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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, 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 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.

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A view of the four foremost 15 inch guns on board HMS Ramiliies

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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 crew while in Hong Kong  

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Some of Ramillies crew while in Hong Kong  

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HMS Ramillies. July 1937.

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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 by Ivan Berryman


HMS Ramillies by Ivan Berryman

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) it was here she was torpedoed by Japanese midget submarines on the 30th May 1942. After repairs she took part in the bombardment of German positions during D-Day, as well as in August bombardments of Southern France.
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Sunset at Spithead by Randall Wilson.


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HMS Queen Elizabeth with other Royal Naval Battleships, Revenge and Ramillies. Surrounded by cruisers and destroyers ride at anchor for King George Vs last Jubilee Review of 1935.
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HMS Ramillies and HMS Warspite at Normandy by Anthony Saunders.


HMS Ramillies and HMS Warspite at Normandy by Anthony Saunders.

HMS Ramillies and Warspite manoeuvre into position off the coast of Normandy. The major battleships of the Home Fleet, with their massive guns which could deliver gunfire with pinpoint accuracy to 17 miles. they proved invaluable on the day of the biggest seaborne land invasion in history.
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Fully dressed and resplendent, HMS Hood is pictured preparing for King George Vs review of the Fleet in July 1935 as other capital ships take up their positions around her. Ramillies can be seen off Hoods port bow, Resolution astern, whilst just beyond her boat deck, the mighty Nelson gently nudges into position.
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 Over three years of continuous air combat the 91st Bombardment Group The Ragged Irregulars were based at Bassingbourn in England. They flew 340 missions with honor and bravery, over occupied Europe and bore such B-17 legends as Memphis Belle, Shoo Shoo Baby, General Ike and Nine O Nine. On this day, however, the Memphis Belle is going to have to wait for the snow to be cleared before it can depart on yet another dangerous mission over enemy territory. In the meantime, to enable the Memphis Belle to leave at the earliest opportunity when the weather clears, ground crew carry on with their maintenance work in support of a crew and aircraft they all look upon with affection and admiration.
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 Having departed the Namsen Fjord in Norway, on a course home to England across the North Sea, HMS Arab was intercepted by a Heinkel He.115 and ordered to sail due east or be attacked.  His orders ignored, the German pilot began a series of passes over the trawler, raking the small vessel with continuous fire from both of its guns.  The gallant crew of the Arab returned fire with all Lewis and Oerlikon guns blazing, the Heinkel being mortally wounded as it made a low pass across the bow of Arab, finally plunging into the sea some two miles astern of the trawler who continued, without further incident, to her destination at Scapa.

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Michael Atherton by Keith Fearon.
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 Michael Schumacher celebrates another win for Ferrari.
Dream Team by Franklin.
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