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HMS Ardent.  A class destroyer built by Scott's on 26th June 1929. HMS Ardent was sunk along with her sister ship HMS Acasta during the action against the German  battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau.

Displacement: 1,350 tons    Speed: 35 Knots, Compliment: 138.   Armament:  Four 4.7-inch guns  two 2 pounder AA Guns  and eight Torpedo Tubes 

HMS Ardent.   ©Walker Archive

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  © Walker Archive. Order Code  PHD203

HMS Ardent, July 1935.

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  XMP1871

Original republished © MPL Photograph (Postcard Size).  Price £5 Click here to order.  Order Code  MP1871

HMS Ardent

My Grandfather AB Percy Martin was lost with Ardent when she was sunk on 8/6/40. There was only one survivor, AB Roger Hooke. Attached is a photo of my Grandfather and Ardent in her wartime camouflage in winter 39/40 and some other photos taken onboard.

Gary Martin      ** Many thanks for these pictures and the information **

Photo of the crew of "X" gun. Ardent's only survivor AB Roger Hooke is seen standing far left holding the rail and next to him is AB John Henry Brain who was lost with the ship.  Thanks again to Gary Martin

On board HMS Ardent

On Board HMS Ardent

 

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