-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
Hood Scheme of War Complement as of June 1940
Updated 06-May-2014

This information was derived from Admiralty file ADM 136/13, the voluminous "ship's books" of H.M.S. Hood. It illustrates the various ranks and positions allotted to Hood as of 04 June 1940. It is liklely very similar to her final complement. The original file is Crown Copyright and reproduced here by kind permission of The National Archives (TNA) at Kew, London.

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No deviations to be made without SPECIAL Admiralty Sanction.

SCHEME OF WAR COMPLEMENT
of
H.M.S. HOOD
as Flagship of the Rear-Admiral or Vice Admiral
Commanding, Battle Cruiser Squadron.

Date of issue 4th June, 1940.


1 Rear Admiral or Vice Admiral, Commanding, Battle Cruiser Squadron.

PERSONAL STAFF
1 Flag Lieutenant-Commander or Flag Lieutenant
1 Admiral's Secretary

STAFF AND RETINUE

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1 C.S.C. (To be Flag Captain in peace).

1 Staff Officer (Ops) & Squadron Gunnery Officer

1 Squadron Torpedo Officer

1 Squadron Signal Officer

1 Squadron W/T Officer

1 Squadron Navigating Officer

1 Squadron Engineer Officer

1 Asst. to Squadron Engineer Officer

1 Squadron Medical Officer

1 Squadron Accountant Officer

1 Squadron P.R.T. Officer

1 Squadron R.M. Officer

 

1 Secretary to C.S.C.

1 Accountant Officer for duty in Admiral's Office

1 Admiral's Coxswain

1 C.P.O. Writer

1 Leading Writer

} including
} 1 Shorthand
} Typist, H.G.

1 Leading Writer for Squadron Engineer Officer.

1 C.P.O. Steward
1 P.O. Steward
2 Leading Steward
1 C.P.O. Cook (O)
1 Leading Cook (O)

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} For
} Admiral
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1 Leading Steward for Admiral's Secretary
1 Leading Steward for Flag Lieutenant
1 Leading Steward for Squadron Engineer Officer
1 Marine (Acting Corporal) as Admiral's Orderly


¤ Flag Lieutenant may be one of these, if qualified.
% Officers of Flagship
ø In War, a Staff Officer (Ops) will be appointed in addition to the Squadron Gunnery Officer
§ and for duty with R.A.C., 2 C.S. and R.A.(A).

No deviations to be made without SPECIAL Admiralty Sanction.

SCHEME OF WAR COMPLEMENT
of
H.M.S. HOOD
as Flagship of the R.A. or V.A. Commanding Battle Cruiser Squadron
after completion of re-armament.

Date of issue 4th June, 1940.


RANKS AND RATINGS

1
1
1
5 (a)
2
1
1
1
10
1
1
1
1
1

5
38 (a) (h)
48 (c) (h)
375 (h)
68 (h)

1

1
1
4
8
9
11

1
1
4
9
9
10
- (d)

 

4 (b)
8
10
49
4
10
12
3
9
7
6 (a)
12 (h)
32 (h)

1
9
4
4 (c)
19 (c)
50
6
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1

 

Captain
Commander
Commander (N)
Lieutenant Commander or Lieutenant, R.N.
Lieutenant Commander (G) or Lieutenant (G).
Lieutenant Commander (T) or Lieutenant (T).
Lieutenant Commander (PRT) or Lieutenant (PRT).
Sub Lieutenant, R.N.
Midshipman, R.N.
Commissioned Gunner or Gunner
Commissioned Gunner (D.F.) or Gunner (D.F.)
Commissioned Gunner (%) or Gunner (%)
Commissioned Gunner (T) or Gunner (T)
Commissioned Boatswain or Boatswain

Chief Petty Officer
Petty Officer
Leading Seaman
Able Seaman or Ordinary Seaman
Boy, 1st Class

Sailmaker

Commissioned Signals Boatswain or Signals Boatswain
Chief Yeoman of Signals
Yeoman of Signals
Leading Signalman
Signalman
Ordinary Signalman or Signal Boy

Commissioned or Warrant Telegraphist
Chief Petty Officer Telegraphist
Petty Officer Telegraphist
Leading Telegraphist
Telegraphist
Ordinary Telegraphist
Boy Telegraphist

