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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
4th Aug 1941 Convoy arrives
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Those known to have sailed in
during the Second World War 1939-1945.
- Collis George Robert. Able.Sea.
- Cramphorn John. Gnr.
- Hodgkinson Eric. Gnr.
- Pickett George William. L.Sig.
- Rogers Jack.
- Wood Bertram. Stoker 1/Cl. (d.1942)
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L.Sig. George William Pickett HMS CyclopsNot 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 RenownMy grandfather was a gunner on HMS Renown in WWII.Marie
Jack Rogers HMS RenownMy dad, Jack Rogers, served on HMS Renown from approximately 1942 to 1946.Michael Rogers
Gnr. Eric Hodgkinson HMS RenownMy father served as a gunner on HMS Renown in WWII.Erica
Able.Sea. George Robert "Bob" Collis HMS HavelockMy father, George Robert Collis, served in the Royal Navy from 19 February 1942 to 29 May 1946
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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
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