-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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John Henry Sharman

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Date of birth: 8 June 1889
Place of birth: Devonport, Devonshire, England
Previous occupation: Great Western Railway labourer. Joined RN in 1908 as a stoker. Advanced to Stoker Petty Officer before selection for transfer into Regulating Branch in 1917.
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Master at Arms
Service Number: M26900
Joined Hood: 15th May 1923
Left Hood: 2nd May 1927

Biographical Information: John Sharman was the Hood's Master at Arms, responsible to the Command for maintenance of discipline on board. He served nearly four years in Hood, and his time onboard included the whole of the Empire Cruise of 1923-4. Since this became known by sailors as the Empire Booze, the professional demands on MAA Sharman must have been considerable. Following his Hood time, John Sharman was recommended for promotion to Warrant MAA, and left the Service as an Acting WtMAA. He married Daisy Gale in 1915 and had two children, Minnie (born 1917) and John Henry junior (born 1921 and seriously disabled). MAA Sharman died on the 24th September 1944 in Plymouth.

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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)
Great nephew, Dr James Gerrard