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Aircraft Carrier histories. Royal Navy aircraft carriers of the Courageous Class. Aircraft carrier history of HMS Glorious from its launch to its participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of the carrier HMS Glorious.

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HMS Glorious started life as a light battle-cruiser. Laid down on the 1st May 1915 at the Harland and Wolff shipyards. She was launched on the 20th April 1916 and completed on the 14th October 1916.  This Battle Cruiser only saw one action during world war one at Heligoland bight on the 17th November 1917. It was then that a weakness to the ships decking was found when HMS Glorious had fired its main armament of four 15-inch guns (mounted in pairs ) one pair forward and pair aft.  The firing actually caused the structural damage. Probably due to this weakness HMS Glorious and her sister ship HMS Courageous were placed in the Royal naval reserve fleet in February 1919, at Devonport, Plymouth

HMS Glorious at Malta 1920s 

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HMS Glorious and her sister ship HMS Courageous  were converted into aircraft carriers. HMS Glorious was converted in 1930.  An interesting fact, was that there main armament of 15inch guns were stored and finally re used for the last battleship of the Royal Navy, HMS Vanguard,  HMS Glorious four 15-inch guns were mounted aft, and Courageous guns mounted forward on HMS Vanguard.

HMS Glorious, 1917.

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HMS Glorious, 1919.

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HMS Glorious, May 1937.

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HMS Glorious Circa 1930 

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HMS Glorious

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The crew of HMS Glorious - picture supplied by Mr Colbeck.

HMS Glorious.

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Eric Alfred Hermans of HMS Glorious, lost on 9th June 1940 with the ship. (see message board).

The memorial in Morden, Dorset, to the parishes war dead, including the Captain of HMS Glorious, Captain Guy D'Oyly Hughes. Contributed by Vernon M.

 

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FRANK ROEBUCK..  I would love any information about my grandfather who was a 1st class stoker on the HMS Glorious.  His name is Frank Roebuck.  If anyone knows of any little tidbit or anything about him I would love to hear about him.  My dad was eight years old when his father died, and even though it was so long ago I think that it still has a big impact on him now even at age 73.  As for myself I would love to learn anything about my grandfather.  Contact Here 

LDG AIRMAN JOSEPH HOULDSWORTH.. I am desperate for info of the above, I have see a small snippet on another site but this has stopped.  Contact Here 

ERIC ALFRED HERMANS..  My second cousing Able Seaman Eric Alfred Hermans. aged 19 years, served on the Glorious.  He was the son of William and Maud Hermans, who lived in North London.  If anyone can tell me if he actually went down with the ship or died later of his injuries or give me any other information I would be very grateful.  I would also like to hear any information anyone may have regarding his family, we unfortunately have lost contact.  Contact Here 

LAWRENCE HAINES..  My uncle Lawrence served as a cook on HMS Glorious, and was lost when the ship was sunk.  If anyone can give me any details about him, please Contact here 

R.B. BLAKELY..  I have a medal from HMS Glorious with the name R.B. Blakely on it.  It is dated 1932 Stokers Cutters.  If anyone knows this name or who I am able to contact to return this please contact me.  P.S. I live in Australia.  Contact here 

ROBERT JOHNSTON..  My uncle Robert Johnston was 19 when he was lost on the Glorious.  if anyone has information or relatives who knew him I would like to hear from them.  Contact here 

RICHARD "TAFFY" JONES..  My grandfather, Richard "Taffy" (NMN) Jones, Tonnypandy/Clydach Vale Wales, served as an aircraft mechanic in the 823 squadron (Swordfish) on the HMS Glorious.  Due to being transferred just prior to her sinking, he is alive and well today.  I am attempting to find any old shipmates for him.  Any information you might be able to provide will be greatly appreciated.  Contact Here 

GEORGE REDMAYNE.   My great uncle was killed during the sinking of HMS Glorious. Looking for any info and also a crew list of Glorious. if anyone can help please email me at rprfryer@hotmail.com 

