HMS Barham crashed into HMS Duchess, cutting her in half. Cadman, Kenneth. The list of men lost is, First time unlucky – the loss of Iride 22 August 1940, Loss of Wing Commander F.A. Following the new constitution there will be 196 members and 25 associates. Aboard HMS Fiji (58) when hit on 1 Sep 1940. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The loss of HMS Barham contributed to the very high number of losses at sea suffered by the Royal Navy in the period of Operation CRUSADER, about which I have written at this link. IWM AX64B. The moment when HMS Barham's magazine exploded after being torpedoed in the Mediterranean. ( Log Out /  There were only 23 survivors out of the 160 crew. This is a listing of people associated with this ship. WRIGHT, Gerald V, Act/Ordnance Artificer 4, 67375 (SANF), MPK. Publication The loss of HMS Barham contributed to the very high number of losses at sea suffered by the Royal Navy in the period of Operation CRUSADER, about which I have written at this link. Details: H.M.S. Joined East Med. Metal. Material. Shortly after 4.00 pm I was on the Admiral’s Bridge. Produced by the Naval Studies Group in conjunction with the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian Naval Institute, Naval Historical Society and the RAN Seapower Centre. ABDIEL Craske), the Admiral and S.W.O. The interrogation report following the sinking of U-331 in late 1942 give further detail of the sinking of HMS Barham at this link. Earlier in the day there had been a couple of Air Raid warnings, and reports of enemy aircraft ‘Shadowers’, but nothing of particular consequence. Walker, RN) was damaged on the port side by one torpedo from U-30 (Lemp) 66 miles west of the Butt of Lewis, Hebrides in 58°47N/08°05W. Crew List Photographs The Queen Elizabeth class was ordered as part of the 1912 Naval Programme and the contract for Barham was awarded to John Brown & Company. HMS Fiji (58) British light cruiser. Blackett, Patrick Maynard Stuart - Midshipman. HMS Barham Association Home About us Latest news The ship Crew Name Search Guestbook Photos & video ... Hotspur picked up most of the survivors, HMS Nizam picked up the remainder, and we headed back to Alexandria. AE1 – The Ship without a Name, Musical Composition by Lieutenant Matthew Klohs RAN. The tragedy recently inspired composer Sally Beamish to write the Sea Psalm.There is a much larger image of the sister ship to HMS Duchess, HMS Daring, at Naval History net. VALIANT and WARSPITE in background. Filed Under: Naval Historical Review, Biographies and personal histories, WWII operations Tagged With: Ship sinking, Survivor, HMS Barham, Australian Naval History Podcasts On 25 November 1941 one of the heaviest losses of life, and the only loss of a Royal Navy battleship to a submarine at sea, occurred off Bardia, when HMS Barham was torpedoed at extremely short range by U-331, and sank within four minutes. She was completed for trials on 19 August 1915 which took until the end of September to finish under the command of CaptainArthur Craig Waller. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Type. There were 450 survivors… This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. Enlarge image. This is a listing of people associated with this ship. However, I can vividly recall the sinking as though it were yesterday. It is just over 49 years since H.M.S. HMS Barham – On 25 November 1941, in the eastern Mediterranean north of Sidi Barrani, Barham capsized, exploded and sank two and a half minutes after being hit by three torpedoes fired by the German submarine U-331. The aim of this blog is to accompany the preparation of a complete history incorporating the Axis and Commonwealth perspectives of the Winterschlacht (Winter Battle) in North Africa, November 1941 to February 1942. Richard Laland is one of only two survivors from the doomed battleship HMS Barham still alive today. Pridham-Wippell), and Squadron Signal Officer of the 1st Battle Squadron. These recordings can be accessed through Apple iTunes or for Android users, Stitcher. Before leaving the Bridge to make my attempt to escape, the conning tower of a submarine surfaced about one hundred and fifty yards from the port side, and remained exposed for perhaps half a minute before the U boat dived again. Late in the afternoon of November 24, 1941 WARSPITE, (C. in C.), BARHAM and VALIANT and a screen of nine destroyers sailed from Alexandria to provide heavy gun cover for the Cruisers. Ship sinking, Survivor, HMS Barham. Captain C. E. Morgan commanding HMS Valiant described the final moments of the Battleship: Our battleships were proceeding westwards line ahead, with the Valiant immediately astern the Barham and with a destroyer screen thrown out ahead of the battlefleet. It is just over 49 years since H.M.S. The HMS Barham was torpedoed by U-331, a German c-class submarine captained by Freiherr Von Tiesenhausen, and sunk in the Eastern Mediterranean in November 1941. Her complete service history can be found at this link.The BdU (Commander Submarines) noted in his war diary the rather jubilant: U331 – 1 battleship torpedoed in the Mediterranean. