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History of  Royal Navy cruisers (heavy cruisers, light cruisers). Royal Navy cruiser website dedicated to the Southampton Class. HMS Newcastle, HMS Southampton, HMS Birmingham, HMS Glasgow, HMS Sheffield, HMS Liverpool, HMS Manchester, HMS Gloucester, HMS Belfast, HMS Edinburgh including crew and families of ex-crew members notice board for the Southampton Class cruisers.

HMS Newcastle  was built by Vickers Armstrong  and launched laid down on the 4th October 1934 and launched 23rd January 1936 and completed 5th march 1937. Served in the home Fleet 1939 to 1941, transferring to the Atlantic fleet 1941 to 1942, then to the eastern Fleet 1942- 1944, and again moving to the East Indies 1944- 1945, until returning to the Home Fleet late in 1945. finally being scrapped at Faslane, Scotland  19th August 1959.

 

Specifications for HMS Newcastle, HMS Southampton, HMS Birmingham, HMS Glasgow

Displacement: 9,100 tons    Speed: 32kt      Complement: 700

Armament: Twelve 6 inch guns in threes. Eight 4 inch anti-aircraft guns in pairs and eight 2pdr anti-aircraft guns in pairs as well as eight 0.5 inch machine guns in fours.   Six 21 inch torpedo tubes in threes and 3 aircraft.

HMS Birmingham 1st September 1936 Broken up 1950.
HMS Glasgow 20th June 1936 Broken up 1958.
HMS Newcastle 23rd January 1936 Broken up 1959.
HMS Sheffield 23rd July 1936 Broken up 1967.
HMS Southampton 10th March 1936 Sunk 11th January 1941.
HMS Birmingham

HMS Birmingham, January 1938.

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HMS Birmingham, January 1938.

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HMS Birmingham, September 1947.

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HMS Birmingham, in reserve, April 1960.

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HMS Birmingham, in reserve, April 1960.

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HMS Birmingham.

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HMS Birmingham  at speed circa 1936  photo  sent by email by Johnny Wilson  PHC433

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HMS Birmingham

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HMS Glasgow

HMS Glasgow, October 1937.

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HMS Glasgow, September 1948.

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HMS Glasgow, June 1938.

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HMS Glasgow, September 1948.

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HMS Glasgow

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HMS Glasgow. 

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HMS Glasgow.

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HMS Newcastle

HMS Newcastle, 1937.

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HMS Newcastle, 1937.

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HMS Newcastle, 1937.

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HMS Newcastle, 1937.

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HMS Newcastle, 1937.

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HMS Newcastle, 1943.

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HMS Newcastle, March 1945.

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HMS Newcastle, February 1946.

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HMS Newcastle, laid up, August 1959.

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HMS Newcastle Photographed 1937

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 HMS Newcastle photographed 1938

Photo courtesy of Robin Walker  PHC437

HMS Newcastle.

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HMS Sheffield

HMS Sheffield, 1938.

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HMS Sheffield, 1938.

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HMS Sheffield, 1948.

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HMS Sheffield, 1948.

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HMS Sheffield, 1948.

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HMS Sheffield, June 1953.

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HMS Sheffield, in reserve, June 1965.

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HMS Sheffield, to breakers, September 1967.

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HMS Sheffield, to breakers, September 1967.

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HMS Sheffield at Panama.

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Royal Marines from HMS Sheffield at Montevideo, 1st March 1947.

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HMS Sheffield Photographed 1938

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HMS Sheffield.

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One of the Southampton Class Ships.

 

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HMS NEWCASTLE

WALTER GEORGE NEWTON.. Is there anyone out there can tell me about my uncle Walter George Newton who served on the cruiser HMS Newcastle throughout WW2 and any details of this ship's activity during that period.  R Newton. Contact Here 

HAROLD ANTHONY ROWE..  I am looking for information about my father who served on HMS Newcastle in WWII.  His name is Harold Anthony Rowe, Chief Petty Officer, Ordnance Artificer.  I have a photograph of my father and his friend Pat (I do not know his surname) and the ship's crew in white uniform.  I will find the photographs and send them to the website.  If anyone has information or memories concerning my father I would be delighted to receive it.  Valerie Overton nee Rowe.  Contact here. 

HMS SOUTHAMPTON

***...  On 16th October 1939 I was an eye witness to the attack by German raiders on the fleet at anchor below the Forth Bridge.  I know HMS Mohawk and HMS Southampton were struck.  I actually saw the waterspouts of the bombs which killed several naval personnel.  Many years later in 1977 I bought a house just beside the Forth Bridge and my neighbour was a retired Bridge Inspector.  We exchanged memories of that dreadful day but I would like to know any information from the crews of these warships as due to wartime censorships I was never able to learn the aftermath aboard the ships afterwards.  Hope some interested vet might care to answer.  Contact here 

Lt. Cmdr. J.F.C. BARKER-HAHLO...  Died 1941 on board light cruiser Southampton.  i want to find his full name, date of birth, and family names.  he was a relation.  Contact Here 

FRANK PARSONS.. My father Frank served on HMS Southampton from October 1938 until her sinking in the Med on 11th January 1941. He survived the sinking but is now deceased. I would like to contact anyone who may have known him or served with him during this time. Contact me at davep@dparsons63.freeserve.co.uk 

WILLIAM DEVLIN: I am looking for info on HMS Southampton as my late Uncle served aboard her during WW2. please contact Robert Devlin at lesley.devlin@lineone.net 

HMS BIRMINGHAM

GEORGE ALFRED JONES..  My father was a stoker first class aboard HMS Birmingham between 1945 - 1950 maybe longer don't know.  I am desperately seeking info about him.  If anyone can help please do.  His name was George Alfred Jones.  On time of joining he was about 17-18.  He lived in Birmingham possible Nechelles. If anyone knows or give info please Contact here 

FRANK CLIFFORD RONALD LEWIS...  I'm researching my family history and know my grandfather served on HMS Birmingham in WW2 from 1943 onwards.  His name was Frank Clifford Ronald Lewis, known as Peter.  His rank was Surgeon (Dental) Lieutenant Commander.  I would be thrilled to hear from anyone who knew him or served with him.  contact here

Information.. I would like information of HMS Birmingham's evacuation of 'Y' staff from Stonecutters Island, Hong Kong in 1939. I believe Birmingham moved the Hong Kong gold reserves from Hong Kong to Singapore at that time. Any information welcome contact James at jimanne7@bigpond.com (posted 13/05/03)

ALBERT BETTS.. My grandfather served aboard three ships HM Birmingham, HMS Victory and one other. His name was Albert Martin (Sonny) Betts. I am looking for anyone who has any photo's of him with or without his mates. I would really love to chat with anyone who knew him. Contact me at russell.graham@ntlworld.com 

THOMAS HENRY KING.. Thomas served on HMS Birmingham possibly as a stoker. If anyone remembers him or has information about him please contact me at stevegrace73@hotmail.com 

HMS NEWCASTLE.. My father served on HMS Newcastle during WW2. I am looking for information and photos of the ship and crew. Contact me at williamT6@aol.com 

HMS SHEFFIELD.. 

DONALD BOAKES:  My grandfather served on HMS Sheffield during WW2 and also on  HMS Hood during the 1930's I have very little information about him, he also served on HMS Juno   Any information would be helpful please contact  me at rich.warick@tesco.net 

JACK DUNCAN PECKHAM NO. JX127720..  Served on HMS Sheffield (as well as HMS Shropshire and HMS Kent). I am looking for details of actions during the period 1939-1945 as my father was aboard in the gunnery section. If you can help please contact Raymond Peckham at razerjack@lineone.net