HMS Kent

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HMS KENT.  Built at Chatham Dockyard and laid down 15th November 1924, Launched 16th March 1926 and completed 22nd June 1928. HMS Kent was reconstructed in 1935 and 1939 with a 4.5 inch cemented armour belt being increased for 6 feet below the waterline. a a 4-inch internal armour was added to the fan compartments to the boiler rooms. during reconstruction the ship also has its 2 pdr pompoms replaced by 2 octuples pompoms.  HMS Kent served in the East Indies 1939 to 1940, Home Fleet v1941 - 1944  and went into the reserve in 1945. Finally scrapped at Troon and broken up January 1948.

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Displacement:  9,850 tons     Speed: 31.5kt    Complement: 679 increasing to 710 as Flagship.

Armament: Eight 8 inch guns in pairs. Eight 4 inch anti-aircraft guns in pairs and eight 2pdr anti-aircraft guns in pairs plus eight 0.5 machine guns in pairs.   Sixteen 21 inch torpedo tubes. 1 aircraft

Thanks to Mr. I Evans for the photographs below of H.M.S. KENT taken whilst A/B I D EVANS R.D.F. was serving on her from April 1943 until January 1945. The visits by Field Marshall and King George took place whilst they were in Scapa Flow.

HMS Kent 16th March 1926 Sold and broken up 1948.

HMS Kent photographed at Wei Hai Wei in 1928

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HMS Kent

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HMS Kent, Saigon, 1939.

My grandfather Sidney Tilley served on the Kent while she was commissioned in china 1938 - 1940. After over 2 years away at sea and traveling to what he thought home, the Kent was torpedoed off Bardia. He was killed. he was 30yrs old.  Through research I have found that there was cine film held at the imperial war museum and went there for a private viewing with my family. We looked at rolls of cine film for the years that he served on her. We actually saw him, he was taking part in a rowing regatta. The surprising thing to us was that the footage was in colour. It was all filmed privately by Captain Blundell. We had the footage copied onto videotape. Also I obtained a copy of the ships logs for the time leading up to my Grandfathers death and afterwards. These were very interesting. I didn't realise you could do that. I have attached a photo of the Kent in Saigon 1939 (above).   Maybe what I have told will be of interest to anyone who had relatives on the Kent or wants other avenues to research!    

Royal Visit by King George
Visit by Montgomery

Ship's Mascots.

The Kent was sent on its own to Archangel (now called Arkhangel?sk) in Russia; the rumour was that they were delivering a shipment of gold bullion. They had an Admiral on board for the trip which was unusual. He was presented with the reindeer by a senior official in Archangel and brought it back to the U.K. It ended up in Edinburgh zoo. Ivor says that on the return trip announcements would come over the ships address system, ?Reindeer clean-up party fall in? 

Daphne the seal, who died on June 13th 1943.

My Grandfather Robert Edmonds served on HMS Kent in the early forties & made his way to petty officer, I'm interested on hearing from anyone who served with or remembers him from his time in the navy. Robert ( Bobby ) sadly past away 5 years past leaving his wife & our grandmother Margaret, also my mothers name. I have loads more pics if interested, also something else which may be of interest to his ex shipmates, relating to, was it Daphne the seal was called.   Hoping for reply's, his Grandson Kevin.

Some of the photos sent in are shown below.