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

HMS Howe, was built by Fairfield and launched on the 9th of April 1940 the last of her class. she served in the Home fleet in 1942 - 43 and in Force H, 1943, on duty off Sicily and in Italian waters and went into refit from October 1943, to June 1944, HMS Howe then was transferred to the British Pacific Fleet and was deployed of Japan. used as a training ship in 1946 she was Scrapped at Inverkeithing 4th June 1958.

Information received from Peter Hulme: HMS Howe became Flagship to the Reserve Fleet during 1949/50. She also had a civilian telephone exchange in addition to her service equipment which I used to maintain. She was manned by a skeleton crew plus the Admirals Reserve fleet staff.

A story from Ron Poole: Ron served on HMS Howe as a Radar Operator during the Pacific Campaign and also spent time in Durban during a refit. He remembers a Kamikazi plane bouncing off the deck and ending up in the sea. Also a time when a sailor went overboard whilst going through the roaring forties and Captain McCall refusing to actually stop the ship, which was against regulations, to rescue the chap but steering the ship past slowly, so that he could be brought back aboard. Ron's son Andy has a copy of the ship's journal for the PAcific Campaign. 

A rare colour picture of HMS Howe steaming through the Suez Canal in 1944

Image Courtesy of Carl Proctor

HMS Howe pictured in Auckland in 1945. 

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HMS Howe firing, 1946.

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HMS Howe.

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HMS Howe 1942.

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Original republished MPL Photograph (Postcard Size).  Price 5 Click here to order.  Order Code  MP528

HMS Howe.

A large image size 10" x 7" approx, is available.  Reproduced from the original negative / photo under license from MPL, the copyright holder.  A signed numbered certificate is supplied. Price 25.   Order photograph here   Order Code  XMP530

Original republished MPL Photograph (Postcard Size).  Price 5 Click here to order.  Order Code  MP530

The photographs below have been sent in by Bill Hatcher from his days on the HMS HOWE as CHIEF PETTY OFFICER HATCHER(PJX162151), which commenced on the year it was commissioned, and was invalided out in 1946.

A Turret on HMS Howe

Fitting Out At Rosyth

Sailors commissioning

Inspection by Captain Woodhouse

 

In the hangar with a Walrus

Loading a Walrus

The Provost on deck

Sunday on the Quarterdeck

Howe lies ready for her trials

Howe in action

On trials

On trials

The Walrus takes off

The Provost on HMS Howe as she is commissioned

The following four photographs (with grey background) were sent in by Brian Huddart, whose father served on HMS Howe as a Royal Marine (POX119974) from 1944 to 1946.

Royal Marines, 1943.

Royal Marines Sea Service Battery, 1943.

William Huddart on HMS Howe.

William Huddart and shipmate on HMS Howe.

HMS Howe - Sister ships of the King George V Class
HMS KING GEORGE V 21ST FEBRUARY 1939 SOLD AND BROKEN UP 1957.
HMS PRINCE OF WALES 3RD MAY 1939 SUNK ON 10TH DECEMBER 1941.
HMS DUKE OF YORK 28TH FEBRUARY 1940 SOLD FOR SCRAP 1957.
HMS ANSON 24TH FEBRUARY 1940 SOLD FOR SCRAP 1957.
 

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ALFRED EDWARD HIRST..  I believe my grandfather served on HMS Howe. I would like to hear from anyone who served with him  Contact Here

DAVID THOMAS SIDNEY MATHIS.. I'm trying to find out the dates when the Howe served on Arctic Convoys, to confirm that my father who is no longer with us, did in fact serve on these convoys. Contact Here or Contact Here 

GEORGE FRANCIS JOHN BRIGGS..  He served from 1944 - 1946 as a Gunner.  Does anyone remember him?  If so could they please contact Claire Broad, his granddaughter with any information.  He passed away in 1999 but he was always talking about the Howe and ever since I was small it has always fascinated me.  Contact Here 

PETER WILFRED (WILBUR) HEATH...  My father served on board HMS Howe towards the end of WW2.  He was PO/X2804 Peter Wilfred (Wilbur) Heath, Royal Marines.  If anyone remembers him I would love to hear from them.  Sadly he died five years ago but was very proud to have served with the corps.   Contact Here 

