-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
Biography of Richard Thomas "Mike" Doolin
Updated 07-Dec-2015

This service biography was written with information provided by former Hood crewman and H.M.S. Hood Association member, the late Richard (Mike) Doolin of Australia. It covers his naval career.

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Mike Doolin circa 1936Mikewas born on 25 April 1919 in Grantham, UK to Irish parents. He joined the Royal Navy at age 16 on 12 June 1935. His service number was JX 145003. He was assigned as a Boy 2nd Class to the training establishment at H.M.S. Ganges. During his time at Ganges he was promoted to Boy 1st Class (25 January 1936). He left at Ganges on 19 March 1936 and joined the crew of the battleship H.M.S. Royal Sovereign the following day.

Mike served aboard Royal Sovereign for six months until 07 September 1936. He joined the battle cruiser H.M.S. Hood the following day. Hood, at that time was assigned to the Mediterranean Fleet. During his time in Hood, he was promoted to Ordinary Seaman (25 April 1937). He remained with Hood until 23 July 1938. Mike and his wife in late 2007

Following his time in Hood, Mike returned to England to Victory Barracks, Portsmouth. He was promoted to Able Seaman on 25 Juy 1938. September and October of that year saw Mike training at Effingham and Vernon then rejoining Victory Barracks. He then joined the sloop Auckland from November 1938 to May 1940.

1940 saw Mike assigned to the following establishments/ships: Victory, Nimrod, Defiance/Centurion, and Dolphin. He was promoted to Leading Seaman in August of that year. He left Dolphin in April 1941. The remainder of 1941 saw him serve in/at Osprey, Orlando, Cormorant and the Nile. He had been promoted to Acting Petty Officer during this timeframe.

Mike left the Nile in April 1942. The rest of the year saw Mike serve in/at St Angelo, Lance and Osprey. He was promoted to Petty Officer during this timeframe. He left the Osprey in January 1943. The rest of that year saw him serve in/at Nimrod, Victory, Osprey, Dolphin, Cyclops, Maidstone and Medway II.

Mike left Medway II in Mar 44. The remainder of that year saw him serve at Victory. He left Victory in February 1945 and was assigned "next door" at Vernon. The rest of that year saw him serve at/in Eaglet, Victory and Diadem. He served in Diadem until March 1948, at which time he returned to Victory. He was assigned to Resource and Victory throughout 1948 and into 1949. He was released from service (put into reserve status) in April 1949.

During his naval service, he received the 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal and the War Medal 1939-45. Sometime after the war he emigrated to Australia, where he lived until his death on 04 December 2015. Mike's legacy lives on through his donation of the Richard Doolin Award. This award was presented by the H.M.S. Hood Association to Sea Cadets, St Austell (formerly Hood) in May 2015. It will continue to be awarded annually to the unit's most improved cadet.

Career Timeline

Ship
Rating
From
To
Ganges
Boy 2
12 Jun '35
25 Jan '36
- . . -
Boy 1
26 Jan '36
19 Mar '36
Royal Sovereign
- . . -
20 Mar '36
7 Sep '36
Hood
- . . -
8 Sep '36
24 Apr '37
- . . -
Ord Smn
25 Apr '37
23 Jul '38
Victory I
- . . -
24 Jul '38
24 Jul '38
- . . -
AB
25 Jul '38
12 Sep '38
Effingham (Vimy)
- . . -
13 Sep '38
17 Sep '38
Vernon (- . . - )
- . . -
18 Sep '38
12 Oct '38
Victory I
- . . -
13 Oct '38
18 Nov '38
Auckland
- . . -
19 Nov '38
3 Dec '39
Cochrane 2 (Auckland)
- . . -
4 Dec '39
9 May '40
Victory I
- . . -
10 May '40
12 Jun '40
Nimrod
- . . -
13 Jun '40
24 Jul '40
Defiance (Centurion)
- . . -
25 Jul '40
4 Oct '40
- . . -
A/Ldg Smn
7 Aug '40
 
Dolphin (17L129)
- . . -
5 Oct '40
10 Apr '41
Osprey
- . . -
11 Apr '41
21 Apr '41
Orlando (Lance)
- . . -
22 Apr '41
6 Jul '41
- . . - (- . . - )
A/PO (Ty)
7 Jul '41
31 Aug '41
Cormorant (- . . - )
- . . -
1 Sep '41
31 Oct '41
Nile (- . . - )
- . . -
1 Nov '41
5 Apr '42
St. Angelo
- . . -
6 Apr '42
6 Jul '42
- . . -
P.O.
7 Jul '42
2 Sep '42
Lance
- . . -
3 Sep '42
25 Oct '42
Osprey
- . . -
26 Oct '42
8 Jan '43
Nimrod
 
9 Jan '43
5 Feb '43
Osprey
- . . -
6 Feb '43
11 Feb '43
Victory
- . . -
12 Feb '43
3 Mar '43
Dolphin (S/MS)
Petty Officer (Ty)
4 Mar '43
10 Apr '43
Cyclops (S/MS)
- . . -
11 Apr '43
23 Jun '43
Dolphin (S/MS)
- . . -
24 Jun '43
13 Jul '43
Maidstone (S/MS)
- . . -
14 Jul '43
19 Aug '43
Medway II (S/MS)
 
20 Aug '43
31 Mar '44
- . . -
Petty Officer
21 Feb '44
 
Victory
- . . -
1 Apr '44
30 Nov '44
Victory
PTRTI (2 Class)
1 Dec '44
20 Feb '45
Vernon
- . . -
21 Feb '45
10 July '45
Eaglet
- . . -
11 Jul '45
18 Sep '45
Victory
- . . -
19 Sep '45
21 Oct '45
Diadem
- . . -
22 Oct '45
16 Mar '48
Victory
- . . -
17 Mar '48
 
Resource (S.O.R.F.)
- . . -
18 Mar '48
7 Mar '49
Victory
- . . -
8 Mar '49
24 Apr '49
Released to Reserve