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HMS Irresistible.   Royal Naval battleship of the Formidable Class.  The first vessel to be sent to Gibraltar as a guardship was the Devastation, but her place was to be taken by Irresistible, one of the London class battleships, in 1902. She was an exceedingly powerful vessel, and the Commander-in-Chief in the Mediterranean would not allow her to remain at the Rock in idleness, but utilised her as an addition to his squadron. The picture shows the Irresistible leaving Portsmouth Harbour, and allows a contrast between her look of stern fighting power with the old time veterans the St Vincent and the Victory and a smart little brig the Martin.

Armament: four 12inch guns, twelve 6 inch guns, sixteen 12 pdr guns, two 12 pdr guns, six 3 pdr guns, 2 maxims and four torpedo tubes.    Displacement: 15,000 tons.   Speed: 18 knots.    Complement: 780 (flagship 810).

HMS Irresistible sinking in Kephtx Bay after striking a mine on 18th March 1915. Photograph taken by Frederick Willis on board HMS Lord Nelson. Sent in by Margaret Roper

HMS Irresisitble c.1908.   

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HMS Irresistible, 1902.

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The Irresistible Leaving Portsmouth on her way to Gibraltar 1902

Crew members of HMS Irresistible.

Photo contributed by Sheila Prince, whose partner's grandfather Edward Langley is in the photo.  He is in the second row, second from the right.  He joined the navy on 21st July 1914 and served for 12 years, surviving the sinking of HMS Irresistible.

Crew of HMS Irresistible c.1906.

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Crew members of HMS Irresistible.

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HMS Irresistible.  Sister ships of the Formidable Class.

HMS FORMIDABLE 17TH NOVEMBER 1898 TORPEDOED 1ST JANUARY 1915
HMS IMPLACABLE 3RD MARCH  1899 SOLD FOR B/U 8TH NOVEMBER 1921
 

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WILLIAM BURROWS.. I had an uncle of who was a stoker (i think) on the above battle cruiser.  He was one William Burrows.  He died when the ship was torpedoed - he apparently had gone back to save the cat!!  I do have a photo of this young man.   Can you advise if you have crew lists for this ship and if so check and see if his name is on it.   His parents were Emma (nee crebeau) and William Burrows.  If you do have his name perhaps we could exchange a copy of the photo for his crew information.  look forward to hearing from you.  Diane    email here

HORACE HEPPENDSTALL  (Born Birmingham 29th/11/1870) My Grandfather served on either HMS Irresistible or HMS ocean, both of which were sunk in the Dardanelle's in 1915. He survived and returned to his family in Hull. I am hoping somebody will have information on these ships and their crews. hopefully on Horace Heppenstall. If you can help please contact Stephen Stubbs at email here 

 

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