JIM NEWLAN.. I am looking for family members of a Jim Newlan.  He died on the HMS Glorious when it sank.  He was engaged to my grandmother, Marjorie Rabbits, and she never forgot him and we still have the engagement ring. Contact Here

DENIS A. RUSSELL..  My mother, Josephine Russell, is seeking any information regarding her brother Denis A. Russell, Stoker 2nd Class on HMS Glorious, who died aged 20 on his maiden voyage.  My Uncle Denis, the eldest of eleven children, was born in Cork City,Eire. Any copies of crew photographs or snippets of information would be treasured by my mum and family. Thank you.    seanoflaherty@hotmail.com 

My grandfather served on HMS Glorious and was lost when the ship was sunk. I am looking for any crew list of casualties and info on any survivors and if possible any photographs of the crew at this time/ please contact Janice Parry at sion@parry1973.freeserve.co.uk

BURT OVERAL... My grandfather, Burt Overal was a TAG aboard one of HMS Glorious' Swordfish.  He and the pilot, Lt Gerry Vardon, were killed off of Alexandria in 1937 when their aircraft was involved in a training accident.  After their death a trophy - the vardon trophy - was commisioned in their memory.  Does anybody have any information, memories about my grandfather, Lt Vardon or the Vardon Trophy. Jayne.Overal@byopenworld.com

JAMES GIBB..  I am trying to find any information about my Uncle James GIBB who I believe was aboard HMS Glorious when she was sunk.  I have been unable to locate a crew list.  Any information that you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Heather Lewis    STL01@bigpond.com

WILLIAM (BILL) STRONG... I am trying to find out any information, on behalf of my elderly parents, on William (Bill) Strong, who lost his life when the Glorious was sunk. He was a childhood friend of both my parents. Anyone with any information please contact me at jeremygay@eurobell.co.uk

FREDERICK WILLIAM APPS..  Frederick William Owen Apps - able seaman Is there anyone who knew my uncle - he died aboard the H.M.S. Glorius. Would appreciate any information about him. Thanks. Please contact me at: julia.dallaire@sympatico.ca     My uncle Frederick, died aboard the HMS Glorious during WW2 on June 8th 1940. His sister would love to hear from anyone who knew him. Contact us at midnight_ca20012002@yahoo.ca 

JOSEPH WILLIAM LUCAS.. My father was Chief Petty Officer, Supply Branch on HMS Glorious. I know he was a friend of a survivor named George Binmore. Does anyone remember, or know anything about my father? Contact me at brlucas@optusnet.com.au (posted 19/05/03)

REGINALD HOBBS.. My uncle, Reg, died while serving on Glorious in 1940. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers him. Contact me at barbara.dalton@ukonline.co.uk (posted 19/05/03)

FREDERICK LEES YOUNG.. My grandfather, Frederick, was lost at sea in 1940 after the attack on the Glorious. I am anxious to find any photographs of my grandfather since none survive in the family. If you can help contact me at harry@arkle.org (posted 19/05/03)

PATRICK MURPHY.. My uncle, Patrick P. Murphy (pictured left), was only 19 when he died serving on board the HMS Glorious. My grandmother was without any information at all about my uncle until she was contacted that he was dead. I would be delighted to hear from anyone who knows anything about him. Contact me at DanDMurphy@aol.com 

JOHN MURRAY.. I am looking for information on my uncle John who was a leading stoker/engineer on Glorious. He went down with the ship. Contact me at aileen.o@virgin.net 

RONALD GEORGE DOWLE.. My father survived the sinking of Glorious and would love to have contact with the other 38 survivors. He was an able seaman at the time. Would like to contact author John Winton. Email me at affordablemoving@optusnet.com 

