HMS Triumph
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Feb. 21, 2022

I served in HMS Triumph from 1964 until 1967 which was based in Singapore as a maintenance ship, during this time, we were deployed to Mombassa to maintain ships employed on Biera patrol. Can you recall what date we returned to Singapore?

Many thanks,
Gordon Alexander

Mar. 14, 2020

I have some Photos of HMS Triumph taken by me in summer 1955 at Aabenraa Fjord of this ship. Do you know why Aabenraa, Denmark was chosen for a visit? What was the exact date for the visit?

Best regards,
Hans Christian Elberg
Former lecturer Danish Naval Academy

Sept. 3, 2017

I hope this may enlighten the where about of the HMS Triumph bell. I was recently scaffolding a bell tower at Queen Mary's grammar school at Walsall and came across the bell in the tower.

Shaun Mooney

June 29, 2013

The question I have is whether you would have an idea where the ship's bell might be? Or do you suppose it would simply have gone when she was broken up? I ask because my father served on her in about 1946-9, and I was christened on her in 1949.

With best wishes,
Nick Rawlins
(Professor JNP Rawlins, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Oxford University)

Dec. 1, 2011

In the course of family history research I have been in contact with my late mother's cousins' families. There were twin brothers, Donald & Duncan Cowx from Birmingham, who both served in the Navy in WW2. Both are now deceased, but Donald's widow, Iris, last year lent me a collection of photographs and cuttings connected with their wartime service.

I have scanned these and enhanced them as far as possible, using Photoshop and Lightroom. Triumph 4 was especially faded. Donald served on HMS Delhi, which Iris believes was the most bombed ship in the Navy. He also served on the carrier HMS Triumph and at the end of the war on a yet to be identified ship which was delivered to the Canadian Navy in Montreal. I have pictures of all of these.

Iris said that Duncan had a quiet war. But he served on HMS Bonaventure, which was the mother ship for attacks by miniature submarines on the Tirpitz. I believe that it was the most decorated ship in the Navy. I have pics of that too.

The pictures of the Triumph seen below mainly show a visit to Southampton, including a march through the streets of the town. (One of the shops can be identified as a Southampton one) There is also a rather grotty one of her leaving the Wear for trials. You will appreciate that they are all newspaper pictures. They may need acknowledgement, but are probably out of copyright.

I hope these will be of interest and can be placed on your website and hopefully on Wikipedia too. I will send the other pictures once these are acknowledged.

Kind regards,
Roger Brian

Newspaper article showing HMS Triumph leaving for sea trials.

Newspaper article showing HMS Triumph arriving at Southampton, England.

HMS Triumph at Southampton, England.

HMS Triumph at Southampton, England.

Parade through Southampton.

Newspaper article showing HMS Triumph arriving at Southampton, England.

Mar. 9, 2010

My dad served on HMS Triumph from 67 to 69 in Singers. During that time he made a silver hovercraft for the Prince Sihanouk of Cambodia before the Camere Rouge took over and also made a dolphin and bell (something that the bellmakers said was incredible as he had no experience). I was extremely lucky to be there during this time. The Redhouse at HMS Terror where the Japanese executed their prisoners.

One of my deepest memories was visiting the Little Sisters of the Poor home, where we met a woman whose husband had worked for the government when the Japanese invaded Singapore. Her husband had wanted her to leave, on the last ship!! Which we know was bombed. That aside, she refused to leave and as a result when her child was born the Japanese threw it up in the air and it fell on a sword. Her husband was tortured to death and she never left.

I was only 10 when I went and 12 upon return to the UK... the impressions I learnt from being there have lived with me all my life. Not all bad! I guess in my life I would call it my paradise. Am I being sarcastic? perhaps a little. I remember the Melbourne in the dockyard after it had sliced the Frank E. Evans in half and all the Aussie sailors looking like zombies on the deck.

Being punished at Bourne School, more for being a Navy sprog, than an Army brat!! It was the first time that I learned about class distinction, being an officers daughter! To this day I have never forgotten that lesson and in my life I feel that everyone has their own skills. Each of us is blessed with the ability to do certain jobs or take turns in life that others are not No person is better than anyone else!! I do believe that I have more memories of those days if you wish them.

Warmest wishes,
Ann Holden (Newton)

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