the end of World War I. He was already over 18 years of age when he joined - rather older than average - following a short career as a farm labourer. He clearly made an excellent impression and stood out from his peers: not only did he achieve promotion all the way to Chief Stoker, but he did so after just over twelve years’ service, at the age of just 30. Scrutiny of his service documentation suggests why: he earned a series of “Superior” professional assessments. Tom Abbott served in Hood for over seven years, from 1933 to 1941, and left the ship barely a month before she sailed on her final voyage. He left her for his last substantive draft – to HMS Beaver II, which was a naval party sent to alleviate distress in his badly-bombed home town of Hull. He left the Service to pension later in 1941. After the war Tom returned to Hull, and worked as a turbine driver at Sculcoates power station – just across the road from the “two up, two down” house where he and his wife lived. He remained in Hull for the rest of his life. Ever the engineer, Tom had an enduring fascination for model railways. He did not say much to his family about his naval experiences, however, only once producing some photos of his RN time – now long lost. Tom died on 28 June 1980 of a brain haemorrhage.