AE1 – The Ship without a Name, Musical Composition by Lieutenant Matthew Klohs RAN. 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. There were only 23 survivors out of the 160 crew. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The list of men lost is at this link. Camilleri, Paul. HMS Barham underway off Devonport in WW2. P.W and staff moved to MALAYA and QUEEN ELIZABETH, and Rear Admiral B.S. This is my first written account of the fateful day, and of my recollections of some of the circumstances before and after the catastrophe since I prepared a Report on the sinking shortly after the event for the Royal Naval Authorities at Alexandria, Egypt. 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. 861 were killed. HMS Barham (04) was a Queen Elizabeth-class battleship launched in 1914 and sunk by a U-boat in 1941. Joined East Med. ABDIEL During this time BARHAM was bombed and severely damaged by the Luftwaffe and had to go to Capetown for extensive repairs. 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. 11th Novenber 1940: Attacked Taranto with HMS Illustrious. Crew List Photographs Aboard HMS Fiji (58) when hit on 1 Sep 1940. 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. BARHAM was torpedoed by U.331 and lost off the Western Desert of Egypt – off Sollum and Sidi Barrani. Ship sinking, Survivor, HMS Barham. Burner, Lancelot. IWM AX64B. June 11, 1991. Following the new constitution there will be 196 members and 25 associates. Where we hold a names list for the memorial, this information will be displayed on the memorial record. Craske), the Admiral and S.W.O. in shop in collection in search list . Brynmill United Kingdom She was sunk during the Second World War on 25 November 1941 by the German submarine U-331. 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. This is a listing of people associated with this ship. email info @ jutlandcrewlists.org (remove spaces). The ship, named after Admiral Charles Middleton, 1st Baron Barham, was laid down at their Clydebank shipyard on 24 February 1913 and launched on 31 December 1914. 2nd January 1941: Bombarded Bardia. ( Log Out /  To Join, HMS Survivors Barham Association write to: Michael Stratton Brown. Filed Under: Naval Historical Review, Biographies and personal histories, WWII operations Tagged With: Ship sinking, Survivor, HMS Barham, Australian Naval History Podcasts HMS Barham was struck by three torpedoes fired from German submarine U-331. Four crew members were lost. There were 450 survivors… WRIGHT, Gerald V, Act/Ordnance Artificer 4, 67375 (SANF), MPK. It is one of the most extraordinary psychic events of the twentieth century, rave some. Company / organization. email info @ jutlandcrewlists.org (remove spaces). ( Log Out /  It is just over 49 years since H.M.S. ( Log Out /  To Malta with HMS Berwick, HMS Glasgow. Happy 100th birthday to Staff Sergeant Staveley, R.T.R. Busuttil, Emmanuel. However, I can vividly recall the sinking as though it were yesterday. These recordings can be accessed through Apple iTunes or for Android users, Stitcher. 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. HMS Barham crashed into HMS Duchess, cutting her in half. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. HMS Barham – Survivors Account Of Sinking. 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. Enlarge image. 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. Copyright © 2020. Then to Alexandria. 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. HMS Barham at Valetta in August 1936. If you would like to add a photograph please . HMS Barham Survivors Association. The video of HMS Barham’s loss can seen below, in the context of the overall newsreel. Cain, James. June 11, 1991. HMS Barham was a Queen Elizabeth-class battleship built for the Royal Navy during the early 1910s. I assumed that this had happened because the submarine Captain had fired all his bow tubes at once, and had not compensated quickly enough with seawater to keep the conning tower below the surface. (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. Details: H.M.S. Only 450 survived from the complement of about 1312. The translated detailed report of the attack by U-331 can be found at this link. Rawlings took over temporarily from P-W who became Vice Admiral Light Forces. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. This podcast series examines Australia’s Naval history, featuring a variety of naval history experts from the Naval Studies Group and elsewhere. The ship had been hit amidships by torpedoes on the port side. AE2 – Stoker’s Submarine, Musical Composition by Lieutenant Matthew Klohs RAN. The HMS Royal Oak, a Royal Sovereign class dreadnought, the HMS Prince of Wales, a King George V class and the HMS Barham, a Queen Elizabeth class, which was a modernized warship from World War One. HMS Barham was a Queen Elizabeth-class battleship of the Royal Navy named after Admiral Charles Middleton, 1st Baron Barham, built at the John Brown shipyards in Clydebank, Scotland, and launched in 1914. There are also 14 members who served in HMS Barham before the sinking. A new beautiful success. flag changed on a number of occasions. You can click on any of the names for possible additional information. 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. Shipping losses: HMS BARHAM listing to port after being torpedoed by U 331. 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HMAS Sydney II and the HSK Kormoran Shipwreck Sites, Admiralty House, Garden and Fortifications, Royal Australian Naval Transmitting Station ACT, Heritage Tour of Northern End of Garden Island, First Victory, Musical Composition by Petty Officer Musician Martyn Hancock. Cadman, Kenneth. If you would like to add a photograph of a sailor to a 'ship' page please . Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Richard Laland is one of only two survivors from the doomed battleship HMS Barham still alive today. Life on the Line Podcasts 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. The HMS Barham was named after Admiral Charles Middleton, also known as Lord Barham, who became the First Lord of the Admiralty at the time of Trafalgar 1762-1813. Author McDonald, I.H., Captain, RAN (Ret) Subjects Biographies and personal histories, WWII operations Tags. 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. Our C. in C. (Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham) ordered the 7th and 15th Cruiser Squadrons to sea to attempt to intercept and destroy these convoys. 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. 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. April 1941: Bombarded Tripoli. 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. Earlier in the day there had been a couple of Air Raid warnings, and reports of enemy aircraft ‘Shadowers’, but nothing of particular consequence. Barham was a British battleship, and part of the Meditteranean Fleet. HMS Barham – Survivors Account Of Sinking. Blackett, Patrick Maynard Stuart - Midshipman. Pin. Burt, David. The Queen Elizabeth class was ordered as part of the 1912 Naval Programme and the contract for Barham was awarded to John Brown & Company. 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. 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. Pridham-Wippell), and Squadron Signal Officer of the 1st Battle Squadron. 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. A very detailed account by a surviving officer of her loss is at this link. (Casualty List - note on casualties) 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). Theme. VALIANT and WARSPITE in background. VALIANT and WARSPITE in background. Juno picks up Italian survivors. Barham Crew Photos. HMS VALIANT is in the background. Barham cost a total of £2,470,113. 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