H.M.S. Hood Reference Materials
Official Records Pertaining to H.M.S. Hood
Updated 29-Jan-2011

Listed here are all key official British government records related to H.M.S. Hood. The items in blue are records which have been transcribed and posted on this website. Items in grey are files which are in the process of being initially transcribed and will be posted in the near future. The remainder are documents we plan on acquiring and posting eventually. Please also note that we will also have additional official documents (those that are not Hood-specific), on our upcoming sister website "Royal Navy Flag Officers, 1904-1945".

These records are held by The National Archives, Kew, London, except where otherwise noted. These records are Crown Copyright and are reproduced here by kind permission of The National Archives. If you know of a key record which we have overlooked, please be sure to contact us.

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ADM 1 (Admiralty & Secretarial Papers)

ADM 1/1319 – Mutiny Rumours
ADM 1/8590/106 – Report of Proceedings of H.M.S. Hood. German convoy escorted and examined during operation "DY" Aug 1920.
ADM 1/8662/111 – Special Service Squadron, Empire Cruise. Table money and Flag allowances. Question of its operation on all occasions when the Light Cruisers are detached from the Battle Cruisers (1924)
ADM 1/8753/219 – Report of proceedings of the Battle Cruiser Squadron, Jun– Jul 1931
ADM 1/8759/201 – Celebration of His Majesty's birthday at Guernsey by H.M.S. Hood on 30th Jun 1932
ADM 1/8770/139 – Publication in the Daily Mail of rumours of mutiny on H.M.S. Hood: Discussion of the procedure for dealing with rumours & reports (1933)
ADM 1/9209 – Battle Cruisers: design (1916)
ADM 1/9210 – Hood class: armour and deck protection (1916)
ADM 1/9226 – Summary of 'Hood' Trials for Information of Post War Questions Committee
ADM 1/9555 – Battle Cruiser Squadron: transfer to and from the Mediterranean; duties of Rear-Admiral First Battle Squadron (1935–1938)
ADM 1/10321 – Oran (exact content not established)
ADM 1/10633 – H.M.S. Hood and Warspite: report of movements between 9–18 Feb (1940)
ADM 1/11585 – Landing of Naval Wire Barrage equipment from HM Ships after loss of H.M.S. Hood
ADM 1/11726 – Loss of Hood in action with German battleship Bismarck: report of Board of Inquiry
ADM 1/19140 – Sinking of H.M.S. Hood: conflicting reports by German officers. Sinking of Hood by Long Range Torpedoes.
ADM 1/19999 – Sinking of German Battleship Bismarck: Publication of dispatch submitted by C-in-C Home Fleet
ADM 1/23040 – Allocation of first 40 UP projectors (unrotating projectile mountings) (1940)
ADM 1/30817 – Loss of H.M.S. Hood


ADM 53 (Ships' Logs)

