HMS Enterprise

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HMS Enterprise Part of the emerald class Light Cruisers, was built by John Brown's on the Clyde and laid down on the 28th June 1918, and launched 23td December 1919. In early 1920 HMS Enterprise was towed to Devonport to provide work for the Royal dockyard. and was completed at a leisurely pass. finished on the 7th April 1926. due to the item it took to complete the cost increased tremendously to nearly three quarters of a million pounds. 

Normal Displacement 7,600 tons, full load 9,435 tons, full speed 32 knots. compliment 37 Officers 534 all other ranks.   Armament: seven 6 inch guns, three 4inch guns. Four 3 pdr,  three 2pdr. seven machine Guns. Twelve 21 inch torpedo Tubes housed in four triple deck mountings. above water.

HMS Enterprise movements during her first commission 1926 to 1928.  Left Plymouth 24th April 1926, 

PLACE ARRIVED LEFT ARRIVED LEFT PLACE
INVERGORDON 26TH APRIL 2ND MAY 3RD MAY 3RD MAY ROSYTH
HULL 4TH MAY 17TH MAY 18TH MAY 8TH JUNE NAIRN/INVERGORDON
ROSYTH 9TH JUNE 5TH JULY 6TH JULY 8TH JULY SHEERNESS (Small-Refit)
CHATHAM 8TH JULY 13  AUGUST 15  AUGUST 16 AUGUST SPITHEAD
GIBRALTAR 19  AUGUST 23 AUGUST 26 AUGUST 28TH AUGUST MALTA
PORT SAID 31 AUGUST 1 SEPTEMBER 1 SEPTEMBER 1 SEPTEMBER SUEZ
ADEN 6 SEPTEMBER 8 SEPTEMBER 13TH SEPT 14TH SEPT BOMBAY
COLOMBO 17TH SEPT 7  OCTOBER 9 OCTOBER 30 OCTOBER TRINCOMALI
COLOMBO 31 OCTOBER 14TH NOV 18TH NOV 24TH NOV KARACHI
BOMBAY 26TH NOV 4TH DEC 6TH DEC 9TH DEC COLOMBO
SINGAPORE 12TH  DEC. 13TH DEC 18TH DEC 29TH DEC HONG-KONG
SHANGAI 1ST JAN 1927 14TH MARCH 14TH MARCH 21ST MARCH WOOSUNG
HONG-KONG 23RD MARCH 21ST MARCH 28TH MARCH 31ST MARCH SINGAPORE
COLOMBO 4TH APRIL 7TH APRIL 12TH APRIL 13TH APRIL SINGAPORE
HONG KONG 30TH APRIL 2ND MAY 6TH MAY 7TH MAY SINGAPORE
COLOMBO 11TH MAY 24  AUGUST 25  AUGUST 3RD SEPT TRINCOMALI
BOMBAY 7TH SEPT 8TH SEPT 10TH SEPT 20TH SEPT KARACHI
SOHAR 22ND SEPT 24TH SEPT 24TH SEPT 27TH SEPT DHIBAR
DUHAT KABAL 27TH SEPT 29TH SEPT 29TH SEPT 30TH SEPT JASKH
SUR 1ST OCT 2ND OCT 3RD OCT 4TH OCT MUSCAT
GWADAR 5TH OCT 6TH OCT 7TH OCT 7TH OCT PASNI
KARACHI 8TH OCT 7TH NOV 9TH NOV 10TH NOV KASAB
BUSHIRE 11TH NOV 13TH NOV 14TH NOV 17TH NOV HENJAM
BASRA 19TH NOV 26TH NOV 26TH NOV 29TH NOV ABADAN
KASAB 1ST DEC 1ST DEC 2ND DEC 3RD DEC DUBAI
BUNDER ABBAS 3RD DEC 5TH DEC 6TH DEC 7TH DEC SHAJAH
RAS -AL-KAIMER 7TH DEC  7TH DEC 9TH DEC 10TH DEC  KARACHI
COLOMBO 15TH DEC  17TH DEC 18TH DEC  19TH DEC TRINCOMALI
CALCUTTA 23RD DEC  11 JAN 1928 13TH JAN 18TH JAN  AKYAB
MADRAS 21ST JAN  4TH FEB 5TH FEB 22ND MARCH TRINCOMALI
COLOMBO 23RD MARCH 25TH MARCH 2ND APRIL  15TH APRIL KUWEIT
ABADAN 16TH APRIL 18TH APRIL 18TH APRIL 26TH APRIL BASRA
ABADAN 26TH APRIL 27TH APRIL 27TH APRIL 4TH MAY KOWEIT
FARUR 5  MAY 1928 7 MAY 1928 7TH MAY 17TH MAY  HENJAM
KHOR FUKKAN 18TH MAY 19TH MAY 25TH MAY 30TH AUGUST COLOMBO
CROSSED THE LINE 31ST AUGUST 1928
MAURITIUS 6TH SEPT 14TH SEPT 19TH SEPT 3RD OCT MOMBASA
ZANZIBAR 4TH OCT 15TH OCT 15TH OCT 25TH OCT DAR-ES-SALAAM
TANGA 26TH OCT 2ND NOV 6TH NOV 12TH NOV SEYCHELLES
ADEN 17TH NOV 27TH NOV 1ST DEC 1ST DEC MOMBASSA
DAR-ES-SALAAM 2ND DEC 2ND DEC 5TH DEC 5TH DEC ADEN
SUEZ 7TH DEC 7TH DEC 8TH DEC  8TH DEC PORT-SAID
BRINDISI 10TH DEC 10TH DEC 11TH DEC  12TH DEC MALTA
SHEERNESS 19TH DECEMBER END OF FIRST COMMISSION