JOHN ALEXANDER DUFFY (Air mechanic)  later to become a Chief Petty Officer. My father survived the sinking of HMS Glorious and is referred to on page 196 of John Winton's book "Carrier Glorious" anyone who remembers him or may have crew photos. I would love to hear form you. My Father sadly died in April 1967.  Contact MMDUFFY@aol.com 

COLMAN:  My grandfather served on HMS Glorious and was lost when the ship was sunk. I am looking for nay crew list of casualties and info on any survivors and if possible any photographs of the crew at this time/ please contact Diane Coleman at Di.Bazi@colemancastle.freeserve.co.uk 

C POLIDANO... We are trying to trace a relative who was on HMS Glorious. My husband's Uncle was on the HMS Glorious when it sank off the coast of Norway during WW II. He worked as a steward and he came from Malta. His name was C Polidano and he was only 17 years old. I wonder if anybody knew him, if you have any information contact me at CarmenM@cambsfire.gov.uk  

WILLIAM E.G. TAYLOR... I am researching an American Lt William E G Taylor RNVR who flew from HMS Glorious in the Norwegian Campaign but was not on board when the ship was lost. I would like to know what squadron he flew with and if anyone remembers him. He later bcame the first American Commanding Officer of 71 (Eagle Squadron RAF). Contact Chalky at chalkywhite@britishlibrary.net 

GEORGE EDDIE VARLEY...  My Grandfather, a Petty Officer, was killed on HMS Glorious. I would like to hear from anyone who knew him or even his daughter (my mother). My mother never saw him as he died just after her birth. Contact C Redman at l.c.redman@bushinternet.com 

Can anyone help? I am trying to find a list of crew of HMS Glorious who were on board when she sank. I particularly want to find out how many men were from Pembrokshire. I know of Gwilym Jones, J James and W E Williams. If you can help contact Rob Morris at rob.treffynnon@btinternet.com 

SERGEANT TOM BENTLEY Royal Marines. My Father was on HMS Galatea from end of 1937 to the end of 1939 when he was transferred to Bigni Hospital when discharged. he joined HMS Glorious which he was to lose his life when she was sunk in 1940. What I was hoping is that there is someone who may have known him. I was only a little girl but we can remember him with much affection. please contact Barbara at GJackDusty@aol.com 

STANLEY WILLIAM EAVES:  My mother's brother served on HMS Glorious but did not survive the sinking. If anybody knew my uncle, I would love to hear from them as I always wondered what he was like. Contact Arnie Whitehead at Arnie2912@aol.com 

GLANVILLE MORRISON 'TAFF': My father was on Glorious but did not make the final trip as he was posted 3 days before for training. His name was Glanville Morris, he was a Chief Petty Officer. Anyone knowing him please contact me Glanda Baird at glandab@waitrose.com 

J W "JACK" ETCHELLS.  Able Seaman. Was 19 when he was killed on HMS Glorious when it was sunk. I would like to find a definitive crew list of HMS Glorious. and if possible purchase a copy of the channel four video.  If you can help please contact me. J Bond at flresearch@yahoo.com 

JOSEPH MAHER:  My Uncle was 25 years old when he was lost then HMS Glorious was sunk. he was born in Liverpool/ if anyone remembers him please contact Mrs T Colbeck at Colbeck6@aol.com 

KENNETH BROMPTON .. My uncle Kenneth Brompton died aboard HMS Glorious in 1940 but I have been unable to find any record of his death amongst the archives I've researched. Is there a definitive list of casualties.?  I would love to hear from anybody who knew him, also I would appreciate seeing / purchasing / or borrowing a channel four program "The lost of the Glorious.  If you can help in anyway please contact me. Ralph Brompton  at te-brompton@loucoll.ac.uk 

MIKE FJORTOFT: My grandfather was captain of the ship that picked up survivors after the sinking (Borgund). Does anyone remember anything about him, or the event. I never met him as he was killed later in the war while transporting fish from Iceland to Scotland. if you can help contact Mile Fjortoft. at Mike.l.fjortoft@britishairways.com