HMS Jupiter

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HMS Jupiter.   Royal Naval battleship of the Majestic Class.  HMS Jupiter joined the Commissioned Reserve at Portsmouth in August 1905 and became part of the Home Fleet in 1908.  In 1909 - 1910 she was refitted with fire control and became gunnery TS at the Nore.  She became part of the 3rd Fleet at Pembroke and Devonport in January 1913.  At the outbreak of World War One she joined the 7th Battle Squadron as guard ship for the Humber.  In 1915 HMS Jupiter was sent to Archangel as an ice breaker, and became the first ship to arrive there so early in the year in February.  Returning to the Channel Fleet in 1915, she then served in the East Indies and Egypt before becoming an accommodation ship in 1918.

Armament: four 12 inch guns, twelve 6 inch guns, sixteen 12 pdr guns, twelve 3 pdr guns, 2 maxims, two 2pdr boat guns and five torpedo tubes.   Displacement: 14,900 tons.   Speed: 16.5 knots.   Complement: 757.

HMS Jupiter, 1897.

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HMS Jupiter in the thick of winter 1915

HMS Jupiter

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HMS Jupiter.

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HMS Jupiter leading formation, 1908.

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HMS Jupiter

HMS Jupiter.

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HMS Jupiter.

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HMS Jupiter on voyage to Russia, 1915.

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Augustus Louis Gilhen of HMS Jupiter.

Great grandfather of contributor David Gilhen.  Served on HMS Jupiter from August 2nd 1914, to May 19th 1915 as Chief Armourer.  Received the Russian Medal for Zeal in 1915 for the voyage shown opposite.  (Photo c.1890)

Crew of HMS Jupiter between August 1914 and May 1915.  John Edward Curtis (top right)

Contributed by Sally Walters (great granddaughter of John Edward Curtis). : There is a family story that he was awarded a medal by Russia for performing a rescue involving an iceberg, however I have no confirmation of that and there is nothing on his military record about this.  I hope the photo is of interest to someone.

James Rendell of HMS Jupiter.