TOTAL MILES TRAVELED. 1926 18,877 MILES, 1927 21,852.6 MILES  1928 22,332.2 MILES 

OFFICERS OF HMS ENTERPRISE 1926-1928 
CAPTAIN HERBERT FITZHERBERT CMG7TH APRIL 1926 TO 30TH JUNE 1926    
CAPTAIN STEPHEN ST L MOORE 1ST JULY 1926 TO 21ST JULY 1928 
CAPTAIN HENRY D PRIDHAM-WIPPELL 22ND JULY ONWARDS
COMMANDER JAMES C J SOUTTER 7TH APRIL 1926 TO 16TH DECEMBER 1927        
COMMANDER EDWARD DE F RENOUF 1ST NOVEMBER 1927 ONWARDS
LIEUT COMMANDER PERCY F P WOOD   7TH APRIL 1926  -16TH DEC 1927
LIEUT-COMMANDER BRIAN B SCHOFIELD 7TH APRIL 1926 - 20TH AUGUST 1928
LIEUT-COMMANDER WILLIAM HAYNES 7TH APRIL 1926 - 3RD NOV 1927 (Transferred)
LT  HON. GUY H E RUSSELL7TH APRIL 1926 - 14TH OCT 1927 PROMOTED TO LIEUT-COMMANDER  15TH OCTOBER 1926
Lieutenant John E P Brass      14th Sept 1926 to 10th May 1927
Lieutenant and later Lieutenant Commander John A Grindle    1st November 1927
Lieutenant Commander  Cyril W A G Hamley    21st July 1928 
Lieutenant   William W Davies   1st October 1927 
Lieutenant Thomas H Villiers        11th August 1926 to 31st march 1928 (Flying Officer)
Lieutenant Edwin B Carnduff       2nd April 1928  (Flying Officer)
LIEUTENANT CHARLES G THOMPSON 7TH APRIL 1926 (FLYING OFFICER)
LIEUTENANT ROBERT F GORDON   7TH APRIL 1926 TO 13TH SEPTEMBER 1926
LIEUTENANT JOHN F WHITFIELD   14TH SEPTEMBER 1926
SUB-LIEUTENANT GEORGE C COLVILLE   7TH APRIL 1926 TO 14TH APRIL 1927  (PROMOTED)
LIEUTENANT GEORGE C COLVILLE   15TH APRIL 1927
SUB-LIEUTENANT RICHARD H BARRETT  7TH APRIL 1926 TO 19TH JULY 1926
SUB-LIEUTENANT ERNEST H SHATTOCK   24TH JULY 1926 TO 13TH SEPTEMBER 1926
SUB-LIEUTENANT MICHAEL EVERARD    1ST FEBRUARY 1927
ENGR-COMMANDER OSWALD C D DALLAS     7TH APRIL 1926 TO 6TH NOVEMBER 1927
ENGR-COMMANDER JOHN L DEACON    4TH OCTOBER 1927
LIEUTENANT (E) SYDNEY BROWN   7TH APRIL 1926 TO 14TH JANUARY 1928
LIEUTENANT COMMANDER (E) SYDNEY BROWN    15TH JANUARY 1928
LIEUTENANT (E) WILLIAM L SPEAR  19TH FEBRUARY 1928 
SUB-LIEUTENANT (E) GEORGE H CRAVEN-PHILLIPS  7TH APRIL 1926 TO 29TH AUGUST 1926 (PROMOTED)
LIEUTENANT (E) GEORGE H CRAVEN-PHILLIPS 30TH AUGUST 1926 - 21ST MARCH 1928
CAPTAIN R.M. MOSTYN H WEBB-BOWEN     1ST APRIL 1926
CHAPLAIN REV. HARRY GOULDING B.A.      7TH APRIL 1926 - 25TH JULY 1926
CHAPLAIN REV. HAROLD E STEVENS   1ST JANUARY 1927
INSTR-LIEUTENANT ARTHUR G S EVANS B.SC.    7TH APRIL 1926
SURG, LIEUT-COMMANDER HARRY F STEPHEN, M.B.    7TH APRIL 1926 TO 16TH DECEMBER 1927
SURG-COMMANDER HARRY F STEPHEN, M.B.   17TH DECEMBER 1927
SURG-LIEUTENANT CLAUDE KEATING, M.S.M.    7TH APRIL 1926