ADM 53/78910 – Ship's Log, 29 Mar 1920–19 Mar 1921
ADM 53/78911 – Ship's Log, 20 Mar 1921–10 Mar 1922
ADM 53/78912 – Ship's Log, 11 Mar 1922– 01 Mar 1923
ADM 53/78913 – Ship's Log, 02 Mar 1923–15 May 1923
ADM 53/78914 – Ship's Log, 16 May 1923– 30 Apr 1924
ADM 53/78915 – Ship's Log, 01 May 1924– 18 Apr 1925
ADM 53/78916 – Ship's Log, 19 Apr 1925–06 Jan 1926
ADM 53/78917 – Ship's Log, 07 Jan 1926–29 Jan 1927
ADM 53/78918 – Ship's Log, 30 Jan 1927–21 Feb 1928
ADM 53/78919 – Ship's Log, 22 Feb 1928–15 Feb 1929
ADM 53/78920 – Ship's Log, 16 Feb 1929–17 May 1929
Refit at Portsmouth 18 May 1929–09 Mar 1931 (no logs)
ADM 53/78921 – Ship's Log, 10 Mar 1931–31 Mar 1931
ADM 53/78922 – Ship's Log, Apr 1931
ADM 53/78923 – Ship's Log, May 1931
ADM 53/78924 – Ship's Log, Jun 1931
ADM 53/78925 – Ship's Log, Jul 1931
ADM 53/78926 – Ship's Log, Aug 1931
ADM 53/78927 – Ship's Log, Sep 1931
ADM 53/78928 – Ship's Log, Oct 1931
ADM 53/78929 – Ship's Log, Nov 1931
ADM 53/78930 – Ship's Log, Dec 1931
ADM 53/78931 – Ship's Log, Jan 1932
ADM 53/78932 – Ship's Log, Feb 1932
ADM 53/78933 – Ship's Log, Mar 1932
ADM 53/78934 – Ship's Log, Apr 1932
ADM 53/78935 – Ship's Log, May 1932
ADM 53/78936 – Ship's Log, Jun 1932
ADM 53/78937 – Ship's Log, Jul 1932
ADM 53/78938 – Ship's Log, Aug 1932
ADM 53/78939 – Ship's Log, Sep 1932
ADM 53/78940 – Ship's Log, Oct 1932
ADM 53/78941 – Ship's Log, Nov 1932
ADM 53/78942 – Ship's Log, Dec 1932
ADM 53/78943 – Ship's Log, Jan 1933
ADM 53/78944 – Ship's Log, Feb 1933
ADM 53/78945 – Ship's Log, Mar 1933
ADM 53/78946 – Ship's Log, Apr 1933
ADM 53/78947 – Ship's Log, May 1933
ADM 53/78948 – Ship's Log, Jun 1933
ADM 53/78949 – Ship's Log, Jul 1933
ADM 53/78950 – Ship's Log, Aug 1933
ADM 53/78951 – Ship's Log, Sep 1933
ADM 53/78952 – Ship's Log, Oct 1933
ADM 53/78953 – Ship's Log, Nov 1933
ADM 53/78954 – Ship's Log, Dec 1933
ADM 53/78955 – Ship's Log, Jan 1934
ADM 53/78956 – Ship's Log, Feb 1934
ADM 53/78957 – Ship's Log, Mar 1934
ADM 53/78958 – Ship's Log, Apr 1934
ADM 53/78959 – Ship's Log, May 1934
ADM 53/78960 – Ship's Log, Jun 1934
ADM 53/78961 – Ship's Log, Jul 1934
ADM 53/78962 – Ship's Log, Aug 1934
ADM 53/78963 – Ship's Log, Sep 1934
ADM 53/78964 – Ship's Log, Oct 1934
ADM 53/78965 – Ship's Log, Nov 1934
ADM 53/78966 – Ship's Log, Dec 1934
ADM 53/97652 – Ship's Log, Jan 1935
ADM 53/97653 – Ship's Log, Feb 1935
ADM 53/97654 – Ship's Log, Mar 1935
ADM 53/97655 – Ship's Log, Apr 1935
ADM 53/97656 – Ship's Log, May 1935
ADM 53/97657 – Ship's Log, Jun 1935
ADM 53/97658 – Ship's Log, Jul 1935
ADM 53/97659 – Ship's Log, Aug 1935
ADM 53/97660 – Ship's Log, Sep 1935
ADM 53/97661 – Ship's Log, Oct 1935
ADM 53/97662 – Ship's Log, Nov 1935
ADM 53/97663 – Ship's Log, Dec 1935

