-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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Ronald Paterson

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Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Boy 1st Class
Service Number: Unknown
Joined Hood: 1933
Left Hood: 1936

Biographical Information: Ron Paterson, the Hood Association's Chaplain, joined Hood as a 15 year old Boy Sailor in 1933 after training in H.M.S. Ganges. Ron has clear memories of joining the ship and the welcome that he received from her Commander, Rory O'Conor. Whilst serving in Hood, Ron progressed to become a seaman Gunner. He also enjoyed the sports which were a key part of that commission. Ron's other memories of his time in Hood include the collision with H.M.S. Renown and the Silver Jubilee Review for King George V. After leaving Hood, Ron's hard work resulted in a commission and eventual rise to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was in command of four different ships during World War 2. On leaving the Royal Navy in 1958 Ron became an ordanied Priest in the Church of England and served as Vicar of Swanmore for 23 years.

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
H.M.S. Hood Association archives