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HMS Malaya

   HMS Malaya (Queen Elizabeth Class), was built by Armstrongs in 1916. Her compliment was approx 1300. She was armed with eight 15-inch Guns and 12 6-inch guns and 8 4-inch A.A Guns 16 2-pdr AA Guns and 1 aircraft. She weighed 33,000 tons and was powered by Parsons turbines which developed 75,000 HP, giving her a top speed of 25 knots.

She took part in the Battle of Jutland and sustained eight hits.

During World War Two, she was in the Mediterranean during 1940 and took part in operations against the Italian Fleet. She was also involved in Convoy escort duties of the West African Coast. On the 20th March 1941 during these operations she was torpedoed by U-106 , repairs were carried out in the USA. Between July 1941 and the summer of 1943, she was involved again in Convoy protection between the UK and Malta and also from Cape Town to the UK.

She was scrapped at Faslane in Scotland on the 12th April 1948.


June 1945 

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HMS Malaya

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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Stoker William Albert Hadfield HMS Malaya

I would like to find out about my father, William Hadfield who served as a Stoker on HMS Malaya during the second world war.

J. Marshall

PO. Robert Springett HMS Malaya

My father, P.O Bob Springett, served on HMS Malaya from 1937 until 1941, finally leaving her whilst she was in Brooklyn Navy Yard for repair after being torpedoed. Just after he joined her in '37 she was in collision with a merchant ship off Oporto and they came back to the UK for repairs. Whilst repairs were being carried out Dad was transferred to HMS Revenge which took part in the Review of the Fleet at Spithead. My mother, brother and I were taken around the assembled ships before having tea on board Revenge.

A commission in those days was for 2 1/2 years and Dad was due home in '39 to come out on pension. However, the war changed all that, and the next time I saw him was in 1941! I should be pleased to hear of anyone else with family connection with the Malaya at about this time.

Robert Springett Jnr.

PO. Alvin George Scott HMS Malaya (d.14th May 1943)

Alvin Scott was my uncle and died before I was born. It was belived that he died on board the HMS Malaya as a result of an accident whilst using a gun turrett. Alvin is buried at the war grave in the Orkney Islands and the photo's were taken a couple of years ago by his great nephew.

Alyson Ashton

Sgnlmn. William Moffat 3rd Indian Signals Royal Corps of Signals

T.A. Dunbar, July 1939  A Johnstone, Bunny Inglis, D McRae,W. Moffat & P Keenan

P Keenan,W Moffat, ??, Bunny Inglis, A Johnstone,Andy Smith & D McRae

About 1948

William Moffat was born in 1920 and joined the Territorial Army in 1939. He was with 11th Corps in 1941 and on the 28th of July embarked for Singapore on the R C of S Malaya. A Letter, not dated and censored, on active service reveals Willie was en route to the far East and had a few days on shore before continuing his journey. On the 5th of October he joined 3 Indian Corps Sigs. A letter written 12th of October 1941 from 18th Technical Maintenance Section- 3rd (s) Corps Signals, Malaya describes the town in which he was billeted, people, dance hall, food and tigers.

On the 15th of February 1942 he was listed as missing in Malaya: William Moffat 072 1/4300 Sgmn 3 Corps Sigs Fitter He was held in Changi and transferred to Blakan Mati on the 5th of November 1943. His first letter as a free man is dated 7th of September 1945 and was written from No.2 Camp R.A.P.W.I, HQ SE AC. In a letter written 5th of October 1915 he states "Journey home was on Nieuw Holland ,bathing in the Suez, eating cream doughnuts, due in Liverpool 16th October, put on 2 stone 6, got a bit of beri-beri." He was repatriated on the 15th of October 1945 and became a Territorial Reserve Signalman on the 20th of July 1946. He was transferred to R.E.M.E on the 1st of July 1951

Avril Anderson

Pte. Frederick Thomas Ford 2nd Btn. Loyal (North Lancs) Regiment (d.20th January 1942)

My great uncle, Private Frederick Ford, served with the 2nd Btn. Loyal (North Lancs) Regiment in Malaya and is buried at the Kranji War Cemetery. I have tried to research what action the Loyal Regiment were involved in on the date of his death - 20th January 1942 - but it isn't really clear. However, there are several references to the Loyal Regiment 2nd battalion on the net. One such site is

Ron Hall

Reginald Wilkinson

My grandfather, Reginald Wilkinson,served with the British Army during the 2nd World War. He died in 1989. He was reluctant to talk about his experiences, but I feel as though I would like to understand. The only facts I have are these: He served in India, Burma and Malaysia. He survived. I believe he was involved in establishing radio communication. I realise this is very little information. Does anyone remember Reg or know someone who did?


Lt. S. H. Barrow HMS Malaya

I have a very good friend down the road from me who was on the HMS Malaya. I would love to see if any of his friends are about to surprise him. He served as LT SCC C H Barrow, also I do not know how long he served on the HMS Malaya.

John Collins

Sub.Lt. Brian N. T. Lloyd HMS Malaya

MS Malaya in convoy from the UK to the Med. in 1942. 82 mear misses.

My late uncle, Brian N.T.Lloyd, joined the Royal Navy prior to WW2 and served as a Midshipman and Sub Lieutenant on HMS Malaya. In 1941 he was in Fort St Angelo, Malta where he joined the submarine HMS Urge for a mission to Sciliy to pick up a secret agent. Alas, he never returned from that mission.

Christopher Lloyd

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