-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 Henry Acourt

Date of Birth:

19 December 1898
Place of Birth: St Helier
Former Occupation: Errand Boy
Service: Royal Navy
Service No.: J30572
Previous Service No.: None
Rank in Hood (highest): Able Seaman
Period in Hood: 10 March 1931 to 30 August 1933
Biographical Information: James Henry Acourt joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Second Class on 31st March 1914, at the age of just 15. He joined at the Devonport training establishment HMS Impregnable. The First World War was just months away. When still under 18, and a Boy First Class, he was present at the Battle of Jutland in May 1916, in the new super-dreadnought HMS Queen Elizabeth. Still in that ship, he was rated Ordinary Seaman on his 18th birthday late that year. This was the highest rate he attained in his Royal Naval time, despite a string of 'Superior' professional assessments and the award of a Long Service and Good Conduct medal. Having left the RN in December 1938 on the day before his 40th birthday, he rejoined for two years' shore service in 1939 and 1940. He died in Portsmouth, Hampshire, early in 1974.