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HMS Ramilies


HMS Ramillies, a Revenge Class, was launched on the 12th September 1916 having been built by Wm Beardmore & Company Dalmuir. During the Second World War HMS Ramillies was involved in the bombardment of Bardia,the Battle of Cape Teudada and the bombardment of Diego Saurez (Madagascar), where 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 between Arrowmanche and Caen, as well as bombardment of Southern France.

The ship was scrapped at Cairn Ryan in 1948. Outside the Imperial War Museum stand two 15-inch guns, one of which is from Ramillies and the other from Resolution.


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Those known to have sailed in

HMS Ramilies

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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William Melland HMS Ramilies

My Grandfather served on the Ramillies during its tour in the Indian Ocean, his name was William (Bill) Melland, I know very little about his service as he never talked about it when he was alive, I am currently attempting to aquire his service details from the admiralty, easier said than done.

christian gilbride

William Humphreys HMS Ramillies

I am writing on behalf of my Grandad, William Humphreys. He served on HMS Ramillies during the war. I have noticed Arthur Popejoy's name on the crew list, he was my Grandad's best friend throughout this time and has obviously lost contact since. Does anyone have any information about Arthur? Any contacts at all would be very much appreciated.

Simon Humphreys

Stoker William Edward Melland HMS Ramillies

I believe my grandfather, William Melland served upon the HMS Ramillies, hearing that he'd been sunk on HMS Iron Duke previously, as a very gallant Stoker and only being of roughly 3 survivors of the sinking, he was rewarded the duty of chief Stoker upon HMS Ramillies serving the Queen and country and surviving. He died in 1982 aged 82, in my opinion, he was a magnificent man that helped us all in our British freedom from Hitler. R.I.P all that gave so much.

Hugh Gilbride

PO. Cyril John Benny HMS Dorsetshire

My father, Cyril John "Jack" Benny, served on HMS Dorsetshire from sometime prior to the Bismark action until the sinking in April 1942, a non-swimmer he was assisted to some floating wreckage until rescued with the other survivors. I am not quite sure what happened next but he did spend a fair amount of 1942/43 in East Africa, Kenya/Mombasa before returning to England late 1943 or early 1944 to join the Ramilies in time to be involved with the shelling of northern France on D Day. He passed away on September 21st 1996, without ever telling his full story.

Nick Benny

L/.Sea William Humphreys HMS Ramillies

I served aboard HMS Ramillies from 1941 to 1945.

William Humphries

Stoker 1/Cl. Bertram Wood DSM HMS Ark Royal (d.1942)

My grandfather, Bertram Wood DSM, served in the Royal Navy from 1924 until April 1942, when he was killed. He served in HMS Ark Royal, HMS Royal Sovereign, HMS Pembroke, HMS Chatham, HMS Repulse, HMS Renown, HMS Ramillies, HMS Valiant, HMS Pegasus, HMS Ajax and HMS Havock.

Carol Broomfield

Robert May HMS Ramillies

My grandfather, Robert May was on HMS Ramillies, that is all I know of his naval service. I have a photo of her titled Marius Bar, Toulon, which belonged to my grandfather.

David Mckenna

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