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Re: HMS Kent (In service 1926-48)
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2013, 03:32:05 »
A study of the winning Royal Marine whaler crew taken sometime in 1932-33 on a Far Eastern comission. If any one comes up with some names please post. My Father is the large man in the middle back row, Fredrick James Lewis. Not sure what his rank would have been at that time as his stripes were never on for long, so I would suggest Marine. He went all through WW2 on convoys across the Atlantic and also went to Russia. Was demobbed after the war and became a forest keeper in Epping forest in Essex UK. He passed away at the early age of 59 in 1968.

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« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2012, 15:22:20 »
Here is a link to an excellent site which shows how HMS Kent evolved over the course of her career in the Royal Navy.

http://www.world-war.co.uk/Kent/kent.php3

Great site! Thanks for posting the link Bilgerat.


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« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2012, 15:12:15 »
Here is a link to an excellent site which shows how HMS Kent evolved over the course of her career in the Royal Navy.

http://www.world-war.co.uk/Kent/kent.php3
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Re: HMS Kent (In service 1926-48)
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2012, 08:04:51 »
Here's a rather faded hand-drawn post card detailing HMS Kent's maiden voyage from Chatham to Wei Hai Wei to join the 5th Cruiser Squadron on the China Station in 1928:

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Re: HMS Kent (In service 1926-48)
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2012, 20:39:24 »
The Kent Bell.
As a member of Chatham Branch RMA I can tell you that this bell is not only in situ at Rochester Cathedral but is used every Saturday 52 weeks of the year when members gather to honour the dead of two WW's at the Page Turning Ceremony. 'Six bells' are rung and the pages of the two books of remembrance (1st and 2ndWW) honouring Royal Marines of Chatham Station who died, are turned. Two prayers are said and a moments silence is observed. The whole ceremony, which is held at 11.00 hrs takes less than 5 minutes and any contributors to KHF would be very welcome should they wish to come along. Further information, which comes from a crew member of HMS Kent during WW2 JIm Tuff, is as follows;

"The Kent Bell was in use on both the 9th and 10th HMS Kent's. The 9th saw service at the Falklands during 1918. She was chasing the German ship 'Dresden' when she ran out of coal and the crew had to burn the ships wooden furniture to maintain a head of steam.
The 10th Kent was built at Chatham in 1926. She served on the China Station as a flag ship and was known as the 'White Lady of the East.' The Duke of Edingburgh served on her for a short period as a Midshipman.
When the 2nd WW started Kent was sent to the 'Med' where on the 17th September 1940 she was torpedoed with the loss of 33 crew. She was towed back to Alexandria by the destroyer 'Nubian'and after extensive repairs, sailed home via The Suez Canal and The Cape. She later served on Russian convoys.
HMS Kent was scrapped in 1948 and the ships bell was presented to the 'Men of Kent and Kentish Men' who placed it in the Cathedral for safe keeping.
Ex crew member Jim Tuff (still going strong in 2012) instigated the ringing of 'Six Bells' every Saturday at 1100 in honour of the 33 crew who gave their lives when she was torpedoed."   
The service is held in the area adjacent to the Pilgrims Steps.















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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2012, 20:54:22 »
After being scrapped in 1948 the bell of HMS Kent, at a special service in Rochester Cathedral was entrusted to the Dean. Anyone know what become of it?

It's still there.

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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2012, 12:05:49 »
Have a feeling that it might still be there. I am sure that I have seen it.

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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2012, 10:12:13 »
After being scrapped in 1948 the bell of HMS Kent, at a special service in Rochester Cathedral was entrusted to the Dean. Anyone know what become of it?

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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2012, 09:33:18 »
see  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Kent_(68)
for the history of this HMS Kent
She was finally scrapped on arrival at Troon 31.1.1948 at yard of West of Scotland Shipbreakers


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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2012, 20:07:15 »
Sept 1940 HMS Kent has been torpedoed in the Eastern Mediterranean. It is planned to tow her home via the Cape of Good Hope.

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HMS Kent (In service 1926-48)
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2012, 08:49:20 »
HMS Kent a county class cruiser the 8th ship to bear the name of the county was launched on the 16th May 1926 at Chatham Dockyard by the Countess Stanhope wife of the Lord of the Admiralty. HMS Kent carried a crew of 770 cost nearly 2m had a speed of 31 knots and was 630ft in length.

 

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