PAYMR-COMMANDER PAUL S STRICKLAND      7TH APRIL 1926
PAYMR-LIEUTENANT BERTRAM H NORGATE    21ST JANUARY 1927
PAYMR-MIDN PATRICK R MAURICE    7TH APRIL 1926   (PROMOTED)
PAYMR-SUB-LIEUTENANT PATRICK R MAURICE   1ST MARCH 1926 TO 29TH FEBRUARY 1928  (PROMOTED)
PAYMR-LIEUTENANT PATRICK R MAURICE    1ST MARCH 1928
PAYMR-MIDSHIPMAN EARDLEY S MACLEAN  3RD AUGUST 1926 TO 18TH APRIL 1927
COMD-GUNNER (T)  JOHN M BOND    7TH APRIL 1926 TO 28TH FEBRUARY 1928
COMD-GUNNER WILLIAM B REMFRY    7TH APRIL 1926
COMD-GUNNER (T) MARK R STREET     25TH JANUARY 1928
GUNNER (D.F AND I) JOHN NIBLOCK      7TH APRIL 1926 TO 6TH OCTOBER 1926  (PROMOTED)
COMD-GR (D.F. AND I) JOHN NIBLOCK     7TH OCTOBER 1926
WT. SHIPWRIGHT HARRY L ASH     7TH APRIL 1926 TO 25TH JUNE 1927  (PROMOTED)
COMD. SHIPWRIGHT HARRY L ASH    26TH JUNE 1927
COMD ENGR GEORGE HERON     7TH APRIL 1926
COMD ENGR VICTOR W HARVEY     7TH APRIL 1926
WT ENGR CHARLES H HARVEY   7TH APRIL 1926 TO 16TH DECEMBER 1927
WT ENGR JOHN H HARRISON     19TH NOVEMBER 1927
SCHOOLMASTER HARRY F WARBURTON     7TH APRIL 1926
WT SUPPLY OFFICER CHARLES H S TANCOCK     13TH MARCH 1928 TO 31ST MARCH 1928
MIDSHIPMAN WALTER EVERSHED   7TH APRIL 1926 TO 25TH JULY 1927
MIDSHIPMAN GEORGE F BLAXLAND   7TH APRIL 1926 TO 25TH JULY 1927
MIDSHIPMAN GEOFFREY A H PRATT     7TH APRIL 1926 TO 25TH JULY 1927
MIDSHIPMAN RALPH W F NORTHCOTT    7TH APRIL 1926 TO 25TH JULY 1927
MIDSHIPMAN FRANCIS C BRODRICK    7TH APRIL 1926 TO 25TH JULY 1927
MIDSHIPMAN LEONARD J SEDGWICK     7TH APRIL 1926 TO 25TH JULY 1927
MIDSHIPMAN ARTHUR J TILLARD     7TH APRIL 1926 TO 1ST JULY 1927
MIDSHIPMAN JOHN G FORBES     9TH AUGUST 1926 TO 3RD APRIL 1928
MIDSHIPMAN CLEMENT M NORMAN    9TH AUGUST 1926 TO 3RD APRIL 1928
MIDSHIPMAN MAURICE K CAVENAGH-MAINWARING     9TH AUGUST 1926 TO 3RD APRIL 1928
MIDSHIPMAN NORMAN R QUILL     9TH AUGUST 1926 TO 3RD APRIL 1928
MIDSHIPMAN ROBERT A VILLIERS    23RD AUGUST 1926 TO 3RD APRIL 1928
MIDSHIPMAN LESLIE M R SHARP    3RD MAY 1927 TO 3RD APRIL 1928
MIDSHIPMAN PHILIP W BURNETT   4TH APRIL 1928
MIDSHIPMAN DAVID E COX     4TH APRIL 1928
MIDSHIPMAN WILLIAM F E HUSSEY     4TH APRIL 1928
MIDSHIPMAN SELWYN S C HARRISON     4TH APRIL 1928
MIDSHIPMAN JOHN G S CUNNINGHAM     4TH APRIL 1928
MIDSHIPMAN ALASTAIR G B TULLOCH     4TH APRIL 1928
MIDSHIPMAN STIRLING L FIELD     4TH APRIL 1928
LIEUTENANT, R.I.M. A H WATT    14TH SEPTEMBER 1926 TO MARCH 1927
SUB-LIEUTENANT, R.I.M. R K U TODD     27TH MARCH 1927 TO FEBRUARY 1928
LIEUTENANT R.I.M. ROBERT V VERNON      FEBRUARY 1928

