HMS Cornwallis
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May 6, 2013

My father, Leonard Cockburn Dundas Irvine, served as Surgeon R.N.V.R  from January 1915 to January 1916.  We have his letters written to his Mother during this period giving details of many of the battles which he appeared to watch from the crows nest through his binoculars. 

Jennie Capel-Jones (nee Irvine)

Nov. 4, 2012

My grandfather James William Gwyther was on the Cornwallis during WW1. He was in the Dardenelles.  I have a photo of him in Uniform. He was born in 1880 and was from Angle, near Pembroke.  He went on to work on trawlers out of Milford Haven. He died in 1966.

Jayne McNaughton

Nov. 23, 2009

Came across your website and message board regarding HMS Cornwallis. My Grandfather, ERNEST LOVE JENNINGS served on the ship during WW1. He was an Engineer (Artificer). He took part in the Dardanelles campaign but said very little about his experiences. He was torpedoed twice during the war - once on the Cornwallis. I wondered if you had any further information about battle honours etc for HMS Cornwallis.

Yvonne James

Sept. 26, 2009

My great uncle Frederick Pickering Lieutenant RNR served on HMS Cornwallis in 1916 /17 until it was sunk.

Anita Campbell

Mar. 7, 2008

I have just found out that William Evans, my great great grandfathers' brother served on HMS Cornwallis from 1841 to 1844. He was an Ordinary Seaman according to his Mate's Certificate (dated 15th Dec 1855). I have found some information about the ship on various web sites. Try Wikipedia, Cornwallis Museum site (Nova scotia, Canada) and the William Loney R.N. site. The ship was engaged by an American sloop USS Hornet on 27th April 1815. She was also in the first Anglo-Chinese war (The Opium War). The Treaty of Nanjing was signed aboard her!! I hope that this helps.

Byron Evans

Nov. 18, 2007

I have just found your most interesting web site. I am the commanding officer of TS CORNWALLIS. I am trying to establish the battle honours for HMS CORNWALLIS. I have tried through the RN Trophy Store at Portsmouth but they hold no information as the last ship of the name was sunk. Can anyone help with the battle honours for CORNWALLIS as I would very much like to display them at the unit. Secondly, the previous HMS CORNWALLIS 1813 ended her life at Sheerness and had been renamed WILDFIRE. There is a figurehead belonging to HMS WILFDFIRE which is preserved in the St Georges centre at Chatham [what was the HMS PEMBROKE church].  Would anyone have any information as to the history of the figurehead and was it originally from HMS CORNWALLIS prior to the name change to HMS WILDFIRE when she became the commissioned depot ship at Sheerness. Any assistance would be very much appreciated.

Kind Regards, Stephen G Small
Sub Lieutenant Royal Naval Reserve
Commanding Officer Medway Towns SCU

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