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

HMS RAMILLIES.

Built at Beardmore and completed at Cammell Laird. HMS Ramillies was launched on the 12th September 1916.. During World War Two HMS Ramillies took part in the bombardment of Bardia, August 18th 1940. She also took part in the Battle of Cape Teudada. On the 7th May 1942 in the bombardment of Diego Saurez (Madagascar) she was torpedoed by Japanese midget submarine on the 30th May 1942. After repairs she took part in the bombardment of German positions during D-Day as well as bombardment of Southern France She was scrapped at Cairn Ryan on the 23rd April 1948, and finally scrapping Ramillies Hull was finished at Troon October 1949

Compliment 1146, Armament 8 15-inch Guns (4 x 2) 12 6-inch guns. 8 4-inch A.A Guns and 16 . 2 pounder AA guns and one aircraft.  Displacement 29,150 tons, Speed 21.5 knots

HMS Ramillies.

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HMS Ramillies, 1915.

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HMS Ramillies, October 1917.

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HMS Ramillies, 1919.

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HMS Ramillies, 1919.

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HMS Ramillies, 1920.

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HMS Ramillies, 1920.

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HMS Ramillies, July 1935.

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HMS Ramillies, July 1935.

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HMS Ramillies, 1935.

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HMS Ramillies, 1920.

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HMS Ramillies, 1938.

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HMS Ramillies, with HMS Royalist and others, May 1947.

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HMS Ramillies, August 1927.

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HMS Ramillies, August 1927.

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HMS Ramillies.

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HMS Ramillies.

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HMS Revenge (no. 5) with sister ship HMS Royal Sovereign (no.3) and HMS Resource (no.2), HMS London (no.4) and HMS Queen Elizabeth (no. 6) with HMS Ramillies in dock (no.1). Ships pictured in Valetta Harbour. 

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HMS Ramillies 1916 - 1948

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A view of the four foremost 15 inch guns on board HMS Ramiliies A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  © Walker Archive. Order Code  PH289

One of the planes on HMS Ramillies  

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HMS Ramillies, Malta c.1920.

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HMS Ramillies.

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Some of Ramillies's crew while in Hong Kong  

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Some of Ramillies's crew while in Hong Kong  

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HMS Ramillies. July 1937.

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Petty Officer's Football Team of HMS Ramillies.

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Crew of HMS Ramillies,

1st Stoker Racing Cutter Winners, 2nd Div 1st Battle Squadron Regatta.

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 My father able seaman Arthur Popejoy who served on the Ramillies from 1942-45 left me these photos (below). The photos are of other ships and deck scenes /prisoners of war/ shipmates as well as the places of Port of call which were Cape Town/ Durban / Madagascar-Diego Suarez.   Michael Popejoy.  Thanks to Michael for these great photos.

Christmas on Ramillies 1942.

Aboard HMS Ramillies

Either HMS Ramillies or HMS Resolution

Prisoners of War on HMS Ramillies

HMS RAMILLIES.

Built at Beardmore and completed at Cammell Laird. HMS Ramillies was launched on the 12th September 1916.. During World War Two HMS Ramillies took part in the bombardment of Bardia, August 18th 1940. She also took part in the Battle of Cape Teudada. On the 7th May 1942 in the bombardment of Diego Saurez (Madagascar) she was torpedoed by Japanese midget submarine on the 30th May 1942. After repairs she took part in the bombardment of German positions during D-Day as well as bombardment of Southern France She was scrapped at Cairn Ryan on the 23rd April 1948, and finally scrapping Ramillies Hull was finished at Troon October 1949

Compliment 1146, Armament 8 15-inch Guns (4 x 2) 12 6-inch guns. 8 4-inch A.A Guns and 16 . 2 pounder AA guns and one aircraft.  Displacement 29,150 tons, Speed 21.5 knots

The following story is donated by Joseph Hayes Todd whose father, Robert William Todd serving on USS Duntroon in 1942, participated in the food fight:

During February, 1942, my father, Robert William Todd, a soldier in the U.S. Army Air Corp, was at sea for about one month (his estimate) en route from Melbourne, Australia to Colombo, Ceylon.  During this time the meals aboard ship were the same three orbs each day: a boiled potato, a boiled egg and an orange.    Breakfast, lunch and dinner, day after day.

Finally his ship arrived in port at Colombo and tied up next to the HMS Ramillies.   They crews began talking back and forth and someone on the Duntroon tossed an orange, egg or potato at the crew of the Ramillies.   Well, the crew of the Ramillies duly returned fire with same food item.   Quickly there was hundreds of salvos fired, pounds of food airborn at once, and a huge mess and a good laugh.

