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HMS Renown

   HMS Renown was built by Fairfield at Govan, Scotland and was commissioned on the 20th of September 1916. In the 1920s she was reconstructed to increase her armour protection and in 1930s a second reconstruction was much more thorough. The ship frequently conveyed royalty on their foreign tours and served as flagship of the Battlecruiser Squadron when Hood was refitting.

During the Second World War, Renown was involved in the search for the Admiral Graf Spee in 1939, participated in the Norwegian Campaign of April–June 1940 and the search for the German battleship Bismarck in 1941. She spent much of 1940 and 1941 assigned to Force H at Gibraltar, escorting convoys and she participated in the inconclusive Battle of Cape Spartivento. Renown was briefly assigned to the Home Fleet and provided cover to several Arctic convoys in early 1942. The ship was transferred back to Force H for Operation Torch and spent much of 1943 refitting or transporting Winston Churchill and his staff to and from various conferences with various Allied leaders. In early 1944, Renown was transferred to the Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean where she supported numerous attacks on Japanese-occupied facilities in Indonesia and various island groups in the Indian Ocean. The ship returned to the Home Fleet in early 1945 and was refitted before being placed in reserve after the end of the war. Renown was sold for scrap on the 19th of March 1948.


13th Jul 1941 Convoy

27th Jul 1941 Convoy

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HMS Renown

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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L.Sig. George William Pickett HMS Cyclops

Not a lot is known about George Pickett's sevice days. He was on HMS Renown and He said whilst on HMS Renown, they brought Winston Churchill from Nova Scotia to the United Kingdom. On George's 21st Birthday in 1944, his address was 101 Mess, HMS Cyclops. In February 1946, in St. Rodeaux, he joined the Atheling as crew and sailed to Australia.

Michael Gilmore

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

Gnr. John Cramphorn HMS Renown

My grandfather was a gunner on HMS Renown in WWII.


Jack Rogers HMS Renown

My dad, Jack Rogers, served on HMS Renown from approximately 1942 to 1946.

Michael Rogers

Gnr. Eric Hodgkinson HMS Renown

My father served as a gunner on HMS Renown in WWII.


Able.Sea. George Robert "Bob" Collis HMS Havelock

My father, George Robert Collis, served in the Royal Navy from 19 February 1942 to 29 May 1946
  • HMS Collingwood - Ordinary Seaman - 19/2/1942 - 12/5/1942
  • HMS Victory - Ordinary Seaman - 13/5/1942 - 22/8/1942
  • HMS Havelock H88 Ordinary & Able Seaman - 7/9/1942 - 8/3/1945
  • HMS Victory - Able Seaman - 9/3/1945 - 19/4/1945
  • HMS Nimrod - Able Seaman - 20/4/1945 - 6/7/1945
  • HMS Osprey - Able Seaman - 7/7/1945 - 27/7/1945
  • HMS Hastings - Able Seaman - 28/7/1945 - 28/10/1945
  • HMS Osprey - Able Seaman - 29/10/1945 - 31/10/1945
  • HMS Caroline - Able Seaman - 1/11/1945 - 31/12/1945
  • HMS Victory - Able Seaman - 1/1/1946 - 29/5/1946

Whilst his naval record does not show him having served on HMS Renown in the photograph I have of him in naval uniform he is wearing the cap from Renown, I can only assume he was on loan to the ship at the time.

Yvonne Waterson

George Victor Mann HMS Renown

My father, George Victor Mann, served in the Royal Navy from the 13th of February 1939 until 1945. He served on HMS Renown from the 13th of February 1939 as Stoker 2nd Class, he was promoted on the 31st of January 1940 Stoker 1st Class, and on the 17th of October 1942 to Leading Stocker. In 1943 he transferred to HMS Bellwort and was promoted again on the 17th of June 1944 to Stoker Petty Officer. In 1944 and 1945 he was onboard HMS Orion.

Wayne Mann

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