-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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Leonard George Foster

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Date of birth: 20th January 1911
Place of birth: Aldershot, Hants, Hampshire, England
Previous occupation: Schoolboy
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Boy 1st Class
Service Number: JX130040
Joined Hood: 1928
Left Hood: 1929

Biographical Information: Leonard Foster joined the Royal Navy at HMS Ganges on 25 May 1927. He joined HMS Hood, his first ship, as a Boy First Class, some fifteen months later. A Devonport rating, he was still serving on board Hood when his service record was transferred from ledger to card in 1929. That record card is not available online, so the details of most of his later career are not accessible. From pencil annotation of his early record, however, it is known that he left Hood for HMS Vivid I on 8 January 1929, and that he was rated Ordinary Telegraphist a little later in 1929 while serving in the battleship HMS Malaya. His death at the age of 83, in Exeter, Devon, is recorded in January 1994.

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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)
Service ledger.