HMS Enterprise 

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HMS Enterprise in the late 1930's

HMS Enterprise pictured c.1930

The following four photographs were sent in by Mark Dixon and picture his grandfather PO Albert James Dixon (see message board) aboard HMS Enterprise during the early years of the war.  Thanks to Mark Dixon for sending in these photos.

                         

PO Albert James Dixon on board HMS Enterprise

HMS Enterprise during the early stages of World War II

PO Albert James Dixon

All photos below are from 7th April 1926 to 19th December 1928

A map of the journey taken by HMS Enterprise between 7th April 1926 and 19th December 1928

The band of HMS Enterpirse at Diyatalawa

The Boxing team of HMS Enterprise

The Water Polo team of HMS Enterprise.

The Cricket team of HMS Enterprise at Karachi.

A soccer team of HMS Enterprise at Shanghai

"The Bath" - HMS Enterprise.

The Prince of Wales coming Aft to Address the Ship's Company of HMS Enterprise.

The Prince of Wales with Captain Pridham-Wippell on HMS Enterprise.

Extract regarding the arrival of the Prince of Wales on HMS Enterprise:

The trip from Aden to Mombasa and Dar-es-Salaam and thence to Brindisi was carried out in record time and with no mishaps.  We left Aden at 2230 on November 27th, arrived Mombasa at 0600 on December 1st, took in 1,100 tons of oil fuel, and completed with provisions, and left again at 1400 the same day for Dar-es-Salaam, arriving there at midnight.   His Royal Highness embarked at 1000 on December 2nd, and the ship sailed at 1030.  The Prince and Staff attended Divine Service on the Mess Deck as soon as we left harbour.  Aden was reached at 1300 on the 5th and after oiling (1,380 tons), we sailed again at 1900, and reached Suez at 1200 on the 7th.   His Royal Highness and Staff disembarked at Suez at 2100 and proceeded to Cairo, rejoining at Port Said at 2200 the following day.  The trip up the Suez Canal was somewhat upset by the rather tactless efforts of the Dutch S.S. Kertosono, which succeeded in completely blocking the fairway by getting swung right across the channel just ahead of us.  This delayed us from 11.45pm until 8am the following morning, when by a wonderful feat of handling of the ship by the Captain we were able to squeeze past the obstruction.   We arrived at Port Said at 1600 on the 8th, and completed with 1,240 tons of oil fuel, and were able to proceed on the last section of the journey by the time the Prince of Wales arrived on board at 2200.  Some rather boisterous weather was experienced on the run from Port Said to Brindisi, but in spite of the state of the wind and the sea the ship behaved nobly, and we drove through at 30 knots for a considerable portion of the way, proving that in addition to her steaming capabilities she is a wonderful sea boat.    We arrived at Brindisi at 1130 on the 10th and disembarked His Royal Higness at noon.   Before the Prince left the ship the officers and men were fallen in on the quarter deck, when he made the following very gracious speech :    "Captain Pridham Wippell, Officers and Ship's Company.  I know from experience that it isn't a Service custom to thank anybody for anything, not even when it's the case of carrying out an unexpected, out of the ordinary, and somewhat strenuous duty.  