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History of  Royal Navy cruisers (heavy cruisers, light cruisers). Royal Navy cruiser website dedicated to the Norfolk Class. HMS Dorsetshire, HMS Norfolk including crew and families of ex-crew members notice board for the Norfolk Class cruisers.

HMS Dorsetshire. built at Portsmouth Dockyard (Cammell laird)  and launched 29th January 1929 and completed 30th September 1930. she was part of the class which included  HMS Norfolk, (two other ships were planned but were cancelled in 1930, they were to be HMS Northumberland and HMS Surrey)   She carried a seaplane in1 931 and had a catapult added in 1932. At the outbreak of world war two, HMS Dorsetshire served in the east Indies in 1939, then to the South Atlantic in 1940 - 1941. she took part in the final action against the Bismarck firing 254 shells and three torpedoes of which two finally sank the German battleship. In1942  HMS Dorsetshire went tot he eastern Fleet and was bombed by Japanese aircraft of West of Ceylon and sank, 5th April 1942.

HMS Norfolk .   built at Fairfield Ship Building yard and launched 12th December  1928 and completed 30th April 1930. she was part of the class which included  HMS Dorsetshire, (two other ships were planned but were cancelled in 1930, they were to be HMS Northumberland and HMS Surrey)   She carried a seaplane in 1931 and had a catapult added in 1932. At the outbreak of world war two, HMS Norfolk served in the Home Fleet in 1939 till 1945 t  she took part in the final action against the Bismarck firing 527 8-inch shells and eight torpedoes. HMS Norfolk also took part in the action against the Scharnhorst, she was hit by two, 11-inch shells, one of which went through the X ring bulkhead and went overboard without exploding.

Displacement: 9,975 tons (Dorsetshire),  9,925 tons (Norfolk)   Speed: 32kt    Complement: 650 to 710

Armament: Eight 8 inch guns in pairs. Eight 4 inch anti-aircraft guns in pairs and sixteen 2pdr anti-aircraft guns in pairs as well as eight 0.5 inch machine guns in pairs.   Eight 21 inch torpedo tubes in pairs and 1 aircraft.

HMS Dorsetshire

29th January 1929

Sunk 5th April 1942.

HMS Norfolk

12th December 1928

Sold and broken up 1950.

HMS Dorsetshire

HMS Dorsetshire, 1930s.

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HMS Dorsetshire, 1930s.

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HMS Dorsetshire, 1935.

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HMS Dorsetshire, 1941.

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HMS Dorsetshire.

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HMS Dorsetshire c.1930 

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Some crew of HMS Dorsethsire, Yokohama 1936.  From a series entitled 'Alec's Run Ashore'.  If you know who 'Alec' was or can help us identify him, please USE OUR MESSAGE FORM 

'Alec' of HMS Dorsethsire, Yokohama 1936.  From a series entitled 'Alec's Run Ashore'.  If you know who 'Alec' was or can help us identify him, please USE OUR MESSAGE FORM 

Some crew of HMS Dorsethsire, Yokohama 1936.  From a series entitled 'Alec's Run Ashore'.  If you know who 'Alec' was or can help us identify him, please USE OUR MESSAGE FORM 

A card issued to sailors ashore at Yokohama in 1936.

HMS Norfolk

HMS Norfolk, 1932.

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HMS Norfolk, 1932.

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HMS Norfolk, July 1932.

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HMS Norfolk, July 1932.

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HMS Norfolk, July 1932.

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HMS Norfolk, July 1932.

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HMS Norfolk, at breakers, March 1950.

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HMS Norfolk, at breakers, March 1950.

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HMS Norfolk pictured sometime in the 1940's 

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HMS Norfolk, November 1937.

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Aircraft attack on the fleet at Port Drepano on the Island of Levkas, Greece.  Probably HMS Norfolk on the right.  Photo taken from HMS Sovereign.

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HMS Norfolk, attacked by aircraft while in Port Drepano 16th January 1931.  

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HMS Norfolk.

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HMS Norfolk.

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Either a Kent Class or a Norfolk Class Cruiser.  Sent in by Ian Martin.

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HMS NORFOLK

FERNLEY HAWKINS...  My late Grandfather, FERNLEY HAWKINS from Plymouth, served on HMS Norfolk during WW2.  I, Andrew Hawkins would like to hear from any of his fellow crewmates.   contact here 

KENNETH (KEN) ARTHUR HEWITT.  My Grandad was on the HMS Norfolk during WW2. His name was Kenneth (Ken) Arthur Hewitt. He passed away a couple of years ago but I would be interested in talking to anyone that may have known him. Please contact me at hewey81@hotmail.com

ARTHUR HAMPTON (CPO)  My Father served on HMS Norfolk during WW2. he is now 82, in good health and would be interested if any other Norfolk sailors remembers him and would like to make contact. contact Andrew Hampton at andrew@aahampton.freeseerve.co.uk 

HMS DORSETSHIRE

NORMAN SIZE.. My dad served on HMS Revenge 1940 to 1941 and was aboard (and survived) HMS Dorsetshire when she went down in the Indian Ocean on April 5th 1942. I would love to hear from anyone who knew my dad. Contact Ian Size at ins64jc@primus.ca