ADM 53/97664 – Ship's Log, Jan 1936
ADM 53/97665 – Ship's Log, Feb 1936
ADM 53/97666 – Ship's Log, Mar 1936
ADM 53/97667 – Ship's Log, Apr 1936
ADM 53/97668 – Ship's Log, May 1936
ADM 53/97669 – Ship's Log, Jun 1936
ADM 53/97670 – Ship's Log, Jul 1936
ADM 53/97671 – Ship's Log, Aug 1936
ADM 53/97672 – Ship's Log, Sep 1936
ADM 53/97673 – Ship's Log, Oct 1936
ADM 53/97674 – Ship's Log, Nov 1936
ADM 53/97675 – Ship's Log, Dec 1936
ADM 53/104194 – Ship's Log, Jan 1937
ADM 53/104195 – Ship's Log, Feb 1937
ADM 53/104196 – Ship's Log, Mar 1937
ADM 53/104197 – Ship's Log, Apr 1937
ADM 53/104198 – Ship's Log, May 1937
ADM 53/104199 – Ship's Log, Jun 1937
ADM 53/104200 – Ship's Log, Jul 1937
ADM 53/104201 – Ship's Log, Aug 1937
ADM 53/104202 – Ship's Log, Sep 1937
ADM 53/104203 – Ship's Log, Oct 1937
ADM 53/104204 – Ship's Log, Nov 1937
ADM 53/104205 – Ship's Log, Dec 1937
ADM 53/104206 – Ship's Log, Jan 1938
ADM 53/104207 – Ship's Log, Feb 1938
ADM 53/104208 – Ship's Log, Mar 1938
ADM 53/104209 – Ship's Log, Apr 1938
ADM 53/104210 – Ship's Log, May 1938
ADM 53/104211 – Ship's Log, Jun 1938
ADM 53/104212 – Ship's Log, Jul 1938
ADM 53/104213 – Ship's Log, Aug 1938
ADM 53/104214 – Ship's Log, Sep 1938
ADM 53/104215 – Ship's Log, Oct 1938
ADM 53/104216 – Ship's Log, Nov 1938
ADM 53/104217 – Ship's Log, Dec 1938
ADM 53/109191 – Ship's Log, Jan 1939
ADM 53/109192 – Ship's Log, Feb 1939
ADM 53/109193 – Ship's Log, Mar 1939
ADM 53/109194 – Ship's Log, Apr 1939
ADM 53/109195 – Ship's Log, May 1939
ADM 53/109196 – Ship's Log, Jun 1939
ADM 53/109197 – Ship's Log, Jul 1939
ADM 53/109198 – Ship's Log, Aug 1939
ADM 53/109199 – Ship's Log, Sep 1939
ADM 53/109200 – Ship's Log, Oct 1939
ADM 53/109201 – Ship's Log, Nov 1939
ADM 53/109202 – Ship's Log, Dec 1939
ADM 53/112443 – Ship's Log, Jan 1940
ADM 53/112444 – Ship's Log, Feb 1940
ADM 53/112445 – Ship's Log, Mar 1940
ADM 53/112446 – Ship's Log, Apr 1940
ADM 53/112447 – Ship's Log, May 1940
ADM 53/112448 – Ship's Log, Jun 1940
ADM 53/112449 – Ship's Log, Jul 1940
ADM 53/112450 – Ship's Log, Aug 1940
ADM 53/112451 – Ship's Log, Sep 1940
ADM 53/112452 – Ship's Log, Oct 1940
ADM 53/112453 – Ship's Log, Nov 1940
ADM 53/112454 – Ship's Log, Dec 1940
ADM 53/114434 – Ship's Log, Jan 1941
ADM 53/114435 – Ship's Log, Feb 1941
ADM 53/114436 – Ship's Log, Mar 1941
ADM 53/114437 – Ship's Log, Apr 1941
May 1941 log lost with the ship.
ADM 53/114888 – Prince of Wales's Log, May 1941



ADM 101 (Medical Department of the Navy: Medical Journals)

ADM 101/565 – "Hood"–"Impregnable" (a review of medical happenings aboard a number of ships to include Hood)


ADM 116 (Admiralty & Secretariat Cases)

ADM 116/1881 – Visit of Battle Cruiser Squadron to Scandinavian Ports (1919–20)
ADM 116/2219 – Empire Cruise of the Special Service Squadron (Volume 1)
ADM 116/2220 – Empire Cruise of the Special Service Squadron (Volume 2)
ADM 116/2254 – Special Service Squadron–Letters of Proceedings (Volume 1)
ADM 116/2255 – Special Service Squadron–Letters of Proceedings (Volume 2)
ADM 116/2256 – Special Service Squadron–Letters of Proceedings (Volume 3)
ADM 116/2257 – Special Service Squadron–Letters of Proceedings (Volume 4)
ADM 116/3516 – Spanish Civil War: Proceedings of rear Admiral 2nd Battle Squadron Apr to Aug 1939
ADM 116/3517 – Spanish Civil War: Proceedings of HM Ships in Northern Spanish Waters
ADM 116/4351 – Loss of H.M.S. Hood in action with German battleship Bismarck: Boards of Inquiry
ADM 116/4352 – Loss of H.M.S. Hood in action with German battleship Bismarck: Boards of Inquiry


ADM 136 (Ships' Books, Series II)

ADM 136/13 – Ship: H.M.S. Hood (Ship's books–Several large volumes containing technical/financial data on ship work plus manpower data, etc.)