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. HMS Barham Association Home About us Latest news The ship Crew Name Search Guestbook Photos & video Survivors Accounts Press & letters Newsletters Reunions Memorials Related ships Books Poems Links : Welcome to the HMS Barham Association website. This article includes a list of ships with the same or similar names. 2nd January 1941: Bombarded Bardia. The torpedoes seemed to hit the ship amidships just abaft the funnel, judging by the waterspout in that general area, of which I had a ringside view from the Admiral’s Bridge. On 25 November 1941, alongside HMS Queen Elizabeth and Valiant, plus an escort of eight destroyers, it was travelling to cover an attack on Italian convoys, when it was hit by three torpedoes from the German submarine U-331. It proves that mediums really can communicate with the dead, state others. To Join, HMS Survivors Barham Association write to: Michael Stratton Brown. The video of HMS Barham’s loss can seen below, in the context of the overall newsreel. Pin. The list of men lost is at this link. List of shipwrecks: 2 November 1941 Ship Country Description Balilla Italy World War II: The cargo ship (2,469 GRT, 1920) was shelled and torpedoed in the Mediterranean Sea north west of Trapani, Sicily) by ORP Sokół ( Polish Navy), shelled and sunk later in the day by HMS Utmost ( Royal There were no casualties and 25 survivors. It is one of the most extraordinary psychic events of the twentieth century, rave some. The U-boat War in World War Two (Kriegsmarine, 1939-1945) and World War One (Kaiserliche Marine, 1914-1918) and the Allied efforts to counter the threat. The start date is universally agreed to be 17 November 1941, while the end date is 15 January for the British (thus excluding the Axis counter-offensive of late January), while it is 6 February for the Axis, including the counteroffensive. HMS VALIANT is in the background. [a] Barham could not make an attempt to dodge the incoming torpedoes and sank with 862 fatalities as a result of several magazine explosions that occurred after she had initially been hit by U-331 ' s torpedoes. The battleships were providing distant cover to the light cruisers of Force B[1], engaged in searching for the German merchants Maritza and Procida (see also this link and this link). Barham was a British battleship, and part of the Meditteranean Fleet. All electric motors had stopped, all power had gone ‘off the Board’, there was an ominous creaking of Bridge work and Rigging, the ship was ‘dead’ and it was clear to all of us that it was every man for himself while the going was good. Blyth, Reginald Edward - Lieutenant. Author McDonald, I.H., Captain, RAN (Ret) Subjects Biographies and personal histories, WWII operations Tags. BARHAM’s explosion after being torpedoed. Company / organization. HMS Barham was at the time engaged in an operation to engage potential enemy convoys, together with the other two battleships of the Mediterranean Fleet, HMS Queen Elizabeth (flag) and HMS Valiant, escorted by nine destroyers. During the third week in November, 1941, there was evidence that two convoys were being despatched from Italy to Benghazi to reinforce the Africa Korps. WILLIAMS, Dastrey S, Leading Seaman, 67047 (SANF), MPK. IWM FL1472. Rawlings took over temporarily from P-W who became Vice Admiral Light Forces. ( Log Out /  Barham Crew Photos. BARHAM was torpedoed by U.331 and lost off the Western Desert of Egypt – off Sollum and Sidi Barrani. The battle was known as "Operation Crusader" to the British, the 2nd (British) Offensive to the Italians, and as the 'Winterschlacht' (winter battle) to the Germans. 28 March 1941: Battle of Matapan, Barham helps sink cruiser Zara. At 15.45 hours on 28 Dec 1939, HMS Barham (04) (Capt H.T.C. Photograph taken from HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH. She was the flagship of the 1st Battle Squadron and of the Second in Command of the Mediterranean Fleet, 1941. After the battle fleet left Alexandria all was uneventful, and during the early afternoon of 25th November, course was reversed, and the Force proceeded back towards ‘Alex’. Kapitaenleutnant Freiherr von Tiesenhausen, who did a radio broadcast on this attack in December 1941. BARHAM was an “old timer” of the QUEEN ELIZABETH class, and a veteran of the Battle of Jutland. Often used as a flagship, she participated in the Battle of Jutland during the First World War as part of the Grand Fleet.For the rest of the war, except for the inconclusive Action of 19 August 1916, her service generally consisted of routine patrols and training in the North Sea. BARHAM was torpedoed by U.331 and lost off the Western Desert of Egypt – off Sollum and Sidi Barrani. There are now 45 survivors in the Association of whom a quarter live abroad. If you would like to add a photograph of a sailor to a 'ship' page please . Then to Alexandria. During this time BARHAM was bombed and severely damaged by the Luftwaffe and had to go to Capetown for extensive repairs. The footage is at the end of this post. VALIANT and WARSPITE in background. (Lt. Cdr. June 11, 1991. