-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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Wallace Harry Warren

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Date of birth: 9th November 1899
Place of birth: Ideford, Devon, England
Wife: Florence
Previous occupation: Gardener
Service: Royal Marines
Rank: Marine
Service Number: 19711
Joined Hood: 11th October 1921
Left Hood: 29th August 1925

Biographical Information: Wallace Harry Warren was born in Ideford, Devon, just a few miles from Exeter, the city in which he enlisted as a Private in the Royal Marines Light Infantry (RMLI) on 7th August 1917. He was 17 years old. Posted first to the recruit training depot in Deal, and subsequently to the Plymouth Division, Wallace began his first sea draft in August 1919, not long before the end of World War I, in the minelayer HMS Bellona.

Wallace joined HMS Hood on 11th of October 1921, and was serving in her when the RMLI amalgamated with the Royal Marine Artillery on 22nd June 1923. At that point, Wallace, like all his RMLI comrades, was recategorised from ‘Private’ to ‘Marine’.

Wallace had the good fortune to be still serving in Hood when she led the Special Service Squadron on the ‘Empire Cruise’ circumnavigation of the world from 1923 to 1924. Sadly, his service career came to an end less than two years later, when, in March 1926, he was invalided out of the Royal Marines as a result of tuberculosis.

In civilian life, Warren moved to Somerset and became a poultry farmer. The 1939 register of England and Wales records that he was living in Bridgwater, Somerset, and that his occupation, sadly, was listed as ‘incapacitated’.

Wallace Harry Warren died in Taunton, Somerset, in 1969

Additional Photos

Wallace Harry Warren visits his sister Elizabeth in 1924 in Australia, during Hood's Empire Cruise. Photos supplied by Wallace's daughter, Susie Roberts.

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)