ERIC HINDLE..  I am trying to find out more information about my father, Eric Hindle, (Handsome Hindy).  He was a New Zealander who joined the NZ Navy in 1943.  He served on the Russian Convoys and spent some time on the Howe.  He was in the Battle of the Scharnhorst.  That's all I know.  The New Zealand naval records are very sketchy and give very little information.  Is there anyone out there who remembers him? Please contact me at erica.hindle@summerset.co.nz 

RON MARCHANT.. My father, Ron Marchant, was a Royal Marine gunner on HMS Howe for the D-Day landings.  My mother comes from Portsmouth where they originally met (he was from East Yorkshire) - he was only 17 at the time, she 16.  She can still clearly remember the day he returned, and he never spoke of the terrible sights he must have seen.  We still miss him and would love to hear from anyone who can remember him.  Please email me at alun@adavies54.fsnet.co.uk 

FLIGHT SERGEANT STANLEY BERRY...  Stanley was my cousin. He served in HOWE in 'mysterious' circumstances possible during 1942-3 and possibly on Russian convoys (??). I would like to know what this RAF man was doing in HOWE. I was a Midshipman in HOWE in  1946-7 when the whole Gunroom was transferred from HMS Queen Elizabeth along with Captain R.M.Ellis DSC.  Stanley told me he could not divulge what he was doing in HOWE but he was made to feel distinctly like 'a fish out of water' for even his uniform was the wrong colour. I think I do have a clue what it was all about from another who served in an aircraft carrier in similar circumstances and both were German speakers. So!  Anything would be most appreciated as Stanley has recently died.  Geoff Leather. contact here 

GEORGE RATCLIFFE  (marine)..  I am acting on behalf of my Grandad: Marine George Ratcliffe, who is trying to locate marine crew members who were stationed on HMS Howe 1942-1945. George Ratcliffe was a gunner on the ship. His best friend was called Ginger Tap. If anyone has any information please contact me on joclements@catsrus.fsbusiness.co.uk

RAYMOND OSBORN.. My father, Raymond (known as Ray or Ron) Osborn, was one of the commissioning crew of HMS Howe when she first came into service, untill he was demobbed in 1946. He also served on HMS Gwilliam. He was a pom-pom anti aircraft gunner. Anyone who has recollections of him please contact me at john.oz@btinternet.com  John Osborn

ROY ALAN BERESFORD..  My father  was a leading stoker mechanic (I think!) and I was christened aboard HMS HOWE in 1952, did her serve aboard her? what happened to him? anybody any news? John Beresford       email here 

ABLE SEAMAN CHARLES MILLS...  Able Seaman Charles Mills served on HMS Howe during World War 2.  Charles died aged 31 on 03/09/1943 due to injuries obtained in conflict.  Charles Mills was buried in Dely Ibrahim War Cemetery in Algeria.  I would love to hear from anyone who knew of Charles or can relate any stories or share photos about HMS Howe and its crew during World War 2.  Any info would be appreciated.  email here

WILFRED STANLEY WILLIAM CLARK...  Dear All.Wilfred is found.  For many many Year's My Wife & I have being looking for information on H.M.S Howe.  Our intrest in this Ship is One of sadness.  Only today 09/09/03 have We finally located the true area of a Former Seaman's Grave.  Name  CLARK, WILFRED STANLEY WILLIAM. Service No: P/JX 246432: Rank Boy Age 17 Years. Died 29/08/1943.  We Just have One remaining Photograph Of Wilfred. ( "To Mum with Love.")  We are still working to find more information on this Ship & what Happend to Wilfred?  We are intrested in the date's from May 1943 to June 1944. Where was She & what was She doing in this Time please. Could You Please help Us find out?? Please Email Us @ peter@ukwriters.net   Our very best Regards. Peter & Linda Martin.

ROBIN J ROWE... I was Boy Bugler Robin J. Rowe, Royal Marines. Joined Howe aged fourteen and a half in June 1942, left her in 1946. If you didn't know me, you must have heard me!

