-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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Joseph Christopher Douglas

Date of Birth:

29 December 1889
Place of Birth: St. Helen's
Former Occupation: Billiard Marker
Service: Royal Navy
Service No.: K56008
Previous Service No.: SS107943
Rank in Hood (highest): Stoker Petty Officer (SPO)
Period in Hood: 15 May 1923 to 4 November 1925
Biographical Information: Joseph Christopher Douglas was born on 29th December 1889, and baptised at the Sacred Heart RC Church, St. Helens, Lancashire, on January 18th1890. Joseph was brought up in St Helens by his father, John, a coal dealer, and his mother, Jessie Mary. He had seven siblings. He joined the Stoker branch of the Royal Navy, and by 1911 was serving in Devonport-based cruiser HMS Aboukir in the Mediterranean. He served in the Royal Navy throughout the First World War. Joseph was in Hood’s ship’s company during the Empire Cruise of 1923-4, and his photo, taken in San Francisco, dates from that time. It shows him as a Leading Stoker wearing “square rig”, with his Hood cap tally clearly visible, and three “good conduct” badges on his left arm. A little over a year later, in 1925, whilst still in Hood, he was advanced to the rate of Stoker Petty Officer. Family memory recalls Joseph and says he never married. He left the Royal Navy in 1929 and died in his home town of St. Helens on 9th August 1937, of congestive heart failure.