ADM 156 (Admiralty Courts Martial Cases and Files)

ADM 156/65 – Amendments to regulations on conduct of preliminary investigations and admissibility of confessions. Question of authority of Metropolitan Police on duty at dockyard gates. Mr T Jupp. Warrant Instructor in Cookery. H.M.S. Hood. Theft etc.
ADM 156/107 – Collision between HM Ships Hood and Renown. Rear-Admiral SR Bailey CB, CBE, DSO, RN commanding Battle Cruiser Squadron, and others. Hazarding of vessels.


ADM 167 (Board of Admiralty: Minutes and Memoranda, Series II)

ADM 167/83 – Board of Admiralty: Minutes and Memoranda 1931 (Invergordon Mutiny)
ADM 167/89 – Board of Admiralty: Minutes and Memoranda 1933 (Invergordon Mutiny)


ADM 178 (Naval Courts Martial Cases, Boards of Inquiry Reports, and Other Papers)

ADM 178/40 – Desertion of A Cannon AB of H.M.S. Hood and subsequent impersonation by AV Culley
ADM 178/64 – Question of enforcement of second affiliation order in favour of different mother: Stoker WJ Davies H.M.S. Hood
ADM 178/75 – Consideration of appointment as Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet of Admiral Tomkinson or Admiral Tyrwitt following Invergordon Mutiny
ADM 178/79 – Mutiny in the Atlantic Fleet at Invergordon – memoranda by Board members regarding
ADM 178/82 – Petty Officers reverted for unsuitability: question of later re-advancement. FW Cobb H.M.S. Hood
ADM 178/110 – Invergordon Mutiny Narrative of events by RADM Tomkinson, Senior Officer Atlantic Fleet
ADM 178/113 – Invergordon Mutiny – men discharged
ADM 178/129 – Invergordon Mutiny reports
ADM 178/171 – The Mutiny at Invergordon by LtCdr Edwards RN retired: Protests from various naval officers.


ADM 186 (Admiralty Publications)

ADM 186/249 – 15" Mark II mountings, H.M.S. Hood, handbook
ADM 186/253 – Handbook for Naval Range-Finders and Mountings (1921)
ADM 186/254 – Handbook for Naval Range-Finders and Mountings: Plates (1921)
ADM 186/255 – Manual for power-worked Mountings (1921)
ADM 186/256 – Manual for power-worked Mountings: Plates (1921)
ADM 186/260 – Fire Control Pocket Book, 1920 (1923)
ADM 186/262 – Handbook of Vickers 40 mm quick-firing 2-pdr Pom-Pom Mark II* (1924)
ADM 186/281 – Tables showing particulars in regard to Naval Ordnance (1927)
ADM 186/291 – Director Firing Gear (1929)
ADM 186/302 – Instructions for the Maintenance of Naval Ordnance & Gun Mountings (1930)
ADM 186/316 – Pamphlet on the Director for the 2 pdr "M" Mark V Pom-Pom (1932)
ADM 186/331 – Turret Gun Drill for 15" Mark I Guns on Twin Marks I & II Mountings (1935)
ADM 186/332 – Drill for 2 pdr quick-firing Mark II* Pom-Pom Guns on high angle Mark II Mountings (1935)
ADM 186/345 – Handbook of the Admiralty Fire Control Table Mark V (1937)
ADM 186/784 – Fleet Signal Book (1934)
ADM 186/785 – Fleet Signal Book: Appendix (1934)
ADM 186/787 – Signalling instructions 1934
ADM 186/797 – Operations against French Fleet at Mers-el-Kebir, 3–6 Jul 1940


ADM 199 (War History Cases & Papers)

ADM 199/1187 – Pursuit and destruction of German Battleship Bismarck
ADM 199/1188 – Pursuit and destruction of German Battleship Bismarck


ADM 202 (Royal Marines War Diaries)

ADM 202/422 – Operation "Primrose" Operations by Royal Marines in Norway, 1940


ADM 205 (First Sea Lord's Papers)

ADM 205/4 – Minutes of First Lord's meetings: possibly containing information on the battle of Oran
ADM 205/12 – The papers of Admiral Sir Frederick C Dreyer (retired) Inspector of Merchant Navy gunnery and advisor on small ships (RN) gunnery


ADM 212 (Rangefinder Correspondence and Papers)

ADM 212/69 – Correspondence and notes regarding a backlaying periscope for H.M.S. Hood (1927–33)


ADM 220 (Admiralty Surface Weapons Establishment and predecessors: RADAR Records)

