-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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Albert Edward Darch





Date of Birth:


4 April 1895
Place of Birth: Tynemouth
Former Occupation: Not known
Service: Royal Navy
Service No.: J10163
Previous Service No.: None
Rank in Hood (highest): Able Seaman
Period in Hood: 1923/1924
Biographical Information: Albert Edward Darch was born in Seaton Sluice, just north of Tynemouth, Northumberland to John Sidney Darch and Elizabeth Jane Darch. Albert's father was ex-navy/coastguard/customs. Albert joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Second Class on 27 October 1910 at the age of 15, and signed on for 12 years' 'man's time' on his 18th birthday, 4 April 1913. He served in the 'C' Class cruiser HMS Cleopatra during much of World War I, and so had a very eventful war. His time in Hood coincided with the 'Empire Cruise' of 1923-4. This was Albert's last sea time, and he left the Royal Navy on 3 April 1925, the day before his 30th birthday.