That is the tradition in which the Navy is brought up; to be ready at all times for all emergencies.  But at the conclusion of this strenuous trip from Dar-es-Salaam to Brindisi, a record as regards steaming, I am going to depart from the Service custom and say thank you, because this duty for which this ship was suddenly ordered south from Aden, when you had actually sailed for England to recommission, is of a somewhat personal nature.  The serious illness of H.M. the King made it imperative for me to return to London as quickly as possible, and I could never have got back with anything approaching the rapidity any other way than in Enterprise.  It has therefore been necessary to steam at very high speeds, which has meant extra work for all, particularly for the Engine Room and Boiler Room staffs.  Having served at sea myself, although it's a long time ago, I have not forgotten what even being in three watches is, and it has been hot most of the time.  So that I can appreciate the way you have co-operated towards my return being as speedy as possible, and I can assure you that H.M. the King will appreciate it as well, when he is well enough to realize what you all have done.  I am sure that you are all with me in anxiously waiting for the continuation of better news, and I sincerely wish you a happy Christmas and a real good leave; and may Enterprise's next commission be as successful as this last one has been."     The Captain then made the following reply, after which three hearty cheers were given for our Royal passenger.   "Your Royal Highness.  I should like, on behalf of the officers and ship's company, to thank you very much for your kindness in speaking to us as you have done today, and also to say how very much we have all appreciated the great interest you have taken in the daily life of the ship during your stay on board.  We all realize what an anxious and uncomfortable time this must have been for you, and we very much admire the way you have put up with it.  You carry with you, Sir, the sincerest wishes of every soul on board that better news will await you on your arrival home."   As His Royal Highness left the ship, the side was manned and he was again given three cheers and "a tiger".    

The Prince of Wales coming aboard HMS Enterprise at Dar Es Salaam

The crew of HMS Enterprise - Armistice Day Parade, Seychelles.

The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Gloucester arriving at Mombasa.

Captain Henry D. Pridham Wippell of HMS Enterprise.

Some crew of HMS Enterprise make 'the Dragon'

His Excellency the Governor of Ceylon inspects the Ship's Company at Diyatalawa

The Sheik's Palace, Koweit.

Gym display at Akyab

Proclamation Day, Calcutta.

Christmas Day, Calcutta.

HMS Enterprise at Basra, 20th November 1927

The Far East flight leaving Bushire

An Armistice Day Party leaving HMS Enterprise, Karachi.

The Gym Tableau at Shanghai.

Captain Stephen St. L. Moore.

Captain Herbert Fitzherber, C.M.G.

HMS Enterprise bids farewell to Effingham

HMS Enterprise.

The Officers and Ship's Company of HMS Enterprise.

SS Jervis, taken from HMS Enterprise.

The Prince of Wales leaving HMS Enterprise at Brindisi

The Evacuation of Koweit.

Dress rehearsal of the defense of Koweit.