HMS Anson (1940)
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July 19, 2020

My father, James Henry Elliott, (Jim) served as a Royal Marine aboard the HMS Anson between 5th December 1944 and 15th September 1946. I unfortunately only have a few black and white photos three of them showing the signing of the surrender of the Japanese forces, a couple showing some sort of fancy dress parade possibly the crossing of the equator. (Showing in the HMS Anson photo gallery.)I don't know if I was told that or imagined it? And a couple of the Anson taken from shore one of which was taken in Sydney. Also one photo of a good friend serving at the same time and on the back in my mums writing is "Ben, our best man" unfortunately mum is no longer with us to ask.

Kind Regards
Jeff Elliott

James Henry Elliott, R.M.


Sept. 16, 1945: Major General Unekichi Okada and Vice Admiral Uitaaro Fujita prepare to sign the Instrument of Surrender at Government House, Hong Kong.

May 8, 2020

It seemed appropriate to send this message today as I have spent the day thinking of my late father. His name was Frank Halsey and he served on HMS Anson. Sadly I do not know much more than that, but do have some photos taken during service in Japan and Australia. Would be great to find any relatives of anyone who served alongside my Dad.

Kind regards,
Neil Halsey

May 23, 2018

I would dearly love to hear from anyone who has any information pictures or stories about my grandad Ted Richmond who served on HMS Anson and started as a stoker and became CPO (or so I am informed?) He was my inspiration as a small child and I sadly lost him at aged 10 in 1976 to asbestosis. I am currently going through some counseling for depression and he has come up in my sessions so I would love to know more about this part of his life as he seldom talked about his time in service. 

Bob Chambers

July 24, 2017

It is my sad duty to inform you that my grandad, Eric Bacon, a petty officer on the Anson passed away at 0430 this morning peacefully in his sleep at age 89. His funeral is Monday 7th August 2017 at 10:30 at Lawnswood Crematorium, Leeds, West Yorkshire should anyone wish to attend.

Robert Appleyard

Oct. 20, 2016

I am trying to find out any information on my father, Harry Holdsworth, I understand he was a petty officer on the HMS ANSON. He was in Sydney with the Pacific fleet in 1945, went to Hong Kong on the surrender of the Japanese. I believe he also went to Hobart and Sydney before being demobbed. I don't have his service number, but would appreciate any information you can give me. Thank you in anticipation. I am trying to get to the UK this year, so any help would be very helpful in filling in a few blanks.  

David Holdswort-McDougall

June 26, 2015

I am researching my father's family tree, his name was Reginald Frank Trigwell. I have gotten so far but cannot proceed any further into his naval career because I do not have his service number. I know he served on HMS Anson during WWII and was demobbed in 1946. Any info would be wonderful.

Tony Trigwell

May 27, 2010

My dear late dad was a gunner on the Anson during the second world war, I believe, I wondered if there is anyone who remembers him or any record of his service on this ship - would you be able to assist please? His name was Bob Shakespeare (Although his name on his birth certificate was shown as Herbert)

Many thanks,
Mrs. Julie Bunn

Bob Shakespeare.

Aug. 31, 2007

Great photographs of Anson. I served on board during WWII. I am Sec/Editor HMS Anson Association. Anyone who served on the old girl between the years 1942 - 49 would be welcomed Aboard.

Fred Bangert

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