-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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Robert John Wells

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Date of birth: 17th April 1920
Place of birth: Witney, Oxfordshire, England
Wife: Ivy Markham.
Previous occupation: Nurseryman
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Ordinary Telegraphist
Service Number: JX 150736. Portsmouth Division
Joined Hood: 2nd March 1928
Left Hood: 2nd January 1929

Biographical Information: Robert John Wells was one of six children, and worked as a gardener and nurseryman with his father, before joining the Royal Navy, aged 16, in 1936.Following his time in Hood, Robert later served in the battleship HMS Malaya, and also in Sierra Leone in Africa (HMS Eland) and Sri Lanka (HMS Lanka). He left the Royal Navy by purchase in 1948. Robert married Ivy Markham in London in 1945 and had two children. He had various jobs, and was self-employed, because Ivy became severely disabled after illness in early 1950's: Robert had to care for her and their children. Ivy died in 1960, and Robert moved to Stowmarket, Suffolk in 1966. He died after a heart attack in 1980.

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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)
Mr Richard Wells, son, 2016.