Royal Sovereign

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HMS Royal Sovereign

HMS Royal Sovereign was built by Parsons at Portsmouth and launched 29th May 1915 and commissioned in May 1916, she joined the 1st Battle Squadron of the Grand Fleet but missed the Battle of Jutland In 1919 she joined the Atlantic in 1919.  During World War Two, Royal Sovereign was in the Home fleet during 1939 and Atlantic convoy duty in 1940-1941. Due to her poor condition she spent September 1942 till September 1943 in refit in the United States, after her refit she spent just one month in the Indian Ocean and then returned home She went into reserve, but was loaned to the USSR (becoming the Archangels). She sailed for Mumansk on Convoy duty on the 17th August 1944. and returned to Rosyth in 1949 and scrapped at Inverkeithing.

Only HMS Revenge and HMS Royal Oak took part in the battle of Jutland.

Displacement: 28,500 without bulges, 30,100   Speed: 21.0 knots  Range: 4,200 at 10 knots  Compliment: 920

Armament: Eight 15-inch guns in pairs and fourteen 6 -inch guns.  Two 3 inch Anti Aircraft Guns.

 

HMS Royal Sovereign

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The photographs above are courtesy of Don Cross whose father served on Royal Sovereign.

My father took these photographs during his tour of duty on H. M. S. Royal Sovereign between August 1941 and August 1942. As a Sub-Lieutenant (E) Raymond H. C. Cross, joined Royal Sovereign as an Engineer Officer on 6th August 1941 at Greenock, Scotland. He sailed with Royal Sovereign to the Indian Ocean in November 1941 via Freetown, Sierra Leone and Durban, South Africa, and served escort duty out of Mombasa, Trincomalee, Addu Atoll and Bombay. He was on board when Royal Sovereign escorted the last convoy into Singapore before it fell to the Japanese on 15th February 1942.

He subsequently served on H. M. S. Adamant out of Colombo, and on H. M. S. Cleopatra. He was on board when the Commander-in-Chief received the surrender of Singapore from the Japanese on Cleopatra on 3rd September 1945.

HMS Royal Sovereign.

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HMS Royal Sovereign, 1918.

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HMS Royal Sovereign, 1918.

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HMS Royal Sovereign, July 1935.

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HMS Royal Sovereign, July 1935.

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HMS Royal Sovereign, July 1935.

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HMS Royal Sovereign, June 1938.

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HMS Royal Sovereign, June 1938.

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HMS Royal Sovereign, June 1938.

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HMS Royal Sovereign.

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HMS Royal Sovereign.

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Duffy, Johnson from London and Joe Connell

HMS Royal Sovereign. 

The Royal Sovereign Firing Salvoes of 15 inch Guns

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 Royal Sovereign.