HMS Calypso

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History of  Royal Navy cruiser HMS Calypso. Royal Navy cruiser website dedicated to  HMS Calypso including crew and families of ex-crew members notice board for HMS Calypso

HMS Calypso, built by Hawthorn Leslie and laid down on the7th February 1916, Launched 24th January 1917 and completed June 1917. HMS Calypso joined the 6th Light cruiser squadron in June 1917, and on the 17th November 1917 took pat in the Heligoland Bight engagement when the entire bridge personnel including  the commanding officer were killed by a shell. In  November 1918 she was sent to the Baltic and along with HMS Caradoc and the destroyers HMS Vendetta, Vortigern and HMS Wakefull captured the Bolshevik Destroyers Avtroil and Spartak of Reval. HMS Caradoc joined the 3rd Light Cruiser squadron in the Mediterranean in march 1919   She was recommissioned in August 1922, January 1925 and again in August 1927  During World war two HMS calypso served in the Home Fleet 1939and Mediterranean fleet 1940  she was torpedoed and sunk on the 12th June 1940 by the Italian Submarine Bagnlini south of Crete

   

Displacement: 4,180 tons    Speed: 29kt    Complement: 400 increasing to 437 as a Flagship.

Armament: Five 6 inch guns, Two 3inch anti-aircraft guns and two 2pdr anti-aircraft guns.   Eight 21 inch torpedo tubes.

HMS Calypso at Malta in 1922.

 

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HMS Cardiff (centre) with the sloop HMS Bryony (left) and HMS Calypso (right) at Venice, 1926.

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HMS Calypso

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HMS Calypso at Batoum / Batumi - Black Sea Port, Georgia, Russia, 1920.

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Galley's Crew of HMS Calypso, 1924.

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Gilbert Roland Milton, contributed by Steve Milton.

My Great Uncle Gilbert Roland Milton served as Chief Petty Officer on HMS Calypso during the war - or at least that short part of the war he survived.  Gilbert was one of the 30 or so casualties of the Uboat attack in June 1940. I don't know much about Gilbert or how long he had served on Calypso.  He was 39 at the time of his death and I think he had served in the Navy from age 16.  I wondered anyone out there had an account of the final hours of the Calypso - whether Gilbert made it off the ship before it went down.  One very interesting fact for viewers of this site: Gilbert is actually pictured as a member of the Calypso sports team - he is shown on the left at the front of the photo. 

Sports team of HMS Calypso, including Gilbert Roland Milton (bottom left) - see details opposite.

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HMS Calypso.

Medallion from HMS Calypso. Photograph sent in by Alison McCarthy