-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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Edward Ernest Blackburn

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Date of birth: 14th July 1910
Place of birth: Norwich, Norfolk, England
Wife: Phyllis
Previous occupation: Machinist
Service: Royal Marines
Rank: Marine
Service Number: PO.X.810
Joined Hood: 31st August 1933
Left Hood: 7th September 1936

Biographical Information: Edward Blackburn enlisted in the Royal Marines at Birmingham on 3rd June 1930, not long before his 20th birthday. He served in Hood for more than three years.

Following his Hood time, Edward remained in the Royal Marines almost throughout World War II, and saw extensive sea service during that conflict. From the outbreak of hostilities until mid 1941, he served in the battleship HMS Malaya, being onboard as that ship deterred the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau from attacking the convoy she was escorting.

Edward then spent over a year in the light cruiser HMS Dauntless, including time in the Far East. Following some months in barracks, he spent much of 1944 in the heavy cruisers HMS Devonshire and HMS Kent, being onboard Kent when she successfully attacked German Convoy KS.357 in Norwegian waters in November that year. Edward left the Royal Marines, to become a coal miner, in December 1944, after more than fourteen years’ service in peace and war. Later in life, he became a painter and decorator in Portsmouth. He passed away in Portsmouth in 1983.

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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)