ADM 220/76 – Reports of performance in H.M.S. Hood and other vessels of Type 279M radar (1941)
ADM 220/1542 – The electrical characteristics of aerial outfit ASF (radar type 284 M3/4)


ADM 226 (Admiralty Experiment Works: Reports)

ADM 226/23 – H.M.S. Hood analysis of results of speed trials
ADM 226/24 – H.M.S. Hood: results of shallow water trials
ADM 226/39 – H.M.S. Hood: suction effect on sea bed


ADM 229 (Department of the Director of Naval Construction: Directors' Papers)

ADM 229/20 – DNC's Reports (concerning proposed reconstruction of Hood and other vessels) (1938–1939)


ADM 230 (Private and Private Office Papers Between Sir Bolton Eyres-Monsell and Sir Roger Keyes)

ADM 230/1 – Correspondence with Sir Roger Keyes GCB following the Invergordon Mutiny


ADM 234 (Navy Reference Books)

ADM234/317 – Operations against French Fleet at Mers-el-Kebir, 3–6 Jul 1940
ADM 234/321 – No. 5 Chase and Sinking of German Battleship Bismarck 23–27 May 1941
ADM 234/322 – No. 5 Chase and Sinking of German Battleship Bismarck 23–27 May 1941
ADM 234/509 – Sinking of the Bismarck 27 May 1941: Official Dispatches
ADM 234/510 – Sinking of the Bismarck 27 May 1941: Plans


ADM 267 (Damage Reports and Files, Torpedoes and Mines)

ADM 267/64 – Hood: Board of enquiry into loss
ADM 267/111 – Damage Reports (Hood and other ships. Also includes damage received by Prince of Wales during the operations against "Bismarck")
ADM 267/137 – Notes on sinking of the German Battleship "Bismarck"


ADM 275 (Navy Reference Books, OU Series)

ADM 275/9 – Naval magazine & explosives regulations and naval cordite regulations, 01 Jan–31 Dec 1935
ADM 275/10 – Handbook of Gunnery Organisation, 01 Jan–31 Dec 1941
ADM 275/11 – Handbook on ammunition, 1935 Jan 01–1935 Dec 31
ADM 275/21 – Handbook of 21 inch Mk X* and XX* torpedoes, Jan 01–31 Dec 1939


AIR Series (Air Ministry)

AIR 15/204 – Bismarck: Reports on sinking
AIR 15/415 – Bismarck: Reports on sinking (includes report from Sunderland aircraft of Hood's loss)


AVIA Series (Ministry of Aviation)

AVIA 6/9459 – Unrotated projectiles 7": tests (1940)
AVIA 7/3461 – Transmitter type 284 for long-range detection of surface vessels: Dover liaison with Signal School


CAFO (Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders)
Held at Royal Navy Library, Portsmouth

1940 - CAFO 437  – Helmets for Protection From Blast – REPORTS
1940 - CAFO 534  – Trolleys, Pattern 46, with Chocks for Transport of Bombs
1940 - CAFO 2201  – 21-in. Fixed A.W. Torpedo Tubes – Modification
1940 - CAFO 2205  – Filtration Units – Containers in – Inspection Scheme
1941 - CAFO 67  – Ammunition – Q.F., 4-in., Mark V and XVI–Ready-use Lockers–Modifications
1941 - CAFO 112  – Rangefinder Range Receivers
1941 - CAFO 339  – D.G. Equipment – Adjustment of "M" Coil with Change of Latitude
1941 - CAFO 389  – Casualties – Notification to Next-of-kin of ex-French Ratings
1941 - CAFO 448  – Fuzes, No. 401, Mark II, in lieu of Fuzes, No. 206 – Issue
1941 - CAFO 494  – Guns – B.L., 6-in., Mark XXIII ; Q.F., 4.5-in., Mark III, and Q.F., 4-in., Mark XVI – Endorsement of Muzzle Velocities on Memoranda of Inspection
1941 - CAFO 501  – Nomenclature of Armaments (Capital Ships & Aircraft Carriers.)
1941 - CAFO 509  – W/T – Types 79, 79Y, 271, 279, 280, 281, 282,284, 285, 286, 289 and 290–Allocation to Ships


DSIR Series (Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Reports and Papers)

DSIR 23/1463 – Screening of bridge of H.M.S. Hood from wind: experiments (1920)