GEOFF BROWNE.... My Husband joined Howe as a 16 year old in 1943 and was on her until after the war ended and eventually went into the Submarine Branch. I have been trying for years to get a copy of the HMS Howe book given, I understand to crew members. My Husband's copy got lost after his Mother died. He would be so pleased to have another copy. Obviously I am glad to purchase. His name is Geoff Browne, does anyone remember him? Margaret Browne  books@notjustbooks.f9.co.uk

JACK SMITH.... I am looking for any member of HMS Howe`s crew that may remember my uncle Jack Smith. His station was Radar/Asdic?. He served on Howe from 1942-45 in the Atlantic, Italy and the Pacific. Any memories greatly appreciated       almamjb@yahoo.co.uk

VIC HUTCHINSON: I served on HMS Howe 1947 - 1948 as AB RC3 but was Gunnery Lt's writer to Lt Commander Alywin. Anyone remembers me I would love to hear from you. contact me at vhutch1@hotmail.com 

CHARLES (GINGER) COOK..  I am looking for anyone who can remember my father, Charles. He served on HMS Howe as a radar operator (long range). He can remember Ron Poole, Derek Ralph, Ginger Hickson, to name but a few. Any info, help contact me at peter.cook23@btopenworld.com 

NORMAN GEORGE CRAFT.. My father was a signalman and we think he was aboard from the launch. He never mentioned much about life on board Howe but we would like to hear from anyone who can tell us more. He has a few papers on show in the D-Day Museum. Any information contact Paul at paul@paelectrics.co.uk 

RON POOLE.. Ron served as Radar Operator on HMS Howe during the Pacific Campaign. If anyone can remember him contact him at andy@poole56.fsnet.co.uk 

STANLEY BIFFIN.. My grandfather Stanley, also known as Charlie, was a crew member aboard HMS Howe in the 1940s. I would love to get hold of any information or a crew list. Contact me at kerrygibson@teapot100.freeserve.co.uk 

ELGAR ROWLING (ROWLEY).. My father joined HMS Howe late in 1942 and was stationed in one of the 5.25" turrets. He left Howe to go to King Alfred and served as 1st Lt on an LCIS on D-Day landing Lord Lovat's Commandos on Sword Beach. I would like to hear from anyone who served with him on HMS Howe. Contact me at b.rowling@ntlworld.com

WILLIAM JAMES.. My great uncle James served as a Chief Petty Officer on HMS Howe in the Pacific during WW2. As a chef he also prepared food for the Admiralty at Portsmouth during the war. His brother became a prisoner of war with the Japanese. Any stories contact me at adrian@coolglazeltd.co.uk 

ARCHIE BAKER... My father served on HMS Howe after D-Day up to 1947. He was originally from Slough and is now in Plymouth. Any former shipmates or anyone with information contact me at johnabaker@btopenworld.com 

STAN STOKES... Served on HMS Howe 1940-45. Contact me at tynllwyni@btopenworld.com 

ANGUS McDONALD.. I would like to hear from anyone who knew my father Angus McDonald (pictured second from right) who was a Chief Stoker on board HMS Howe. He is alive an living in Edinburgh, please  contact Stuart McDonald at samcdonald22@hotmail.com 

ALBERT GORRINGE  My father was a Royal Marine and served on HMS Howe between 1943 to 1945. He served in Australia and South Africa. I would like to hear from anyone who knew him. Contact Sharon Gorringe.

Reply to above: My father William Porter also served on Howe about the same time as a Marine. I have heard him talk about Australia and South Africa. I will visit him soon and will ask him if he remembers your father. I trust he is well. Donald Porter. (alanapo@supanet.com )

THOMAS NICHOLLS.  My father served as a gunner (port side) on HMS Howe during the Pacific campaign. I would love to hear from anyone who knew him. contact Martin Nichols at martin@nichols11.freeserve.co.uk 

JOHN H H MARTYN: I was a member of the ship's company from November 1943 - late 1946. I was an  AB on mess 48. I would be pleased to hear from any other members of the crew contact me at JohnHHMartyn@aol.com 

DEREK RALPH.. Radar operator from Chesterfield served on HMS Howe 1944-45. He would like to contact any shipmates including Bevan (ber) from Birmingham (a Radio Operator). Contact Derek at Frank@inky29.slife.co.uk