Including in the Foregoing

Gunner's Mate (included in 1st class Gunnery rates below)
Quarters Rating, 1st class
Quarters Rating, 2nd class
Quarters Rating, 3rd class
Layer Rating, 1st class
Layer Rating, 2nd class
Layer Rating, 3rd class
Control Rating, 1st class
Control Rating, 2nd class
Control Rating, 3rd class
Anti-Aircraft Rating, 1st class
Anti-Aircraft Rating, 2nd class
Anti-Aircraft Rating, 3rd class

Gunnery Lieutenant's Writer (included in 3rd class G. rates)
Q.O.
Torpedo Gunner's Mate
Leading Torpedoman (Low Power)
Leading Torpedoman
Seaman Torpedoman
Trained Seaman for S.T. duty
Torpedo Lieutenant's Writer (included in S.T.'s)
P.R.T. Instructor, 2nd Class
Commander's Office Writer
Q. Met. Rating
Bugler
V/S 1 ) non-compulsory
V/S 2 ) non-substantive
W/T 1 ) rates.

 
1
1
3
4
10 (e)
24 (n)
9
14
27
49
172 (n)
  Engineer Commander or Commander (E)
Lieutenant Commander (E)
Lieutenant (E) or Sub Lieutenant (E)
Commissioned or Warrant Engineer or Commissioned or Warrant Engineer
Chief Engine Room Artificer
Engine Room Artificer
Chief Mechanician or Mechanician
Chief Stoker
Stoker Petty Officer
Leading Stoker
Stoker
 
Including in the Foregoing
1
1
1
4
 

Engineer's Writer
Engine Room Artificer (Electrical)
Leading Stoker (Electrical)
Stoker (Electrical)

 
1
1
10
5
3
3
3
  Commissioned or Warrant Shipwright
Chief Shipwright
Shipwright
Joiner
Blacksmith
Plumber
Painter
 

1
2
9

  Commissioned or Warrant Ordnance Officer
Chief Ordnance Artificer
Ordnance Artificer
 
1
2
9 (c) (f)
  Commissioned or Warrant Electrician
Chief Electrical Artificer
Electrical Artificer
 
1   Leading Photographer or Photographer
 

1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1

  Surgeon Commander
Surgeon Lieutenant Commander or Surgeon Lieutenant
Surgeon Lieutenant Commander (D) or Surgeon Lieutenant (D)
Sick Berth Chief Petty Officer
Sick Berth Petty Officer
Leading Sick Berth Attendant
Leading Sick Berth Attendant or Sick Berth Attendant (for Dental Officer)
Sick Berth Attendant

(b) aircraft are carried in the Squadron, and 1 Leading Writer or Writer.
(c) In Home Fleet ships, reduce 1 A/C Fitter II (A) and 1 A/C Fitter II (E) and add 1 Flight Mechanic and 1 Flight Rigger
(d) 1 E.A. or 1 C.A. of ship's complement to have knowledge of air work.
(e) If a third officer is borne, he should share W.R.A. with a ship's officer.

 
Ranks and Ratings
Included in the Foregoing

1
1

1
2
1
3
1
1
2
3
4
5
2
4
7
11 (g)
1
1

1
1
4
1
1
2

1
1
1 (j)
1
1 (j)

1
1 (k)
1
1

1
3

1
1
1

 

Masseur
X-Ray Assistant

Paymaster Commander
Paymaster Lieutenant Commander or Paymaster Lieutenant
Chief Petty Officer Writer
Leading Writer
Writer
Commissioned or Warrant Supply Officer
Supply Chief Petty Officer
Supply Petty Officer
Leading Supply Assistant
Supply Assistant
Chief Petty Officer Cook (S)
Petty Officer Cook (S)
Leading Cook (S)
Cook (S) or Assistant Cook (S)

Petty Officer Steward
Petty Officer Cook (O)

Chief Petty Officer Steward
Leading Steward
Steward or Assistant Steward
Petty Officer Cook (O)
Leading Cook (O)
Cook (O) or Assistant Cook (O)

Petty Officer Steward
Leading Steward
Steward or Assistant Steward
Petty Officer Cook (O)
Cook (O) or Assistant Cook (O)

