-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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William John Farr

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Date of birth: 14th January 1911
Place of birth: Truro, Cornwall, England
Previous occupation: Errand Boy
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Boy 1st Class
Service Number: JX126873
Joined Hood: 1928
Left Hood: after 1929

Biographical Information: It has been possible to locate records of only part of William John Farrs career: whilst his ledger record is available, his later card index file has not been found. Nonetheless it has been possible to ascertain some detail. He was known as John (or usually Tommy after the famous boxer Tommy Farr) and he joined the RN on 29 April 1926, at the age of 15. He joined Hood in 1928 Hood was his second ship. It is known that John was still in the Service in 1944. He lost his life in the sinking of HMS Kite by U344, in the freezing waters of the Barents Sea, on 21 August that year. His photo, which was taken during his time in Hood, has been taken from the front page of his funeral order of service.

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None at this time.

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)
Service ledger