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History of HMS Kelly (F.01) and Notice Board for naval enthusiasts and ex Crew of HMS Kelly. This page has been set up so that naval enthusiasts of HMS Kelly can contact each other through this website. This website is not part of any governmental body or official website of HMS Kelly.

Displacement: 1690 tons as designed but actually was 2330 to 2380 tons during WW2. and later at deep load 2550 tons.  Speed: 36 knots. Compliment:  218.   Armament: Six 4.7-inch, 45 calibre QF MKX11 in pairs. plus Four 2 -pounder pompom, and ten 21-inch Torpedo Tubes in two sets of five

HMS Kelly (F.01) was built by Hawthorn Leslie and launched on the 25th October 1938.  This class of Destroyer was the first to be constructed longitudinally and were fitted with just two boilers. She was also one of three from the class to be fitted out as leaders.  Served in the Home Waters until 1940-41 when she went to the Mediterranean  HMS Kelly was sunk by German aircraft off Crete on the 23rd may 1941.

My ancestor Thomas William Bell Served on the H.M.S Kelly, and sadly died in 1941 when it was struck.    Claire Jewkes   Contact Here  


Joseph Micallef :  My grandfather Joseph Micallef served on the HMS Kelly and was the only Maltese survivor when she sank in the battle of Crete. Here are two photos (below) of his - one in uniform and another taken years later with Lord Mountbatten. My grandfather died in 1988 aged 81. Anna Caruana (Malta).   

Joseph Micallef, the only Maltese survivor of HMS Kelly after the Battle of Crete.  (see message above)

Joseph Micallef meets Lord Mountbatten.  (see message above)

HMS Kelly - Sister ships of the J and K Class

HMS Jackal   F22 25th October 1938 Sunk on 12th May 1942.
HMS Jaguar   F.34 22nd November 1938 Sunk on 26th March 1942.
HMS Janus   F.53 10th November 1938 Sunk on 23rd January 1944.
HMS Javelin    F,61 21st December 1938 Broken up 1949.
HMS Jersey    F.72 26th September 1938 Sunk on 21st May 1941.
HMS Jervis   F.00 9th September 1938 Broken up 1949.
HMS Juno    F.46 8th December 1938 Sunk 21st May 1941 by high altitude Italian bombers off Crete on May 21st 1941. The ship was sunk by Lt Morassuti flying a Cant Z.1007 Bomber of 50 Gruppo based on Scarpanto. (Information courtesy of William Woolmer).
HMS Jupiter   F.85 27th October 1938 Sunk 27th February 1942.
HMS Kandahar   F.28 21st March 1939 Sunk on 20th December 1941.
HMS Kashmir    F.12 4th April 1939 Sunk on 23rd May 1941.
HMS Kelly     F.01 25th October 1938 Sunk on 23rd May 1941.
HMS Kelvin   F.37 19th January 1939 Broken up 1949
HMS Khartoum   F.45 6th February 1939 Internal explosion 23rd June 1940.
HMS Kimberley    F.50 1st June 1939 Broken up 1949.
HMS Kingston    F.64 9th January 1939 Constructive loss 11th April 1942.
HMS Kipling   F.91 19th January 1939 Sunk 11th May 1942.

Naval Historians, Crew & Family Noticeboard

HMS Kelly, Message Board for naval enthusiasts and crew descendents of HMS Kelly. This website is not part of any governmental body or official websites of HMS Kelly.

Photographs and information on historical events about HMS Kelly requested for this new website. If you have any information you would like to send us including photographs of crew members serving on HMS Kelly and also photographs of the ship please USE OUR MESSAGE FORM 


R A ARLISS...  Family members would like to discover if Mr. R A Arliss shows up on the HMS Kelly survivor list from the Crete sinking.  any assistance would be greatly appreciated.  Any replies to please.

To all those people enquiring about relatives who may have served on board HMS Kelly. For nearly 50 years there has been a flourishing Reunion Association for the survivors of HMS Kelly. Of course, Lord Mountbatten was keenly involved in it, but it was a Ratings Association. In more recent years, both Countess Mountbatten and Prince Charles have given their time and hospitality to surviving members and their families. The Association has recently been wound up due to the age of the survivors. There are no reunion plans any more. However, every Remembrance Sunday a large group of families and
friends go to Hebburn to pay their respects at the Kelly grave. My father served in the ship and attended every single reunion until he died. There are now only about 10 survivors of Kelly still alive, so there is little chance of getting information about those who died a long time ago.  I would be pleased to pass on any realistic enquiries to one or more of the
survivors.  Rob Turnbull

DICK BROWN...   I am looking for information from anyone who knew a Dick Brown from preston in Lancashire AKA 'buster' he was part of the gun crewe (pompoms?) If anyone remembers my father I would dearly love to hear from you any photos etc would be fantastic too. my email is:  P.S my father is fit and well to this day!

