HMS Cornwallis


The Ship

Torpedoed and sunk 9 January 1917

HMS Cornwallis, built by Thames Iron Works, launched 13/7/1901.

Cornwallis saw service with the Channel Fleet in 1906 but was transferred to the Atlantic Fleet in February the next year. In August 1910 she joined the Mediterranean Fleet and in June two years later returned to the Home Fleet in 4th Battle Squadron.

At the outbreak of WWI HMS Cornwallis joined the 6th Battle Squadron of the Channel Fleet but was sent to the Dardanelles in January 1915 where she became the first British warship to open fire on 18th February. HMS Cornwallis took part on all of the operations as well as the evacuation. She was hit on 9/1/1917 by three torpedoes from German U-boat U32 she sank off Malta with the loss of 15 lives.

My Postcards

Postally used 31 Oct 1908 from Melksham - where I live during the week!!!
Postcard series: W.H.S. & S., Derwent


Not postally used.
Series number: ON43


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