In the end, both crews had to clean the ships thoroughly, but what could commanders do, discipline thousands, or entire crews of two ships? Wasting government property (food) was a serious offense, at least on the U.S. side, but everyone seemed guilty.

HMS Ramillies - Sister ships of the Revenge Class
HMS RESOLUTION 14TH JANUARY 1915 SOLD FOR SCRAP 5TH MAY 1948
HMS REVENGE 29TH MAY 1915 SOLD FOR SCRAP IN SEPTEMBER 1948.
HMS ROYAL OAK 17TH NOVEMBER 1914 TORPEDOED 14TH OCTOBER 1939.
HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN 29TH APRIL 1915 SOLD FOR SCRAP 5TH APRIL 1949.
 

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LES PERT, (STICKS/BUGLER) RM..  My father, Les Pert, a young RM bugler would have been about 16 years of age in 1944 whilst serving on HMS Ramillies.  As a youngster, I remember well the stories he told us of his time on the Ramillies, especially the events leading up to D-day.  He his now 77 years young and still living in Portsmouth enjoying a few beers in the local pubs.
Just like most children, I saw my father as a hero who occasionally walked with gods, and the strange thing is, now that Iím older, I realise he probably did!  I just canít imagine one of my children going to war at that young age.
If anyone can remember a young RM sticks/bugler named Les Pert from Pompey, please 
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WILFRED CASH..  my dad 'signed up' in late 1943, did training in portsmouth hms collingwood? served on hms ramillies as radar operator 1944/45.  Contact Here

RUCHARD TILLEY...  My grandfather Richard Tilley served on the Ramillies when he was a boy.  I would like any information about him please or if anybody can remember him.    buddysplace@bigpond.co.au 

ALFRED GEORGE MARLOW...   I would just like to pass on the news that my father in law Alfred George Marlow passed away today (5th April 2004) at the age of 82 in the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, South Wales. He served on the Ramillies after his ship the Royal Oak was sunk, he is actually listed on record as lost on board the Oak when she was sunk, but was actually on shore leave at the time.  I did try and persuade him a few years back to let me notify the Oak web site of the error, but he said no as it might stir up trouble!!!   His stories were a joy to listen to, he could have written a book.   He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

THOMAS GILES...  My father is Mr Thomas Giles who is now 79 .and from Aberdeen , he served onthe Ramillies when he was only about 20 years old , and his duty was damagecontrol.  He remembers all the ports he visited and can sit and tell stories about the ship for hours.  He remembers a friend of his from leister but can't remember his first name.  He was a Mr Hall.  Also Captain Middleton.  He wrote a poem about the Ramillies when he was sailing on the ship and our  family has all got a framed copy done by a sign writer , the poem has been up at my daughters school hall for a while as they are doing a project on the war and my dad has told her all his stories when I said there was a web page about the Ramillies my dad was quite shocked also quite exited , he seems to think that because he was young on the ship that most of the other crews will no longer be with us , so it would be very interesting to find out???  I can also send you his poem about the ship if you let me know.  Elizabeth Giles  contact here 

I am looking for any photo's, drawings or information on this ship please as My Great Uncle Tom Whitnell served aboard her for a few years in WW2 including D-day please contact Laurence@nuneaton81.freeserve.co.uk 

BRIAN HAYNES... I am Brian Haynes  PMX 739377.  I feel sure that I went on the Ramillies when i was "doing " an electrician's course at Vernon in Portsmouth.. this would have been 1945/6 or /7.. i am enquiring because the old memory is suffering and I am trying to collate all my life for posterity.... I wonder if anyone will want it ????   Are you able to help with that supposition?   Brian   brian_pamh@hotmail.com 

 I am researching the WWII history of HMS Ramillies and particularly the period August - December 1941 and January 1942. I would like to obtain any written records, books, etc and/or contact any surviving crew members who served on the ship, or anyone with information of her whereabouts and activities in the Indian - Pacific Oceans during that time period. Contact Harry Mason at orbitx@iinet.net.au 

ROBERT WILLIAM TODD.. Does anyone else remember the food fight described above. If you knew Robert Todd contact his son Joseph at  joetodd@bellsouth.net

RALPH JOSEPH BYRNE..   Served on Ramillies in Far East ...I have an envelope addressed to dad dated 24/9/42 when Ramillies was docked in Durban RSA.His no was JX235322.  Contact Here