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HMS Queen Elizabeth. Royal Naval battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth built at Portsmouth in 1913, served in the Dardanelles campaign during world war one and during world war two she was sunk in shallow water by mines attacked to the battleship by Italian frogmen in Alexandria. Raised and repaired at Norfolk, Virginia.

 

Displacement: 29,700   Speed: 23.0 knots   Compliment: 950 and up to 1,220 in 1918

Armament: Eight 15-inch guns in pairs and fourteen 6 -inch guns.  Two 3 inch Anti Aircraft Guns in 1917, two 4-inch anti aircraft guns.

HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH

HMS Queen Elizabeth was built at Portsmouth and Re -Engined at Fairfield and launched on the 16th October 1913. She was the sister ship to HMS Warspite, Valiant, Barham, and Malaya.  HMS Queen Elizabeth was the only ship of the class to have a full compliment of sixteen  6-inch guns, She was the only ship of the class not be be involved during  the Battle of Jutland. But her first world war service included being part of the Dardanelle's campaign. She bombarded the forts on the Narrows in the support of the Gallipoli landings between February 25th and May 14th 1915. She fired a total of 86 15-inch shells and 71 6-inch shells. The short supply of 15-inch shells and a direct order from the Admiralty not to ware out her guns. After the battle of Jutland (She was in refit at the Time,) She became the flagship of the Home Fleet in February 1917.HMS Queen Elizabeth had to major refits between the Wars.  At the start of World War two she was in the middle of her second refit, being reconstructed at Portsmouth, due to the chance of enemy bombing she was moved to Rosyth. Being completed and ready for service in May 1941. HMS Queen Elizabeth was transferred to The Mediterranean fleet.  It was at Alexandria, along with her sister ship HMS Valiant that both ships were mined by Italian Frogmen. HMS Queen Elizabeth sank in shallow water, raised and temporarily repaired. But due to the serious damage she had sustained she was transferred to the US Navy Yard in Norfolk. being repaired there between September 1942 till 1st June 1943.

She joined the Eastern fleet and In January 1944 onwards was joined by HMS valiant and took part in the carrier raids in Indonesia against Japanese bases.  returning to Britain in July 1945. and finally scrapped at Dalmuir on the Clyde 7th July 1948. and at Troon (Hull only)

HMS Queen Elizabeth, c.1928.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth, c.1928.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth, July 1935.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth, July 1935.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth, 1937.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth, 1937.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth, May 1937.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth, 1944.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth, 1944.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth, March 1945.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth, May 1947.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth, 1934.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth , c.1928.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth, 1918.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth, November 1918.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth. By 1943 armament had been increased by four 20mm guns in pairs at B turret and six 20mm guns by the bridge, two 20mm guns by the mainmast and four 20mm guns in pairs at X turret.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth.  Sent in by Graham Boddington

The Crew of HMS Queen Elizabeth.  

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The forward guns of HMS Queen Elizabeth

A wave hitting the bow of HMS Queen Elizabeth

HMS Queen Elizabeth at Malta c.1913.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth. 

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Crew of HMS Queen Elizabeth in a funeral procession fo King Alexander of Yugoslavia at Belgrade, 1924.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth.Contributed by email.

HMS Queen Elizabeth.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth - Sister ships of the Queen Elizabeth Class

HMS WARSPITE 26TH NOVEMBER 1913 SOLD FOR SCRAP 12TH JULY 1946.
HMS VALIANT 4TH NOVEMBER 1914 SOLD FOR SCRAP 19TH MARCH 1948.
HMS BARHAM 31ST OCTOBER 1914 SUNK 25TH NOVEMBER 1941.
HMS MALAYA 18TH MARCH 1915 SOLD FOR SCRAP 20TH FEBRUARY 1948.
 

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I would be interested to hear from anyone who knew of any American servicemen on board during September 1945.  My wife has a small bible from an uncle of hers who was an American serviceman.  The inscription in the bible says "From the Chaplains Office, His Majestys Ship Queen Elizabeth 16th September 1945".  This is handwritten on a form that is stuck inside the front cover which also has a warning from the White House that only Christian names should be written and that no service details should be written that might be of use to the enemy.  Contact Here 

WILLIE ARNOTT WEDDERBURN..  I am lookinjg for any information about my father Willie ( Bill, Billy) Arnott Wedderburn, he serverd on the Queen Elizabeth in the Paciffic during WW2 - W A Wedderburn P/J X 385917, He was from Berwick-Upon-Tweed and had a geordie accent, I would really like to know what happened during the war as he never spoke of it and i only foud out where he served when I received his medals after his death.    contact here  

While chatting with my father about his naval experiences during WW2, a programme about the attack on HMS Queen Elizabeth was advertised, I think for the History channel. My father made a statement 'That fellow the count doesn't know how lucky he was'. Apparently my grandfather  a Warrant Officer in the Royal Artillery was in charge of the escort that took them away after the raid. He was taken to room with high ranking officers where he was given instructions that the prisoners were 'to be shot while trying to escape' and that they were not to reach their destination alive. (I think he said Tripoli.) He apparently asked for this in writing and was refused.  When he eventually handed the prisoners over after their journey he was immediately posted to the middle of Africa to serve with the Kings Own African Rifles until the war was over. He was not demobbed until late 1946 without being allowed any leave since the incident back in 1942.    Strange story. Can you tell me who the frogmen were?    Chris Campbell    contact here 

my father served on HMS Queen Elizabeth from January 1941. He also served on the armed merchant cruiser Patroclus in Nov 1940 and then HMS Resource. I would like to hear stories about HMS Queen Elizabeth. Contact me at aclarke@mail.gov.nf.ca 

BRIAN HENDY  Can anyone tell me the ports the Queen Elizabeth visited during September 1935 and June 1937. Please contact me at bhendy@btinternet.com 

EDWARD WILLIAM FULKARD (AKA FULLEY): My grandfather served on HMS Queen Elizabeth when she was mined and sunk at Alexandria harbour. I would be very interested to hear from anyone who knew my grandfather. (He is third naval person from the right in the middle row in the photograph) Contact Nicholas Hacket at nicholashacket@lineone.net