HMS Warspite
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Feb. 9, 2011

My grandfather James Shackleton Illingworth served aboard HMS Warspite in around 1914-1918 and was stationed at Scapa Flow i believe. Is there anyway of finding a crew list to find him mentioned. I have a photo of him and his hat has HMS Warspite on it. I also have a photo of him with HMS Malaya on his hat. I look forward to hearing from you.

Paul Trevor,
Illingworth Blackpool, Lancashire, UK

Jan. 31, 2011

My mother has a watercolour painting by a F. W. Jackson dated 1942 that she has had since she was a little girl. She has told me that the artist was a crewman on HMS Warspite, who was injured and put on her ship (SS ORDUNA) when she was evacuated from Egypt. Has anyone any information about F. W. Jackson?

Many thanks,
Greg Ward

Jan. 20, 2011

I believe my grand father was a stoker on the WARSPITE early in her life, perhaps in the 1920/30, is there a way to confirm his service as he passed away many years ago. His name was William "Bill" Beesley and I would love to say I had the picture always on his wall but it was lost on the sale of his goods. He also severed in the New Zealand merchant navy and retired in South Australia. I am sorry this is very slim information, anything you can advise me would be helpful.

Kym Beesley

Jan. 19, 2011

My great grandfather served on the Warspite from 15 Jan 1920 - 2 Sept 1924, he was a Stoker Petty Officer and the Chief Stoker his name was William Henry Hines. I don't know if anybody has any record of him.

Allison Palmer
Portsmouth, UK

Dec. 8, 2010

My great grandfather served on HMS Warspite, able seaman Leslie Raymond Smith at around 1932. Unfortunately we do not know anything about him. I have been looking for a crew list but have not been able to find one on the internet. Would be very grateful if anyone has any information.

Thank you  
Sam Corby

Apr. 28, 2010

My father, Edward George "Ted" Hunt, served on HMS Warspite from 1917 - 1920 as a Gunner, RMA. He joined in November 1917 and went to the North Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean and Scapa Flow. He also went to the Baltic and North Russia and was in action with the Bolshevists at Murmansk. He was demobilised in April 1920 and holds the General Service Medal and Victory Medals. He lived at 15 Dayton Grove, Peckham. London. He passed away in 1963 aged 62years. If anyone served with him any information would be gratefully received so it can be added to our family tree.

Eve Ames

Jan. 11, 2010

My father Herman Willie Holden was a Chief Petty Officer on HMS Warspite from 07.06.1922 until 15.08.1924. We have in our family a pair of candlesticks which he made from some brass stanchions from the deck and he always said that when the naval Roman Catholic padre saw them he asked my father to make a pair for his chapel. I wonder where they are now? On my parent's wedding photograph he is in full naval uniform.

Margaret Barrett

Jan. 7, 2010

My grandfather was a stoker on HMS Warspite in WW1. Can I get any crew list or information. His name was John Tyrrell but known as Jack or sometimes Arthur.

Roger Tyrrell

Sept. 15, 2009

My interest in the HMS Warspite raised this question. What was the Warspites' International Call Sign?

Allan in NY

Sept. 12, 2009

I am doing some family research and I am wondering if it's possible to get any information on crew lists. My wife's great grandad served on the HMS Warspite in 1917 and it would be good to find out any information on him. Any information would be greatly received as it's been hard so work so far...

David R. Morton

Aug. 7, 2009

My brother did several tours of duty on HMS Warspite while in the Royal Marines. He joined up as a volunteer around 39 / 40 at Chatham, Kent. Was posted to the Warspite several times I believe. I think I am correct in saying it was his main posting (when she was serviceable).  I remember at one time they were taken into a US state for major repairs I believe. What I would like to know is are there any crew listings available to see where and when he served aboard her. 

Unfortunately he died very early in life (sometime in the '60's through the dreaded cancer) before he could get anything down in writing. His son did ask if I could get any information about his dad as dad did not talk about it much. Although he did to me as we were very close brothers. I think he thought of me as his little kid brother who may follow him one day. I was 5 years younger than my brother so I did my bit later, and enjoyed it, as I know John did. His full name was John Ernest Frank Bartlett, Royal Marines Chatham Div'. Commonly known to all as Jack more than John. Hope you can help.

Yours Sincerely,
James W. Bartlett

Aug. 1, 2009

My uncle Arthur Ernest THOM served on HMS Warspite in WWII in the boiler room. He was there when the ship was torpedoed in the Mediterranean, but I don't know the date. Does anyone know, or have memories of Arthur?

