-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 Copson Peake

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Date of birth: 1st September 1908
Place of birth: Alresford, Hampshire, England
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Service Number: Not known

Biographical Information: We came to know about Edward Peake's Hood service thanks to a newspaper report of his wedding, on Saturday 28th July 1934, to Miss Nicola Gibbon. The wedding took place at Fleet, Hampshire, not far from Edward's birthplace in Alresford. Both the newspaper report and the marriage record cite HMS Hood as Edward's home - see below.

We do not know the exact dates of Edward Peake's service in Hood, but it is known that he went on to serve in the Royal Navy right through World War II, and that he commanded three destroyers in succession: HMS Ambuscade, HMS Escapade and, by 1945, the new destroyer HMS Zebra. Lieutenant Commander Peake left the Royal Navy in 1952. His career took an interesting turn a decade later: the International Movie Database (IMDb) credits him with having been a military adviser on two films - 'The Longest Day' and 'We Joined the Navy'.

Edward passed away in Surrey on 28 December 1982, at the age of 74. His wife survived him by less than three weeks.

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Newspaper report of Lt Peake's wedding - believed from the Fleet and Aldershot News.

Lt Peake wedding register entry.

Lt Cdr Peake's grave.

Lt Cdr Peake gravestone detail.

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)
Martin Burrell, January 2020. Main photo from UBoat.net. Other detail from 'fionamac' on findagrave.com and from Ancestry.co.uk