Did you serve on the last British battleship?

HMS Vanguard

HMS Vanguard

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I wonder if there are any of you out there who served in the last British battleship HMS Vanguard, some time in 1959-60?

The reason I ask is that I have just found out that the filming of the scenes inside the gun turrets for the 1960 film Sink the Bismarck were actually filmed on the Vanguard.

There is much shouting of instructions as the guns are loaded but is it the Vanguard’s guns that fire – or just good editing with wartime film cut in?

If you had anything to do with the making of the film please let me know.

Also, this coming May 24 is the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the pride of the Royal Navy, HMS Hood.

With the death of Ted Briggs on October 4, 2008 at the age of 85, all those who were with the Hood on that fatal day are now at rest.

But what of the crews of other ships in the battle to sink the Bismarck, the King George V, the Prince of Wales and the Rodney to name but three?

Did you see the Bismarck or the Hood go down? Did you assist in the rescue of some of the Bismarck’s crew?

Were you on the destroyers that picked up the three survivors from Hood, Midshipman W J Dundas, Able Seaman R E (Bob) Tilburn and Ordinary Signalman A E (Ted) Briggs?

I would like to write something different to what has already been written. So if you know of any ex-sailors who might have some information on the above, could you get them to write to me please? Thank you.

· Date for your diary. On May 24 from 11.30am-1pm there is the annual memorial service for those who went down with HMS Hood at the Royal Naval War Memorial, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea Common.

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