Leading Steward
Steward or Assistant Steward
Leading Cook (O)
Cook (O) or Assistant Cook (O)
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}Commanding Officer

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Master-At-Arms
Regulating Petty Officer

Chaplain
Instructor Commander, Instructor Lieutenant Commander or Instructor Lieutenant
Senior Master

 
ROYAL MARINES
1
1
1
1
7
10
2
110
  Major
Captain
Lieutenant
Colour Sergeant
Sergeant
Corporal
Bugler
Marine
 
Included in Above

1 (b)
1
3
5
18
2
7
1
1
1

  Gunnery Instructor (included in 1st Class Gunnery rates below)
M.T. Instructor, 2nd Class
Quarters Rating, 1st Class
Quarters Rating, 2nd Class
Quarters Rating, 3rd Class
Layer Rating, 2nd Class
Layer Rating, 3rd Class
Control Rating, 1st Class
Control Rating, 2nd Class
Control Rating, 3rd Class
Included in the foregoing
4 (b)
8
10
49
4
10
12
3
9
7
6 (a)
12 (h)
32 (h)
  Gunner's Mate (included in 1st Class Gunnery rates below)
Quarters Rating, 1st Class
Quarters Rating, 2nd Class
Quarters Rating, 3rd Class
Layer Rating, 1st Class
Layer Rating, 2nd Class
Layer Rating, 3rd Class
Control Rating, 1st Class
Control Rating, 2nd Class
Control Rating, 3rd Class
Anti-Aircraft Rating, 1st Class
Anti-Aircraft Rating, 2nd Class
Anti-Aircraft Rating, 3rd Class
 
Ranks and Ratings
Included in Above
2
1
1
1
3
1


  Q.O.
P.R.T. Instructor, 1st Class
R.M. Signalling Instructor
R.M. Signaller, 1st Class
R.M. Signaller, 2nd Class
Acting Corporal (i/c W.R.A.s)
(Marines as Ward Room Attendants to be drawn from detachment in accordance with Art.793. K.R.A.I.)
 
In Addition to Above
1
1
15
3
1

  Bandmaster, 1st Class
Band Corporal
Musician
Marine as Butcher
Marine as Attendant to Commander
(1 in addition for each additional Commander of the Executive Branch borne)
1,233 (h) TOTAL COMPLEMENT (Plus F.A.A. Complement and WAR Additions Below)
 
Included in total complement
1
5
2
1 (m)
6
1
  Artificer Diver
Diver
Seaman or Stoker as Warrant Officer's servant
Acting Schoolmaster
Higher Fire Control Allowance
Action Plotting Allowance
)Ratings other than
) Seamen or Marines
 
Additions allowed in War only
1
- (a)
1
2
  Lieutenant, Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) or Sub Lieutenant, RNR
Lieutenant, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) or Sub Lieutenant, RNVR
Surgeon Lieutenant or Surgeon Lieutenant Commander
Sick Berth Rating
1,237 (a) (h) FULL WAR COMPLEMENT (Plus F.A.A. Complement Overleaf)
 
NOTES
(a)   If only 5 A.A.1s (or G.M.s in lieu) are borne, add (in War only) 1 Lieutenant, RNVR or Sub Lieutenant, RNVR. If only 4 A.A.1s (or G.M.s in lieu) are borne, add also 1 Lieutenant Commander or Lieutenant, RN and reduce 1 Petty Officer. If less than 4 A.A.1s (or G.M.s in lieu) are borne, add (in War only) another Lieutenant, RNVR of Sub Lieutenant, RNVR.
 
(b)   Whilst there is a shortage of 1st class rates, additional G.M.s and G.I.s may be borne in lieu up to a maximum bumber of 2 G.M. and G.I.
 
(c)  

If no L.T.O. (L.P.) is available reduce 1 Leading Seaman and add 1 E.A. and 3 L.T.O

If only 1 L.T.O. (L.P.) is available, reduce 1 Leading Seaman and add 1 E.A. and 2 L.T.O

If only 2 L.T.O. (L.P.) are available, add 2 L.TO.

If only 3 L.T.O. (L.P.) are available, add 1 L.T.O.

