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HMS IRON DUKE

HMS Iron Duke was built at Cammell Laird in Portsmouth and Launched on the 12th October 1912. 

After 1931 she became a Gunnery Training Ship and Base Ship for the Home Fleet between 1939 and 1945. She was scrapped at Faslane in Scotland 19th August 1946.

Compliment 589. Armament 6 13.5 inch Guns (3 x 2 ) and 12 6-inch Guns . Machinery 4-shaft Turbines, S.H.P 31,000 giving a top speed of 21.25 knots this was reduced to 18 knots with mutilated boiler power. . Displacement 21,250 tons.

HMS Iron Duke - Name History

The second “IRON DUKE” is a 24-gun turbine battleship lain down and launched at Portsmouth in 1912.  She is of 25,000 tons, 29,000 horse-power, and 22 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 574ft., 90ft., and 28ft.

HMS Iron Duke was built at Cammell Laird in Portsmouth and Launched on the 12th October 1912. 

After 1931 she became a Gunnery Training Ship and Base Ship for the Home Fleet between 1939 and 1945. She was scrapped at Faslane in Scotland 19th August 1946.

Compliment 589. Armament 6 13.5 inch Guns (3 x 2 ) and 12 6-inch Guns . Machinery 4-shaft Turbines, S.H.P 31,000 giving a top speed of 21.25 knots this was reduced to 18 knots with mutilated boiler power. . Displacement 21,250 tons.

HMS Iron Duke, 1914.

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HMS Iron Duke with HMS Emperor of India and HMS Benbow.

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HMS Iron Duke, c.1935.

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HMS Iron Duke, c.1935.

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HMS Iron Duke, c,1935.

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HMS Iron Duke, c.1935.

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HMS Iron Duke, c.1935.

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HMS Iron Duke, July 1935.

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HMS Iron Duke, May 1937.

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HMS Iron Duke when she was flagship.

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Admiral Sir John Jellicoe on the forward bridge of his Flagship HMS Iron Duke in 1915.

HMS Iron Duke's forward guns.

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A view of the guns of HMS Iron Duke. 

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A photograph of one of the Iron Duke Class battleships in 1912.

A view from above of HMS Iron Duke.

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Officers of HMS Iron Duke  Christmas 1923 at Malta

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Crew of HMS Iron Duke Fire Salute at parade in Malta 1923.

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HMS Marlborough  (left) and HMS Iron Duke (right)

HMS Iron Duke when she was the flag ship of the Grand Fleet flying the Admiral's flag (Admiral Sir John Jellicoe), and HMS Marlborough when she was the flagship of the First Battle Squadron, flying Vice-Admiral Sir Lewis Bayly's flag.

HMS Iron Duke.  Photo published 1915.

HMS Iron Duke  photographed 1920 

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HMS Iron Duke. photo sent in by George Williams

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HMS Iron Duke

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HMS Iron Duke

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HMS Iron Duke

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HMS Iron Duke.

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George Miles Rowland - HMS Iron Duke.

Born 20th May 1892 at Haywards Heath, Sussex.  Served during World War One.

Contributed by Jennifer Myers, whose great uncle this is.

Crew member of HMS Iron Duke.

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HMS Iron Duke.

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HMS Iron Duke.  Pictured on this image are Nelson and Jellicoe.

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HMS Iron Duke.

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HMS Iron Duke.

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Crew of HMS Iron Duke, Malta, 1922.

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The two photos below were sent in by S F Stanley, and show his grandfather, Alexander Hutchison in naval uniform.  In the photo on the left, he is on the left of the front row, and in the photo on the right, he is the right of the two.  In the larger group photo, the cap band is HMS Iron Duke, but in the other photo, the cap band is of P11.

Alexander Hutchison (bottom left) with other crew members of HMS Iron Duke

Alexander Hutchison (right) with crew mate of P.11

HMS Iron Duke - Sister ships of the Iron Duke Class

HMS MARLBOROUGH 24TH OCTOBER 1912 SOLD FOR SCRAP 27TH JUNE 1932
HMS BENBOW 12TH NOVEMBER 1913 SOLD FOR SCRAP in march 1931.
HMS EMPEROR OF INDIA 27TH NOVEMBER 1913 sunk as a target ship 1st september 1931.
 

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BOWDEN......    Looking for info on my great great grandfather who was the Captain of HMS Iron Duke during WWI,  Captain Bowden.  If anyone has any info on him please contact Lara Bowden at ofwhatever@hotmail.com 

THOMAS BISHOP.. I am told my grandfather joined the navy in 1914 and may have served at Jutland on HMS Iron Duke. At some point during his service he was awarded a medal by Russia. Can anyone give me more information? Contact Dave at davidglyn.parker@ntlworld.com 

SAMUEL ARTHUR.. I would like to confirm the presence in 1915 of Samuel Arthur on board HMS Iron Duke. Does anyone know where there might be a list of those on this ship? contact sajohns@hotmail.com 

I am looking for a crew list for HMS Iron Duke at the time of Jutland. If anyone can help, I am trying to confirm if my great grandfather served on her. Contact Bill Mitchell at Char6626@aol.com

JOHN WOODHEAD: My uncle served on HMS Iron Duke during WW1. I am looking for a ships crew list of this time, if anyone can help please contact. Sahaun  at shaun_camponi@yahoo.co.uk 

HMS Iron Duke was hit in Scapa Flow on the 17th October 1939 by German Aerial bombing. Has it ever been established if the German aircraft were Heinkel's or Junker 88's. How many aircraft and also how many hits, two or three?   Which part of Scapa Flow was HMS Iron Duke berthed at during its stay in the Orkneys and what was the exact death toll and amount of survivors.  if you can help me.  Email me.  Steve Borg (in Malta)  steveborg@global.net.mt 

WALTER KERR BURNS:  I have my deceased father’s WWII service record on my lap. He served on the Iron Duke 11th Feb ’39 to 30th Aug ’39. He told me that the British Navy claimed that the Iron Duke could not be sunk by aerial attack as she could absorb the damage with her thick deck. On the occasion of the attack my father was told to man a water valve and if the order was passed to him, he was to open it. He sat alone at his post. He heard two thumps. He remained at his post. A considerable time later someone came down and was surprised to find him. He was asked what he was doing and replied accordingly. He was ordered, “Come with me.” He was taken up and onto the deck of the ship. He was surprised that the ship had assumed a considerable list. She was being pushed by tugs into very shallow water. Two low flying light bombers had come at her and dropped their bombs early so that they would hit below the waterline. They detonated under her hull. Damage was considerable. My father’s final comment was a wry smile and the claim, “She was not sunk.”My father’s name was Walter Kerr Burns, Official No. KX.94924. He rose to the rank of Chief Petty Officer as he was an artificer.  Regards,  Noel Walter Burns.