Penelope Christensen
Mission, BC, Canada

June 13, 2009

During the course of family research I came across a possible relative who apparently served on the HMS Warspite during WW2. I think "Narvik" was mentioned. All I know about him is that his name was Hubert Percival Chapman (born Hereford 1896. I do not know when or where he died). Is it possible that you could direct me to anyone/site that may be able to provide further information on this individual. I think that his brother, Captain Rowland Paul Chapman (Chief Engineer) also served in the Royal Navy but was captured by the Japanese in Singapore in 1942 and was POW in Mukden until 1945. I would appreciate any information, particularly when and where they died.

Maresa & Keran
Queensland, Australia

June 3, 2009

My old friends father served on H.M.S. Warspite, she has just recently passed away. She used to tell me amazing stories about her father, does anyone remember him? His name was George McKenzie Durham I would like to know more about him would love to here from anybody who remembers him.

Many thanks,
Joy Stolton

May 2, 2009

My father Frederick George Wright (aka Jimmy) was Gunnery Officer on Warspite 1943-44. I wonder whether any of those looking for info on crew members would remember him. Sadly he died in December 1980, not having talked much of his long naval career and especially his war service. I do have an interesting article from "The Picture Post" of November 1944 describing Warspite in action off the coast of the Island of Walcheren, it includes a photo of Captain Kelsey and his fellow officers. If you haven't already seen it, I can email it to you.

With best wishes,
Heather Hamer (nee Wright)

Apr. 21, 2009

My father also served on the Warspite during the second world war. My sister and I have been trying to find out about his time on the ship. We know he took part in the D-Day attacks but that is all. Sadly my father passed away some years ago, his name was Gerald (Jerry) Hopkins. It would be nice to know if anyone remembers him.

Alison Jackson

Mar. 15, 2009

I am trying to trace my step-brother, Norman Bailey, who served on Warspite throughout the second world war, having previously enrolled in the Navy as a boy entrant at HMS Ganges. Any information would be appreciated.

Dennis Bailey

Jan. 29, 2009

I was talking with a new acquaintance recently due to my interest in certain naval matters concerning Malta. During the discussion, he mentioned that his grandfather has served on the Warspite. Once home, I began
searching for a list of the crew and then drifted onto your site. Since I believe that you're collecting names of people who served on the ship, I'm sending you his details. He was John Testa and served as a Cook. He was
Maltese and died in 1992.


Dec. 16, 2008

My father George John Smith from Margate, Kent, England served on the Warspite during World War II and was
on board during the Normandy landings. I would like to find or get copies of any official documents which include
his name or any other articles pertaining to the ship. My father is now in his 80's and would welcome any
information from anyone who can remember him or also served on the Warspite.

Thank you,
Brian Smith
Eltham, Victoria, Australia

Dec. 3, 2008

I am interested to know if anyone can remember my father, Alan Austwick, who was on HMS Warspite from 1943 to 1945 and was serving on the ship on 6 June 1944 at the D Day Normandy Landings. I have just found his naval record book and found out this information. 

Denise Wilson
Newark, Notts

July 23, 2008

I am searching on behalf of Mr John Haggerwood for ex crew members who served with him aboard
HMS Warspite during the period 1939 to 1941. John is residing in the UK now aged 85 yrs. He would welcome any contact. My name is Chris Shelton ex Merchant Navy. I am researching for John's son Mark Haggerwood.
I am presently residing in Bangkok Thailand. Great site by the way. Well done

Many Thanks.
Chris Shelton

July 19, 2008

My uncle served on the HMS WARSPITE during WWII and I would like to know if his name appears on any crew list. Or any other information possible about EMANUEL ZAMMIT (was from Malta)

Thank you.
Paul Zerafa Medford,
Long Island, New York United States

March 24, 2008

I have just looked at the Warspite details on line and found your message.My father who is still alive was also a member of her crew,he too was on the D day bombardments.His name is Stephen Henry Chapman. Able seaman and is from Middlesbrough.                               

Best Wishes,
Peter Chapman

July 24, 2007

Thank you for your site. My grandfather served on the Warspite in World War II. His Name was Harold Wright. He served, "On 6 June 1944, Warspite took part in the Normandy Landings as part of the Eastern Task Force, firing on German positions to cover the landing at Sword Beach." He was from Great Yarmouth, England. Sheryle Burger
Newnan, Georgia

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