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Bellona Class, The New Improved Dido Class Cruiser. History of  Royal Navy cruisers. Royal Navy cruiser website dedicated to the Bellona Class. HMS Bellona, HMS Black Prince, HMS Diadem, HMS Royalist, HMS Spartan including crew and families of ex-crew members notice board for the Bellona Class (New Improved Dido Class)  cruisers.

Specifications for HMS Bellona, HMS Black Prince, HMS Diadem, HMS Royalist and HMS Spartan

The Bellona Class was similar to the Dido Class.

 

Displacement: 5,950 tons   Speed: 32kts    Complement: 530

Armament: Eight 5.25 inch guns in pairs.   Twelve 2pdr pompom guns in fours as well as six 21 inch torpedo tubes.

HMS Spartan was hit by a bomb which caused sufficient damage to sink her in under two hours.

HMS Bellona was lent to New Zealand after world war two as were HMS Black Prince and HMS Royalist. HMS Diadem went to the Pakistani navy and was renamed Babur.

HMS Bellona 29th September 1942 Broken up 1959.
HMS Black Prince 27th August 1942 Broken up 1962.
HMS Diadem 26th August 1942 Sold to Pakistan 1956.
HMS Royalist 30th May 1942 Broken up 1968.
HMS Spartan 27th August 1942 Sunk 29th January 1944.

HMS Bellona

HMS Bellona as completed in 1944 with a 2pdr AA gun instead of the turret and twelve 20mm AA guns in pairs fore, amidships and aft.

HMS Bellona, 1946.

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The photos in this section were submitted to our forum by user tim lewin on the thread entitled HMS Bellona.  Click here to go to the forum home page

 

HMS Bellona, June 1945.

From the collection of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin.  Supplied by his son Mr Tim Lewin.

HMS Bellona.

From the collection of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin.  Supplied by his son Mr Tim Lewin.

 

HMS Bellona.

From the collection of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin.  Supplied by his son Mr Tim Lewin.

HMS Diadem

HMS Diadem, November 1948.

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HMS Diadem, November 1948.

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HMS Diadem, May 1949.

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HMS Diadem.

Image courtesy of Carl Proctor

HMS Diadem with submarine Tantalus alongside.  (Possibly Hong Kong). 

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HMS Royalist

HMS Royalist, 1965.

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HMS Royalist, 1965.

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HMS Royalist entering Grand Harbour Malta, 14th January 1946. 

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HMS SPARTAN

KENNETH WILSON HODCROFT..  My grandfather served on the HMS Spartan in 1944 and was aboard when it sunk. He survived, his name was Kenneth Wilson Hodcroft, and he was an engineer who worked in the boiler room. He tried to rescue his best friend 'Dutchy' in the engine room but had to leave him behind. We're looking for any information from anyone else who was onboard Spartan when she sunk.Thanks  Emma Hodcroft (granddaughter of Kenneth Wilson Hodcroft)  Ken Hodcroft (son of Kenneth Wilson Hodcroft)   EMAIL HERE

HMS BELLONA

WILLIAM BEACH TURNER.. My father served on the Russian Convoy in 1944 - 1945.  His name was William Beach Turner, he recently died and I would like to hear from anyone who possibly knew him.  It would be an honour to find out as much as I can about his past history.  Please help if you can.  Contact here 

REG ROPER.. My dad served as a marine on Bellona and was a bandsman when not carrying out other duties. I have a precious personal and quite detailed diary that my father kept of the Normandy operation and I know that the Bellona, supported by destroyers including the famous Ashanti, engaged and sank a German convoy on 5th-6th August 1944 off St Nazaire.I would like to get more information of some of the other theatres she was involved in. E-mail me at email here 

ROY (JACK) GREGORY.. My dad served on HMS Bellona as a marine in the Russian convoys of WW2. I would love to hear from anyone who knew him. I also have photos of the ship. Contact Robert Gregory at gregval@vgregory.fsnet.co.uk 

ROBERT (BOB) LESLIE.. My father was a stoker on HMS Bellona on Russian Convoys in WWII. I would like to hear from any ex crew of HMS Bellona and of course anyone who knew my father. Contact Bob Leslie at bob.leslie@centurfax.co.uk 

RONALD HEALEY.. My father in law served on HMS Bellona from 1942 - 1945. I am trying to get as much information and photos of the ship and its crew as possible. If anyone can help contact Steve Thomas at Steve.thomas12@ntlworld.com 

WILLIAM LAPHAM:  My father serve don HMS Bellona during WW2, I am looking for anyone who knew him and any crew photo's. I am happy to pay for any costs for copies of photos, Please contact a grateful David Stewart at dave840@hotmail.com 

HMS DIADEM

HAROLD COOPER.. I am looking for information on Harold Cooper who served on HMS Diadem during WWII. He won a bravery medal to which there was an article written in the London Gazette on the 14th November 1944, he never told his daughter what the medal was for and she would like to know. Contact us at dave@hough.fsnet.co.uk 

LEONARD FREDERICK PATERNOSTER: My Grandfather served on HMS Diadem during WW2. He was a scribe in the payroll office. and was on board when the ship sailed to Copenhagen in May1945 and then travelled up the Norwegian Fjords after that assignment. Soon after he was transferred to the Formidable and went to the Orient. he would love to hear form any old shipmates who served at that time on HMS Diadem. He can be contacted at digby@ukprofessionals.com 

CAN YOU HELP: Looking for photographs of HMS Diadem with her Officers duty boat and tender FMB43957 during 1944. we are restoring this FMB. if you can help please contact Jo-Anne Sanders at welcome@bmpt.co.uk 

HMS ROYALIST

ERIC HARRISON.. My father served on HMS Royalist as a stoker/leading stoker until his demobilisation in 1946. I wonder if anyone has any information about HMS Royalist and her crew during the period 1943-46 that I could add to my collection. Contact me at Chris.Harrison@co.umist.ac.uk 

GEORGE MUNRO.. Information required regarding leading stores assistant George Munro. Mess 45. We believe he may have served until 1945 and may well hold the DSM, Burma and Atlantic Star. Any information please contact me at lindsaymac@tiscali.co.uk 

DAVE WILSON:  I served on HMS Royalist as a telegraphist up to the return to the UK from the Far East in early 1946. A pal of mine was Peter Hide. I would love to hear form anyone who knew me. contact Dave at davidwilson979@hotmail.com 

FRED ROY WASS... My Grandfather served on HMS Royalist from May 1944 and served until 1946. I believe he worked as a radar plotter but am not entirely sure. I am looking for any information on the ship or ships company especially anyone who may have known him. Contact me Fiona Millington-Pipe at Fionamp@aol.com 

 

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