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

HMS Royal Oak was built at Devonport Dockyard laid down on the 15th January 1914 and launched 17th November 1914. and commissioned into the Royal navy on the 1st May 1916. She saw service at the Battle of Jutland. but was not damaged. Between the wars HMS Royal Oak rebuilt with the removal of torpedo tubes and the addition of AA  twin 4-inch guns replacing single mounted 4  inch AA guns. She was torpedoed and sunk at Scapa Flow by U - 47 on the 14th October 1939.

Displacement: 33,500 tons, weight increased after refit to 34,420 tons. Speed: 19  to 21.5 knots   Range: 4,000 nautical miles.  Compliment 1,040 to 1146.  Armament: Eight 15 - inch Guns, twelve 6 - inch Guns, Eight 4 - inch AA Guns in pairs  Sixteen 2 pounder in pairs. this was increased to 24.  Four 21 inch Torpedo Tubes which were removed during modernization between the wars.

HMS Royal Oak, June 1938.

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  XMP478

Original republished MPL Photograph (Postcard Size).  Price 5 Click here to order.  Order Code  MP478

HMS Royal Oak, June 1938.

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  XMP479

Original republished MPL Photograph (Postcard Size).  Price 5 Click here to order.  Order Code  MP479

HMS Royal Oak, June 1938.

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  XMP480

Original republished MPL Photograph (Postcard Size).  Price 5 Click here to order.  Order Code  MP480

HMS Royal Oak, perhaps leading the 4th Battle Squadron.

Many thanks to Carl Proctor.

Original Post card for sale Price 25   Order Code  PH396

Carl identified the Royal Oak opposite by the small cut out in the side, illustrated above, which is unique to the Royal Oak.

HMS Royal Oak.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PH444

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HMS Royal Oak

The Fighting Face of a British Battleship: The Royal Oak

Though this Royal Oak did not have the triple gun turrets only twins, the remarkable head-on view gives a good impression of a very powerful fighting force.

The Royal Oak Firing Salvoes of 15 inch guns.

HMS Royal Oak pictured c.1925 in Malta Harbour

 Original  Pavia Post Card for sale Price 25 Order Code  PH276

HMS Royal Oak.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PH418

Crew members from HMS Renown or HMS Royal Oak.

Any help identifying the crew, date, or location appreciated as always.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PHX510

HMS Royal Oak, Malta

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  Walker Archive. Order Code  PH278

Crew of the Royal Oak at Malta

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Bluejackets of HMS Royal Oak, 1914.

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The Crew of HMS Royal Oak during World War One photographed with Sergeants of a Scottish Regiment.

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Crew member of HMS Royal Oak, 1st July 1916.

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Harold Sidwell (sitting) and unknown sailor about 1917. Thanks to Miche for providing this photograph.

Two of the crew of the Royal Oak - photograph supplied by Mel Wallis.

HMS Royal Oak - Sister ships of the Revenge Class
HMS RAMILLIES 12TH SEPTEMBER 1916 SOLD FOR SCRAP 20TH MARCH 1948.
HMS RESOLUTION 14TH JANUARY 1915 SOLD FOR SCRAP 5TH MAY 1948
HMS REVENGE 29TH MAY 1915 SOLD FOR SCRAP IN SEPTEMBER 1948.
HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN 29TH APRIL 1915 SOLD FOR SCRAP 5TH APRIL 1949.
 

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CUTHBERT HESLOP.. My name is Jayne Walton and my uncle was on the Royal Oak battleship when it was torpedoed.  His name was Cuthbert Heslop.  He was only 16 years old when he died.  His brother signed the letter saying he was 18 so he could join as my Grandad wouldn't.  He was devastated when Cuthbert died as he felt really guilty for signing the agreement form.  I was told that my uncle Cuthbert had got off the ship but went back to help others.  If anyone has any information about him, please contact here 

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.

CLARENCE PENROSE  My late father Clarence Penrose was a survivor of HMS Royal Oak which sank in Scapa Flow in 1939. He was a Chief Stoker on the ship. I am trying to find information on the crew list survivors and any other information on the Royal Oak and further battleships that my father served on during WW11.  Any information would be greatly appreciated Jeff Penrose.  contact here

WILLIAM TUCKWOOD.... Searching for any information about William Tuckwood, a Royal Marine from Portsmouth, who went down on the Royal Oak.  He was my grandfather and very little is known about him, contact brian.masters@ntlworld.com 

WILLIAM HENRY ROGERS... My grandfather was serving on the HMS Royal Oak when it was torpedoed. He said he was in freezing water for nearly three hours. He also said that the men had been paid that day and there was money floating past them all, but they did not retrieve it as they were too busy trying to stay alive! His name was William Henry Rogers and his name does not seem to be on the survivor's list. If anyone has any information about this please contact Chris East at CHRISEAST2001@aol.com