HMS Prince of Wales 1902

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HMS Prince of Wales of the London Class of Battleships. HMS Prince of Wales was built at Chatham Dockyard, laid down on the 20th march 1901 and launched on the 25th of March 1902, and completed in 1904. HMS Prince of Wales differed  (along with HMS Queen) from the rest of the Class by having amidships open 12 pounder gun batteries. From joining the Royal navy she served until May 1906 in the Mediterranean fleet, then returning to Britain  to join the Commissioned reserve at Portsmouth to be refitted, After refit in September returning to the |Mediterranean as Flagship of rear admiral, until November 1908 when she joined the Atlantic fleet as C-in-C's Flagship and from May 1912 Flagship of Vice Admiral  of 3rd battle squadron, 1st Fleet and then Flagship of the 2nd Fleet at Portsmouth, Between 1912 and 1914 HMS Prince of Wales joined 5th battle squadron and from the outbreak of world war one joined the Channel patrols. In may 1915 she was sent to the Dardanelle's to support the Anzac landings on the 25th April 1915. going to the Adriatic  with three of her sister ships on 12th may 1915, before retuning to Britain to serve in Harbour service at the beginning of 1918.

Displacement: 14,150 tons load and   deep load 15,400 tons  Speed: 18 knots    Compliment: 714   Armament: Four 12 -inch Guns in Pairs, twelve 6 -inch Q/F single guns,   Sixteen 12 pounder single guns (Q/F)  Six 3 pounder QF and four 18 - inch submerged Torpedo Tubes.

The Launch of the Prince of Wales at Chatham in 1902.

The Prince of Wales before completion.

Launched at Chatham on the 25th march 1902, served in the Mediterranean until may 1906 when she returned to the commissioned reserve fleet at Portsmouth for refit. returning the the Mediterranean in September 1906 as flagship of the rear admiral until November 1908 when she was transferred to the Atlantic Fleet as C-in-c Flagship. In May 1912 she became flagship to the vice admiral of the 3rd battle squadron, 1st fleet then at Portsmouth as flagship of the Rear Admiral of 2nd Fleet. between 1912 until the outbreak of war in 1914 she served with the 5th Battle squadron. from August 1914 served on Channel patrols, transferring to the Dardanelles in may2 1915. including the Anzac landing of the 25th April 1915. she transferred to the Adriatic on the 12th may 1915 until January 1918 serving with her three sister ships. on returning she was reduced to harbour service eventually being sold and scrapped  21st September 1921.

HMS Prince of Wales, 1907.

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HMS Prince of Wales.

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HMS Prince of Wales.

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Crew members of HMS Prince of Wales.

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HMS Prince of Wales

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Members of the crew of HMS Prince of Wales at Dover in 1909 showing sporting trophies won by this team Sport unknown.

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I am responding to your request for photos of crew men on the battleship Prince of Wales. The attached photo (left) is of my granddad who served on the ship from 1913 to 1916 he was aged  16 to 19 his name was John Marper from Leeds ,West Yorkshire. it was said that he was rescued after spending 72 hours in the North Atlantic, I dont know if it was while serving on this ship I am having great difficulty finding out about it.I have got his service record but it makes no mention of this incident. bushberry@tiscali.co.uk

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HMS Prince Of Wales

The Picture opposite was sent to us courtesy of Roger Luke who believes that the larger gentleman is his grandfather Jack (John) Luke and is interested to know if anyone has a crew list.

 

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