-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
H.M.S. Crew List

It is estimated that as many as 18,000 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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George Percival Jackson

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Date of birth: 8th April 1906
Place of birth: Gunnerside, Yorkshire, England
Parents: Mr and Mrs George Jackson
Previous occupation: Clerk
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Telegraphist
Service Number: J.106410
Joined Hood: 24th November 1923 (Boy Telegraphist)
Left Hood: 27th April 1925 (Telegraphist)

Biographical Information: George Percival Jackson was a native of Gunnerside, North Yorkshire, where his father (also called George) was the village policeman. George joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Second Class at the New Entry Training Establishment HMS Ganges, near Ipswich in Suffolk, at the age of sixteen. He was selected to train as a Telegraphist, a specialisation which demanded standards of intellect well above average.

He joined HMS Hood, his first seagoing ship, as a Boy Telegraphist, just in time for the Empire Cruise. of 1923-24. His diary of his experiences of that famous voyage is held by the HMS Hood Association. George served in Hood until 27th April 1925, and was advanced twice while on board, first to Ordinary Telegraphist (on attaining the age of 18) then to Telegraphist (Able Rate.)

George served in the Royal Navy until the end of his engagement on 7 April 1936, a total of twelve years 'man's time' over the age of 18.

In civilian life, George used his naval specialist expertise to became Chief Radio Operator for Scottish Airlines, based in Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland. At the end of his flying career in 1951, he, his wife and their infant daughter emigrated to Windsor, Ontario, Canada, where George lived out the rest of his life.

George Percival Jackson passed away in 1985, at the age of 79.

Additional Photos

George (right) with an unidentified shipmate. His Telegraphist badge is clearly visible on his right arm.

George, in tropical 'rig', with a furry friend.

George (left) with fellow Scottish Air crew members.

No known memorials

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
The Empire Cruise by VC Scott O'Connor
Mrs Valerie Menzel, daughter, photos and biography August 2021