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WW2 Naval War Ships

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Debra Report 27 Aug 2009 10:40

I have obtained my grandfathers naval record, however there is little info as to what the ships were ie Destroyers, Frigates, Aircraft Carriers etc.

Would anyone happen to know what the following were & where i could get more info on them:
HMS Collingwoood
HMS Victory
HMS Odyssey
HMS Impulsive

My granfather served on all of these from 1943 to 1946

Any help would be gratfully received


Staffs Col

Staffs Col Report 27 Aug 2009 14:58

It is very unlikely that your Grandfather would have been aboard the flagship of Admiral Nelson during WWII. The records you are reading might actually state HMS Victorious which was a WWII aircraft carrier. HMS Victory was closed to visitors during WWII but was used for trainee ratings accomodation, likewise HMS Victory was the name given to the naval barracks in Portsmouth, so it could simply be that he was based at the barracks these later became HMS Nelson. Nelson exists still today but is now a modern accomodation facility for the Navy

Staffs Col

Staffs Col Report 27 Aug 2009 15:09

If you have your relatives naval records it will actually give an awful lot of information including physical description, scars, tattoos and conduct as well as badges awarded


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Debra Report 28 Aug 2009 11:21

I would like thank all that have replied to this thread. Your help has been invaluable.



LadyKira Report 28 Aug 2009 15:25

pby pm today

Thank you Christine,
I now have info on HMS Collingwood & Implusive,
What is foxing me is that all I can find on HMS Victory - is that it was Nelsons Ship! & HMS Odyssey is that it is a Marine Exploration ship!

Now I know my grandfather wasnt THAT old to serve with Nelson lol & I really can imagine him doing Explorations some how.

I think I might have to right to the Navy Command again asking for more info on these vessels.


LadyKira Report 28 Aug 2009 15:31

someone else looking for Hms Odyssey.


LadyKira Report 28 Aug 2009 15:33

ODYSSEY was the name given to the Collingwood Hotel at Ilfracombe when it was taken over by the Royal Navy in WW2. I doubt that your man would have actually served there as it was actually only an "accounting base" - i.e. it was the pay and administration centre for personnel on detached duties; in this case it was for those assigned to Naval Parties.

A Naval Party (NP) is a group of officers and ratings formed to fulfil a specific task in a location or during an operation, and may well be mobile; they are given a number (i.e. "NP.1730").

ODYSSEY opened in November 1943 and closed in May 1946.

In 1944 - 46 there were a large number of NP's formed to take over and run the various ports and harbours in continental Europe after the D-day landings, for example NP1686 was for Dieppe, NP1503 for Boulogne and so on.


LadyKira Report 28 Aug 2009 15:41

try chatham dockyard museum or Greenwich Maritime museum

So far all I have done is google and I have found crew and photographs

There is lots there. Try it

HMS World war 2


George_of_Westbury Report 28 Aug 2009 16:23


HMS Victory was the name of the Shore base in Portsmouth for the time scale you mention,All shore bases are given a ships name.

I have just looked at my Dads service record, as i knew at sometime he was at HMS Victory, he was at HMS Victory for a period in 1944 in Portsmouth
Colin also made mention of this earlier
Hope this helps



Phyll Report 29 Aug 2009 21:25

There is a base called HMS Collingwood in Fareham, Hampshire.


Lorraine Report 30 Aug 2009 00:48

Hms collingwood is a training base in Fareham near portsmouth, its still there ( I live nearby) its probably where he did his basic training before being asigned to a ship

Hms victory was a training ship based in portsmouth ,( not the original nelson ship of course)

HMS Nelson Portsmouth Naval Barracks.. The Barracks opened in 1903, when the Flag CinC Portsmouth moved from HMS Excellent to HMS Victory(ship) then to shore. The Barracks were then called HMS Victory but was renamed HMS Nelson(1.8.1974).. Nelson carried the Flag of CinC Home Command

hms odessey was also a land base
HMS Odyssey - the Accounting Base of detached Naval Parties
HMS Odyssey was located in the Collingwood Hotel, Ilfracombe


Sylvia Report 15 Feb 2013 12:23

Hi Debra my dad also trained on the hms Collingwood from oct 4th till dec12th 43 also hms victory 13 dec till 11th jan 44, he also served on the angelo,antwerp, abercrombie and finally hms vanguard. I am looking for more information on him . His name was norman graham .
from sylv