HMS Ramillies

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Royal naval battleship HMS Ramillies. Battleship website dedicated to the history of HMS Ramillies from launch to participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of HMS Ramillies.

HMS RAMILLIES.

Built at Beardmore and completed at Cammell Laird. HMS Ramillies was launched on the 12th September 1916.. During World War Two HMS Ramillies took part in the bombardment of Bardia, August 18th 1940. She also took part in the Battle of Cape Teudada. On the 7th May 1942 in the bombardment of Diego Saurez (Madagascar) she was torpedoed by Japanese midget submarine on the 30th May 1942. After repairs she took part in the bombardment of German positions during D-Day as well as bombardment of Southern France She was scrapped at Cairn Ryan on the 23rd April 1948, and finally scrapping Ramillies Hull was finished at Troon October 1949

Compliment 1146, Armament 8 15-inch Guns (4 x 2) 12 6-inch guns. 8 4-inch A.A Guns and 16 . 2 pounder AA guns and one aircraft.  Displacement 29,150 tons, Speed 21.5 knots

HMS Ramillies, 1915.

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HMS Ramillies, October 1917.

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HMS Ramillies, 1919.

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HMS Ramillies, 1919.

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HMS Ramillies, 1920.

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HMS Ramillies, 1920.

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HMS Ramillies, July 1935.

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HMS Ramillies, July 1935.

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HMS Ramillies, 1935.

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HMS Ramillies, 1920.

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HMS Ramillies, 1938.

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HMS Ramillies, with HMS Royalist and others, May 1947.

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HMS Ramillies, August 1927.

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HMS Ramillies, August 1927.

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HMS Ramillies.

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HMS Ramillies.

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HMS Revenge (no. 5) with sister ship HMS Royal Sovereign (no.3) and HMS Resource (no.2), HMS London (no.4) and HMS Queen Elizabeth (no. 6) with HMS Ramillies in dock (no.1). Ships pictured in Valetta Harbour. 

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HMS Ramillies.

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A view of the four foremost 15 inch guns on board HMS Ramiliies

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One of the planes on HMS Ramillies  

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HMS Ramillies, Malta c.1920.

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HMS Ramillies.

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Some of Ramillies crew while in Hong Kong  

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Some of Ramillies crew while in Hong Kong  

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HMS Ramillies. July 1937.

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 My father able seaman Arthur Popejoy who served on the Ramillies from 1942-45 left me these photos (below). The photos are of other ships and deck scenes /prisoners of war/ shipmates as well as the places of Port of call which were Cape Town/ Durban / Madagascar-Diego Suarez.   Michael Popejoy.  Thanks to Michael for these great photos.

Christmas on Ramillies 1942.

Aboard HMS Ramillies

Either HMS Ramillies or HMS Resolution

Prisoners of War on HMS Ramillies

HMS RAMILLIES.

Built at Beardmore and completed at Cammell Laird. HMS Ramillies was launched on the 12th September 1916.. During World War Two HMS Ramillies took part in the bombardment of Bardia, August 18th 1940. She also took part in the Battle of Cape Teudada. On the 7th May 1942 in the bombardment of Diego Saurez (Madagascar) she was torpedoed by Japanese midget submarine on the 30th May 1942. After repairs she took part in the bombardment of German positions during D-Day as well as bombardment of Southern France She was scrapped at Cairn Ryan on the 23rd April 1948, and finally scrapping Ramillies Hull was finished at Troon October 1949

Compliment 1146, Armament 8 15-inch Guns (4 x 2) 12 6-inch guns. 8 4-inch A.A Guns and 16 . 2 pounder AA guns and one aircraft.  Displacement 29,150 tons, Speed 21.5 knots

The following story is donated by Joseph Hayes Todd whose father, Robert William Todd serving on USS Duntroon in 1942, participated in the food fight:

During February, 1942, my father, Robert William Todd, a soldier in the U.S. Army Air Corp, was at sea for about one month (his estimate) en route from Melbourne, Australia to Colombo, Ceylon.  During this time the meals aboard ship were the same three orbs each day: a boiled potato, a boiled egg and an orange.    Breakfast, lunch and dinner, day after day.

Finally his ship arrived in port at Colombo and tied up next to the HMS Ramillies.   They crews began talking back and forth and someone on the Duntroon tossed an orange, egg or potato at the crew of the Ramillies.   Well, the crew of the Ramillies duly returned fire with same food item.   Quickly there was hundreds of salvos fired, pounds of food airborn at once, and a huge mess and a good laugh.

In the end, both crews had to clean the ships thoroughly, but what could commanders do, discipline thousands, or entire crews of two ships? Wasting government property (food) was a serious offense, at least on the U.S. side, but everyone seemed guilty.