-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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Geoffrey Mackworth

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Date of birth: 20th June 1879
Place of birth: Dixton, Monmouthshire, Wales
Parents: Sir Arthur Mackworth and Alice Mackworth
Wife: Noel Mabel Landford
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Captain
Joined Hood: 31st March 1921
Left Hood: 15th May 1923

Biographical Information:

Geoffrey Mackworth was born on 20th June 1879, the fifth son of Sir A Mackworth. He joined the Royal Navy as a midshipman on 15th July 1893. He is known to have served in the Channel Fleet as a lieutenant aboard the destroyer H.M.S. Arab (3rd Destroyer Flotilla) in 1906. He married Noel Mabel Langford in 1910.

He served during the First World War of 1914-1918. During this timeframe he was appointed to the rank of Commander. He received the D.S.O. and was mentioned in Despatches for his actions aboard H.M.S. Ferret during the battle of the Heligoland Bight. Between 1918 and 1921, he served in the Baltic as captain of H.M.S. Delhi and received the C.M.G. as a result.

From 1922-1924, he commanded the battle cruiser H.M.S. Hood under VADM Walter Cowan. Detailed review of the ship's logs as well as recollections of former crewmen show that both men were strict, often uneven and excessive disciplinarians. Mackworth in particular tended to over react to even the slightest infractions. He was particularly hard on Marines. This caused Hood to become a very unhappy ship during his tenure.

Mackworth left Hood in 1924 and subsequently served as the Captain of Dockyard, Devonport. He held this post until 1926. He was promoted to Rear-Admiral in 1930, and by 1935 had retired as a Vice-Admiral. He lived in Ivybridge, Devon until his death on 4th March 1952.

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Mackworth in 1920 as Captain of Hood

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)