ERNEST and PETER CASH.   My uncles are understood to have served on HMS Kelly and were lost at sea.  Their names were Ernest and Peter Cash from Hebburn on Tyneside.   Do any ex crew members remember them and have any photographs of them?    With thanks David Waugh.

CAN YOU HELP .A Brother of a friend died on HMS Kelly during the evacuation of Crete. He would like to make the trip to Crete. Is there any ceremony specific to the ship.  or is there any groups in the UK or arrange trips to commemorate the battle of Crete. please contact Ian Hall at 

ARTHUR WATKIN: My uncle served on HMS Kelly when it was sunk off Crete. He came from Northwich, Cheshire if anyone has any memories, photo's etc which may include him please contact Paul Watkin at 

JACK EDGECOMBE.. I believe my grandfather, Jack, was Chief Stocker on HMS Kelly when she was sunk off Crete. Did any of his shipmates go on to serve in North Africa before being posted to new ships? Contact me at 

BERT WARD.. I am trying to find information about my wife's uncle Bert who served and died on HMS Kelly in WW2. Contact me if you can help at 

RONALD TOLLERVEY: My Grandfather served on HMS Kelly. I do not know what his position on the ship was, But I am very keen to find out more regarding him and  HMS Kelly. If anybody remembers him or  has family photos of the ships crew or crew lists, please contact me at 

HURLEY: I am researching our families naval History and My Uncle served on HMS Kelly, but was killed  when HMS Kelly was sunk off Crete. I am looking for a crew list at the time of the sinking if anyone can help please contact Andy Beaton at 

ALAN WORTHINGTON.. My grandfather, Alan, served on HMS Kelly as a Chief Petty Officer. I would like to know of anyone who may remember him or have any photographs. He always told me stories but sadly died 10 years ago. Contact me at 

DEREK MAXWELL TAYLOR.. I believe my Uncle Derek was the ships Bo' sun when he went down with HMS Kelly. I would like to know if anyone can recall anything about his time with the ship or friends etc. Contact 

EDMOND CUTLER BARROW.. I am trying to trace my father, Edmond Barrow who served on HMS Kelly during the 2nd World War. I've only just started this search so would be grateful for any information that will help me in my search. Thank you. Contact Charlotte Heron at 

ALBERT JOHN AUGUSTUS ASHTON.. My Grandfather served on HMS Kelly in the battle of Crete. He was a gunner and signaler. He survived the battle but died on 12th April 2000. I only got to meet him in the last 2months before he died and do not know much about his life but would be very interested to receive information on him. If anyone has any information relating to my grandfather please contact me N Ashton at 

WILLIAM BILL ROWLAND  served as Midshipman on HMS Kelly up to 1941 and was commissioned into HMS Leander thereafter. Any memories or photographs to exchange would be warmly welcomed by his daughter. Contact Christine Gerard at 

HERBERT EDWARDS.... My father served on Kelly as an engineer, his name was Herbert Edwards and came form Accrington, Lancashire. Does anyone have any photographs of the Kelly's crew. Please contact me at 

GEORGE WISELY:  My Grand Father who recently passed away aged 85, was on board HMS Kelly when it was sunk off Crete. he was a stoker, if anyone has any memories of photo's or indeed anything at all, please  contact me at 

WILLIAM JAMES POLSON JENKINS: He was a relation of mine from Carmarthen, Wales, he died while serving on HMS Kelly during WW2. I am trying to get information on him, and would like to hear form anybody who may have known him  or has information or photos of the crew during this time. If you can help please contact Me at 

VICTOR ROBERT CRISP: My grandfather served on HMS Kelly he did not talk much about it but but he did get a DSM for the battle of Crete. He was very proud to serve on HMS Kelly.  I have some original photos and books and if I can help anyone please contact me Stephen Crisp at 

WILLIAM HENRY BAILEY. My father served on HMS Kelly as one of the torpedo Operators. he was onboard ship when it was sunk ff the coast of Crete and survived. I am wanting to find photos of the Kelly and crew. if any one can help please contact Steve bailey at