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HMS Southampton

Southampton Class Light Cruiser

as completed, June 1938
as completed, June 1938
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Bob Arrowsmith : 2018-3-18;19:58
My father was onboard when she was sunk, I am pleased to say he was saved
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Built by John Brown, Clydebank. Laid Down 21 November 1934.

Launched 10 March 1936. Completed 6 March 1937.

Torpedoed by Gloucester and Orion 11 January 1941 after being bombed by German aircraft in the Sicilian Narrows (81 lost).

Southampton served as flagship of the 2nd Cruiser Squadron with the Home Fleet. On 16 October 1939 she was hit by a bomb while lying off Rosyth, but the damage was slight. She then served with the Humber Force until February 1940, and then went to the 18th Cruiser squadron at Scapa Flow. In April she took part in the Norwegian Campaign, during which she was bombed on many occasions but not seriously damaged. Anti-invasion duties in the south of England followed until her return to Scapa in October. On 15 November she sailed for the Mediterranean, where she participated in the action off Cape Spartivento on 27 November. In December Southampton moved to the Red Sea to escort troop convoys, and at the same time took part in the bombardment of Kismayu during the campaign in Italian East Africa. On 1 January 1941 she joined the 3rd Cruiser Squadron and took part in Malta convoy operations. Unfortunately the ship was hit by two or three bombs off Sicily on 11 January 1941, which totally disabled her and started raging fires. One torpedo from Gloucester and four from Orion finally sank her.

interesting on-board view taken in 1937
interesting on-board view taken in 1937
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Tony Mead : 2018-10-9;20:08
My cousin, who served from 1939 at Rosyth to the end of the Norway campaign told me that if the ship had retained its regular crew, rather the HO's they would have saved the ship
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November 1940
November 1940
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probably around the time of her loss
probably around the time of her loss
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