HMS Glorious

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Aircraft Carrier histories. Royal Navy aircraft carriers of the Courageous Class. Aircraft carrier history of HMS Glorious from its launch to its participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of the carrier HMS Glorious.

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HMS Glorious started life as a light battle-cruiser. Laid down on the 1st May 1915 at the Harland and Wolff shipyards. She was launched on the 20th April 1916 and completed on the 14th October 1916.  This Battle Cruiser only saw one action during world war one at Heligoland bight on the 17th November 1917. It was then that a weakness to the ships decking was found when HMS Glorious had fired its main armament of four 15-inch guns (mounted in pairs ) one pair forward and pair aft.  The firing actually caused the structural damage. Probably due to this weakness HMS Glorious and her sister ship HMS Courageous were placed in the Royal naval reserve fleet in February 1919, at Devonport, Plymouth

HMS Glorious at Malta 1920s 

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HMS Glorious and her sister ship HMS Courageous  were converted into aircraft carriers. HMS Glorious was converted in 1930.  An interesting fact, was that there main armament of 15inch guns were stored and finally re used for the last battleship of the Royal Navy, HMS Vanguard,  HMS Glorious four 15-inch guns were mounted aft, and Courageous guns mounted forward on HMS Vanguard.

HMS Glorious, 1917.

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HMS Glorious, 1919.

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HMS Glorious, May 1937.

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HMS Glorious

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HMS Glorious

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The crew of HMS Glorious - picture supplied by Mr Colbeck.

HMS Glorious.

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Eric Alfred Hermans of HMS Glorious, lost on 9th June 1940 with the ship. 

The memorial in Morden, Dorset, to the parishes war dead, including the Captain of HMS Glorious, Captain Guy D'Oyly Hughes. Contributed by Vernon M.