Model of H.M.S. HINDUSTAN
The letter in "South West Soundings" No. 50 concerning the battleship H.M.S. HINDUSTAN in Lundy's church was brought to my attention by Mrs. Susan Pullen the Manageress of the Ilfracombe Museum.
I first became aware of the scale model of the HINDUSTAN quite a few years ago when it was sitting in a large glass case in the entrance hall of Millcombe, which was at that time being run as a small hotel by the Landmark Trust. Not long after that we were considering our plans for the expansion of the Ilfracombe Museum by the addition of a "Lundy Room" and it seemed to me that the HINDUSTAN, being a sister ship of the MONTAGU which sank off Lundy in May 1906, would have been put to much better use in the Ilfracombe Museum and could have been much better looked after. At that time the model was in first-class condition but, as stated in the article, she has recently deteriorated.
We found that the model was actually owned by the...
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Model of H.M.S. HINDUSTAN Michael Bale, Chairman of the Trustees of Ilfracom 25/12/2
..keepsakes jean whittington 31/01/2008
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my dad served as a stoker on hms hindustan in ww1 and i am wondering if any body out there could throw some light on him his name was thomas herbert hays an ex miner from nottingham who volunteered for service to his country robert hays
Sidney Frank Elbro
I found the article interesting, as i have been looking for any info on this ship for some time. My grandfather served on this ship for some time whilst he was in the Royal Navy. i have a couple of pictures that i downloaded from the webb. so if anyone has something they dont want. i am here. I am also hoping to go to ilfracombe and visit the museum during my holidays in sept. I live in Devon so its not too far away.
I am collecting elephant pins, badges, brooches and medals and already have thousands or nice elephant items. Among them are several nice HMS Hindoustan badges and I also have two nice cards with the HMS Hindoustan elephant in the center.
Always looking for more items!
I would be interested in printing your postcard in our newsletter,SW Soundings, if you can let me have a scanned image.
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Mrs. Jackie Starr
I have just come across this Forum whilst tracing my family history. I have a postcard photo of HMS Hindustan taken leaving Portsmouth in August 1905 to undergo sea trials.
This P/C was sent by my Great Uncle Sydney Hewitt to his father in Birmingham telling him that this was the ship he had fetched from Glasgow.
Sydney Hewitt served as an engineer artificer rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
I also possess a guncap from the Hindustan, this is a brass relief of an elephant mounted upon a tuffnell base.
I also possess a book photo of Edward VIII as midshipman aboard the Hindustan taken with the captain and showing a similar guncap
It was interesting readig about this ship, as i discovered my grandfather Joseph Elbro served on this ship, and this is the first info i have found on her.
I will have to try and visit, to see what she looks like.
Actually, in reply to Michael Bale's letter, the HINDUSTAN was NOT a sister ship of the MONTAGU, but one of the slightly later and heavier armed KING EDWARD VII CLASS. The Montagu was of the DUNCAN CLASS of fast (19-kt) and more lightly armored battleships built between 1900-1903. The KE VIIs came along about 3-4 years later and included an intermediate heavy armament of four 9.2" guns in single mounts in addition to the then-standard four 12" guns in their main turrets. The Duncans had the 12" main armament and (12) 6" quick-firing guns as their secondary armament.
For complete particulars, plans and photos of the vessels, visit the Pre-Dreadnought Home Port at www.CityofArt.net/bship/frameset3.htm I administer this site.
I have always known the name HMS Hindustan as being connected to my family history. I believe that either my great great grandfather Theophilus Maggs or my great grandfather Charles James Maggs sailed on her. Does anyone know if she sailed to Japan as I know it is family legend that Theophilus spent some time in Japan? Equally, if the surname MAGGS means anything to anyone in connection to the HMS Hindustan I would be interested to hear from you.
My adopted mothers brother Henry Gilbert Perring RMA/12762 H.M.S. Hindustan Royal Marine Artillery died aged 24 on 25 June 1917 buried Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery....I have a medal here War Medal H Perring / Gun. RMA 12782 CE...note the different service number...who is correct ? would love to know how he died and more on the ship 6/8/2006
i would be interested in this ship because my dad served on board as a stoker in the 1914-1918 war
Stella Crocker ex Il
I have been collecting postcards of the Naval Ships in which my father Henry James Payne served and I have a postcard of the Hindustan. He served on this ship from April 1916 until September 1917 as an Able seaman (gunner). Interesting letter.
I have a beautiful enamel brooch (3cm x 2.5cm), complete with a golden elephant on a pale blue background.Its inscriptions are: H.M.S. HINDUSTAN (gold lettering on dark blue background) on the top; 1914-15-16 (gold lettering on red background) at the bottom; and GRAND FLEET (gold lettering on a white background) on either side of the date inscription. I was wondering what this brooch actually is. My great uncle may have served on the Hindustan in World War I. Might this brooch be a "keepsake" for family members?
I collect coins, tokens, & medals with elephants on them. I just baought an elephant coin collection, and found an interesting item contained. It is a hand made silver good luck charm, sent to his mother from "Horace". It has a lovely little elephant tooled into the front, and tooled under the elephant is HMS Hindustan. Does anyone have any ship manefest lists. I would love to know how many men named Horace worked on this ship?
I WOUld be interested in information on this ship, as my grandfather was the cheif gunnery officer on board her.
I think this could be the same Hindustan that was used as a accommodation for the sailors preparing for the Raid on Zeebrugge in 1918. She was moored inside Chatham Dockyard and the sailors were confined to barracks. I would love to see the model if anyone knows where it is now. See the story of Albert McKenzie VC at www.mckenzie.uk.com/zeebrugge
Liberty's shop in London was constructed from the timbers of HMS Hindustan a King Edward Class battleship that was sold for scrap in 1921.
I don't know which Hindustan we're talking about, but Liberty's shop, Regent St, London was constructed from her timbers in the 1920s.