-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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Harry Edgecombe

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Date of birth: 4th March 1894
Place of birth: Devonport, Devon, England
Parents: Lt Henry Edgecombe RN and Mrs Grace Edgecombe
Wife: Muriel Gwendoline nee Hele
Previous occupation: Schoolboy
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Warrant Officer
Service Number: J6247 (as a rating)

Biographical Information: Harry Edgecombe's service in Hood came to attention when a report in the Slough, Eton and Windsor Observer, dated 2 May 1925, came to light. It reported on his wedding to Miss Muriel Hele, of Slough. That report gave his rank as Warrant Officer, and his ship as HMS Hood.

Harry was the son of a naval Lieutenant, and entered the Royal Navy as a Boy Second Class on 6 December 1909. As an Able Seaman, he fought at the Battle of Jutland in 1916 in the battleship HMS Marlborough and specialised in gunnery during his naval career.

Navy Lists in later years record that he was promoted to Commissioned Gunner in 1934 and to Lieutenant Royal Navy in 1942.

Harry Edgecombe passed away in his native city of Plymouth in 1954, at the early age of 60. Muriel also died in Plymouth, in 1966.

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Wedding notice of Harry and Muriel Edgecombe

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)