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Battleship histories. Royal naval battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Warspite, HMS Valiant, HMS Malaya and HMS Barham. Battleship website dedicated to the history of HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Warspite, HMS Valiant, HMS Malaya and HMS Barham from their launch to their participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Warspite, HMS Valiant, HMS Malaya and HMS Barham.

Queen Elizabeth Class: HMS Warspite, HMS Valiant, HMS Malaya and HMS Barham were all present at he battle of Jutland where three received serious damage: HMS Barham was hit six times and underwent repairs for 5 weeks; HMS Malaya was hit eight times and was under repair for eight weeks while HMS Warspite was hit with nearly 15 shells and was close to foundering. After the battle all ships received an extra 1 inch of deck armour.

Displacement: 29,700   Speed: 23.0 knots   Compliment: 950 and up to 1,220 in 1918

Armament: Eight 15-inch guns in pairs and fourteen 6 -inch guns.  Two 3 inch Anti Aircraft Guns in 1917, two 4-inch anti aircraft guns.

HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH

HMS Queen Elizabeth was built at Portsmouth and re-engined at Fairfield and launched on the 16th October 1913. She was the sister ship to HMS Warspite, Valiant, Barham, and Malaya.  HMS Queen Elizabeth was the only ship of the class to have a full compliment of sixteen  6-inch guns, She was the only ship of the class not be be involved during  the Battle of Jutland. But her first world war service included being part of the Dardanelle's campaign. She bombarded the forts on the Narrows in the support of the Gallipoli landings between February 25th and May 14th 1915. She fired a total of 86 15-inch shells and 71 6-inch shells. The short supply of 15-inch shells and a direct order from the Admiralty not to ware out her guns. After the battle of Jutland (She was in refit at the Time,) She became the flagship of the Home Fleet in February 1917. HMS Queen Elizabeth had two major refits between the Wars.  At the start of World War II she was in the middle of her second refit, being reconstructed at Portsmouth, due to the chance of enemy bombing she was moved to Rosyth. Being completed and ready for service in May 1941. HMS Queen Elizabeth was transferred to The Mediterranean fleet.  It was at Alexandria, along with her sister ship HMS Valiant that both ships were mined by Italian Frogmen. HMS Queen Elizabeth sank in shallow water, raised and temporarily repaired. But due to the serious damage she had sustained she was transferred to the US Navy Yard in Norfolk, being repaired there between September 1942 till 1st June 1943.

She joined the Eastern fleet and In January 1944 onwards was joined by HMS Valiant and took part in the carrier raids in Indonesia against Japanese bases.  Returning to Britain in July 1945. and finally scrapped at Dalmuir on the Clyde 7th July 1948 and at Troon (Hull only)

HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH 16TH OCTOBER 1913 SOLD FOR SCRAP 19TH MARCH 1948.
HMS WARSPITE 26TH NOVEMBER 1913 SOLD FOR SCRAP 12TH JULY 1946.
HMS VALIANT 4TH NOVEMBER 1914 SOLD FOR SCRAP 19TH MARCH 1948.
HMS BARHAM 31ST OCTOBER 1914 SUNK 25TH NOVEMBER 1941.
HMS MALAYA 18TH MARCH 1915 SOLD FOR SCRAP 20TH FEBRUARY 1948.
 

One of the Queen Elizabeth Class battleships in a heavy sea.

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One of the Queen Elizabeth Class battleships.

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A side view of one of the Queen Elizabeth Class battleships c.1912.

2nd B, South Atlantic Fleet.  HMS Barham, HMS Warspite, HMS Valiant and HMS Malaya.

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Queen Elizabeth Class

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HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Barham firing Royal Salute.

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Unknown Queen Elizabeth Class Battleship.

From the collection of Reginald Spencer Lear, who served on Caradoc, Hood, Warspite, Revenge, Thunderer and Isis, until his death on Isis in 1944.

 

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