-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
Biography of Vice-Admiral Harold Owen Reinold, C.V.O.
By Paul Bevand, MBE
Updated 06-May-2014

H.O. Reinold was the fourth captain of Hood. He commanded the ship from 1925 to 1927.

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Harold Owen ReinoldHarold Owen Reinold was born in 1877, the son of Professor AW Reinold C.B., and M.S. Owen. He was educated at St. Christopher's, Blackheath and the Royal Naval College.

He joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1891. Promotion to the rank of Lieutenant came in 1899.

During the early part of the First World War (1915 to 1916) he saw service as the Commanding Officer of H.M.S. Prince Rupert on the Belgian coast and was twice mentioned in dispatches. Towards the end of the war (1917 to 1918) he was appointed King's Harbour Master at Plymouth. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1917, the year which also saw his marriage to Frances Owen Fisher-Rowe. They had three sons and one daughter.

Immediately after the war he was posted to the Mediterranean as Captain of H.M.S. Ceres. During the period 1919 to 1921 he served in the Mediterranean and Black sea.

The period from 1922 to 1924 saw a return home and a draft to the Navigation School. This was followed by his period in command of H.M.S. Hood from 1925 to 1927. On leaving Hood came promotion to the rank of Rear-Admiral (1928). Rear-Admiral Reinold took up post at the Admiralty as Director of Naval Equipment - a position he held from 1930 to 1931.

Further promotion to the rank of Vice Admiral came in 1933, the year which saw him placed on the retired list. Admiral Reinold's final post was that of Admiral Superintendent, Devonport Dockyard which he held from 1931 to 1935.

Admiral Reinold died on 4th January, 1962.

Sources and References
Christopher Reinold-Sewell
Who Was Who
Navy Lists (courtesy of J.N. Houterman)
Times obituary 6/1/62