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. This podcast series examines Australia’s Naval history, featuring a variety of naval history experts from the Naval Studies Group and elsewhere. HMS Barham at Valetta in August 1936. Harte and No. 861 were killed. ( Log Out /  HMS Barham Survivors Association. The translated detailed report of the attack by U-331 can be found at this link. 862 men went down with her, and her end was filmed by a war correspondent on board one of the escorting destroyers. / HMS Barham – Survivors Account Of Sinking. The video of HMS Barham’s loss can seen below, in the context of the overall newsreel. HMS Barham – Survivors Account Of Sinking. It was a perfect day and the sea was smooth, After Hands had been piped ‘to tea’, the usual promenaders (ERAs and Stoker POs off watch) emerged from below-decks for their customary first Dog Watch strolls up and down the Foc’sle. HMS Barham was a Queen Elizabeth-class battleship built for the Royal Navy during the early 1910s. AE2 – Stoker’s Submarine, Musical Composition by Lieutenant Matthew Klohs RAN. BARHAM. Barham survivors This record comprises all information held by IWM’s War Memorials Register for this memorial. I was in H.M.S. Copyright © 2020. U.331 was under the command of Freiherr Diedrich von Tiesenhausen who was a lieutenant of 26 years of age. He got in touch with Percy Cullum, who in turn put him in touch with the other RM survivors, Dave Ritchie, Alf Smith and John Cross. HMS Barham underway off Devonport in WW2. We also have a detailed page on the British light cruiser HMS Fiji (58). April 1941: Bombarded Tripoli. flag changed on a number of occasions. During the next eighteen months or so, the 1st B.S. The ship had been hit amidships by torpedoes on the port side. This section includes over 21.000 Allied Warships and over 11.000 Allied Commanders of WWII, from the US Navy, Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Australian Navy, The Polish Navy and others. P.W and staff moved to MALAYA and QUEEN ELIZABETH, and Rear Admiral B.S. (Cdr. ( Log Out /  The HMS Gloucester was involved in earlier combat on the 8 July 1940 when it was bombed, the South African casualties are remembered here: ALLISON, Oswald H, Able Seaman RNVR, 67349 (SANF), killed. Change ). 21 Monks Way Hill Head Hants Fareham P014 3LU . Cain, James. Life on the Line tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. Guy Morris), S.O.O./S.N.O. The Loss of HMAS Armidale by Dr Kevin Smith, D-Day commando on Sword Beach by Commander Jim Speed DSC, RAN. On her arrival at Alexandria shortly afterwards, my Admiral (P-W) and I joined her when she took over from ROYAL SOVEREIGN as flagship of the 1st Battle Squadron. The 92-year-old, from Leicester, miraculously escaped death when the ship was sunk by a … The S.G.O (Cdr. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. email info @ jutlandcrewlists.org (remove spaces). 11th Novenber 1940: Attacked Taranto with HMS Illustrious. in shop in collection in search list . HMS Barham Survivors Association. RAN Ships None noted. Happy 100th birthday to Staff Sergeant Staveley, R.T.R. The battleships were providing distant cover to the light cruisers of Force B[1], engaged in searching for the German merchants, Her complete service history can be found, The translated detailed report of the attack by U-331 can be found, A very detailed account by a surviving officer of her loss is, The interrogation report following the sinking of U-331 in late 1942 give further detail of the sinking of HMS Barham, The loss of HMS Barham contributed to the very high number of losses at sea suffered by the Royal Navy in the period of Operation CRUSADER, about which I have written, The video of HMS Barham’s loss can seen below, in the context of the overall newsreel. Ships of the 5th Battle Squadron (Battle Cruiser Fleet) H.M.S. (On VALIANT, the closest ship to BARHAM when she was hit, was the Gaumont News cameraman John Turner who shot 2 minutes of movie film, all he had left in the camera, of the sinking. Ships Crest. email info @ jutlandcrewlists.org (remove spaces). The f… Carstairs, George. It is just over 49 years since H.M.S. 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