HMS Anson

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

HMS Anson 1944 (sent in by Lee Markwell)

HMS Anson, was built by Swan Hunter, and launched on the 24th February 1940, She spent most of her time in the Home Fleet on Convoy Duty on the Murmansk Convoy Route. and was transferred to the Pacific Fleet.  On August 30th 1945  HMS Anson lead the task force, that liberated Hong Kong two days before the formal surrender ceremony in Tokyo.  HMS Anson was a Guard ship at Tokyo and saw duty off Australia from January to July 1946. she was scrapped at Faslane on the 17th December 1957.

HMS Anson at Portland, Summer 1950.  British Legion Outing. 

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HMS Anson 1945/46.  

Photograph has name of Able Seaman A Burroughs 547689.  Contributed by Susan Burroughs.

HMS Anson in the Far East, at the time of the Japanese surrender.  

Sent in by Tony Smith, whose father was on HMS Tyrian at this time.

Albert Burroughs, served on Anson 1945 / 46.

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Crossing the line party 1945. (photographs sent in by Lee Markwell)

Lee Markwell's granddad Basil Broom in Hong Kong 1944/5

Stanley Saunders (third from right) and others from HMS Anson.   See message board for details.

Sent in by his son.


HMS Anson.  Official Photo 10146

HMS Anson, Official Photo 10140  

?Anson 1942"

?Anson 1942"  

HMS Anson.  Official Photo 10148  

Photographs from the collection of V.A.E.G (?Bunny?) Hounsome  

Gordon Purslow with another crew member of HMS Anson.

Gordon Purslow was a stoker/mechanic and piloted the Royal Barge.

Commemorative card charting the Royal visit of HMS Anson to the Channel Islands, 21st - 24th June, 1949.

The Anson Times newspaper from 17th December 1945. From the papers of the late P.O. Peter James  Crocombe.  Thanks for the image.