History of the Association | Activities of our Association | How to Join the H.M.S. Hood Association | Autographs, Photos & Memorabilia | "Slop Shop" (Ship's Store)
The H.M.S. Hood Association was established in 1975 by a group of several former Hood crew members, including two of the three survivors of her sinking. The Association has been going strong since that time. Our ranks are currently made up of the veteran sailors, their families, members of the bereaved families as well as enthusiasts interested in perpetuating the memory of the Mighty Hood and her crew. All members, regardless of veteran crew, families or enthusiasts, are considered full members.
The Association is administered by a body of twelve key elected members known as the Association Committee. Each member has fills an assigned role within the Committee (Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Memberships, Liaison, website/newsletter, crew data, etc. They meet on an as-needed basis and all Association activity is handled through them. Our patron is Lord Henry Hood, whose family are the namesakes of the ship. Our President is Rear Admiral Philip Wilcocks, whose uncle Eric Wilcocks was lost in the sinking of Hood. We also currently have three honourary Vice-Presidents.
Our members assemble each May for an Annual General Meeting (AGM) and reunion dinner. These are followed by our official memorial service at St Ann's Church, Portsmouth. Members usually also attend the public memorial service at the Church of St John the Baptist in Boldre, New Forest, Hampshire. In addition to occasional special appearances and functions, members of the Association also gather annually at the Southsea memorial in Portsmouth at 1100 hours on Remembrance Day, 11 November, to honour Hood's lost. You can learn more about our activities and events by viewing our online Association Archives.
Anyone may join. Though the majority of our members are either former crew or family members of crew, we welcome ALL - regardless of age, sex, nationality, etc. - who are truly serious about keeping the memory of the Mighty Hood and her crew alive. Although the vast majority of members live in the United Kingdom, we do have many members located in other countries literally around the world. Click on the link below to learn more about membership in the Association.
We receive many private requests for photos of Hood as well as for autographs and contact details of Hood crewmen. Please be advised that we do not sell photos of the ship or autographs. We also do not normally put people in touch with the veterans. So, if you want an autograph, you need to join the Association then come to one of our functions. The veterans are generally very happy to pose for a photo or give an autograph, but only at these events. Otherwise, we must ask everyone to respect their privacy at all other times. Of course, some professional compensated contacts are possible. Serious enquiries can be made via our website staff.
We do sell a variety of items via our "Slop Shop" (Ship's Store). This includes excellent clothing items. To learn more about this and to see our current stock, please visit the following link: