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Battleship histories. Royal naval battleship HMS Indefatigable. Battleship website dedicated to the history of HMS Indefatigable from its launch to its participation in major wars. Also a notice board for families of ex-crew of HMS Indefatigable.

A HMS Indefatigable took part in the pursuit of Goeben in the Mediterranean in 1914. HMS Indefatigable fought at the Battle of Jutland  where she was hit by shells from Von Der Tann and sank so quickly that only 2 crew could be rescued.  

Displacement: 19,100    Speed: 25.8 knots   Compliment: 820 increasing to 850 in wartime.

Armament: Eight 12-inch guns in pairs and sixteen 4 -inch guns.  One or two 3 inch anti aircraft guns in 1915/16 and from 1917 one 4 inch Anti Aircraft Gun.

HMS INDEFATIGABLE 28TH OCTOBER 1909 SUNK 31ST MAY 1916.
 

HMS Indefatigable was commissioned in February 1911 and joined the 1st Cruiser squadron (renamed in 1913 as the 1st Battle Cruiser Squadron. HMS Indefatigable joined the 2nd battle Cruisers squadron in the Mediterranean and at the outbreak of world war one in August took part in the pursuit of Goeben and Breslau and also bombarded Cape Helles. She became the Flagship of Admiral Carden in November 1914 until January 1915/ After a refit at Malta she joined the Grand Fleet as part of the 2nds battle Cruiser Squadron and was sunk at Jutland by 11 inch shell fire from Van Der Tann. Official reports state she was hit by two shells in the X magazine causing her stagger out of formation sinking by the stern this was followed by another hit on the foredeck causing a much more larger  explosion which destroyed her.

HMS Indefatigable.

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HMS Indefatigable.

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HMS Indefatigable sent in by Chris Light

The card was posted from Rathnullen on Nov.20th 1911. The message on the back of the postcard is addressed to Master P.Hooper of 1 Bearton Road, Hitchin, Herts.

HMS Indefatigable

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HMS Indefatigable c.1911

HMS Indefatigable.

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HMS Indefatigable.

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HMS Indefatigable.

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HMS Indefatigable - Sister ships of the Indefatigable Class

HMS AUSTRALIA (RAN) 25TH OCTOBER 1911 SCUTTLED 12TH APRIL 1924.
HMS (RNZN) NEW ZEALAND 1ST JULY 1911 SOLD FOR SCRAP 19TH DECEMBER 1922.
 

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JAMES MUNRO..  Ordinary Seaman James Munro, age 18, son of Thomas and Mary A Munro of Stirling, Scotland was lost with Indefatigable and all but two of her crew at Jutland in 1916.  He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in the Memorial chapel at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Dumbarton Road, Stirling.  contact here 

      

Please find attached photos of a codd patent soft drink bottle which I think was issued to the HMS Indefatigable when she was being fitted out in Malta in 1915.  I dived the bottle at a picnic area in Sydney where the troops from the Ist World War came for repatriation and rest.  As far as I know these bottle have been found nowhere else in Australia.  Could you advise me if you have seen these in UK?   Terry Russo      terus2@optusnet.com.au

 

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