 
(d)   Boy Telegraphists will be drafted additional, when available, up to a maximum of 12.
 
(e)   Includes 1 Boilermaker for duty with Squadron Engineer Officer
 
(f)   Includes 1 for Squadron W/T repairs
 
(g)   Add 1 Cook (S) or Assistant Cook (S) when a Fleet Air Arm Unit allowes more than 35 men is attached to the Squadron
 
(h)  

(i) Until G.R.U.'s and G.R.U.B.'s are fitted, reduce 1 Leading Seaman and 5 Able Seamen or Ordinary Seamen (including 3 A.A.2) and 1 Boy, 1st Class.

(ii) When Mark IV Pompom Directors are fitted, add 1 Petty Officer, 1 Leading Seaman and 5 Able Seamen or Ordinary Seaman (including 3 A.A.2 and 2 A.A.3) and 1 Boy, 1st Class.

 
(j)   If more than 18 Gun Room Officers are borne, add 1 Steward or Assistant Steward for every 6 (or part of 6) in excess of 18. If more than 30 are borne, add 1 Cook (O) or Assistant Cook (O).
 
(k)   If more than 19 Warrant Officers are borne, add 1 Steward or Assistant Steward
 
(m)   Whilst over 100 Boys are carried and provided only 1 Schoolmaster Officer is borne, a second Acting Schoolmaster is allowed.
 
(n)   Includes 1 Engine Room Artificer and 1 Stoker for catapult, who are not to be drafted until 14 days before aircraft is embarked.
Type of Aircraft:–
2 - Seater
(L/R).
3 - Seater
(T/S/R or WALRUS).
Number of Aircraft:–
1
2
1
2
Naval Flying Personnel
Lt. Cdr., Lt. or Sub.Lt., R.N.
or (A) or R.M. Officer, for (P) and ship duties
Lt.Cdr. or Lt., R.N. or (A)
Officer for (O) and ship duties.¤
Petty Officer Airman -
Rating Pilot
Rating Observer
A.G.1
Leading Airman or Airman -
A.G.2
A.G.3
 
R.A.F. Maintenance Personnel
Flight Sergeant Fitter I
Sergeant Fitter I
Corporal Fitter I
A/c Fitter II (A)
A/c Fitter II (E)
Flight Mechanic
Flight Rigger
A/c Fitter Armourer
A/c W.E.M.
 
Naval Administrative Personnel
A.B. or Ord. Smn.
Ldg.Writer or Writer
Marines (W.R.A.)
 
 
1
 
1
 
-
-
-
 
-
-
 
 
- (b)
- (b)
1
-
-
1
1
1 (d)
1 (d)
 
 
1
- (b)
1
 
 
1
 
1
 
1
1
-
 
-
-
 
 
- (b)
- (b)
1
1 (c)
1 (c)
1 (c)
1 (c)
1 (d)
1 (d)
 
 
2
- (b)
1 (c)
 
 
1
 
1
 
-
-
-
 
1
-
 
 
- (b)
- (b)
1
-
-
1
1
1 (d)
1 (d)
 
 
1
- (b)
1
 
 
1
 
1
 
1
1
- (a)
 
1 (a)
1
 
 
- (b)
- (b)
1
1 (c)
1 (c)
1 (c)
1 (c)
1 (d)
1 (d)
 
 
2
- (b)
1 (c)
TOTAL
9
14
10
16

Notes.

¤ In Flagships, the senior (or only) Observer Officer will be appointed "and for Squadron duties".
(a) In Flagships, reduce 1 Ldg. Airman or Airman (A.G.2) and add 1 P.O. Airman (A.G.1).
(b) In Flagships, carrying a Squadron or Flight Commander, add 1 Sergeant Fitter I (Flight Sergeant Fitter I in lieu, if more than 6 Aircraft are carried in the Squadron) and 1 Leading Writer or Writer.
(c) In Home Fleet ships, reduce 1 A/c Fitter II (A) and 1 A/c Fitter II (E) and add 1 Flight Mechanic and 1 Flight Rigger.
(d) 1 E.A. or 1 C.A. of ship's complement to have knowledge of air work.
(e) If a third officer is borne, he should share W.R.A. with a ship's officer