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Dear All,

Please help! According to the RND / RNVR records of Ernest Holmes (my grandfather) his service was as follows:

26.8.15 Attached 1st Battalion (1/C/1146)

Sep 15 Miscellaneous Battn Pay No. 21.F.T.

5.10.15 Drafted from Sea Draft & Misc Battn (21FT) to Portsmouth

Then:

Monarch 05 Oct 1915 to 30 June 1916

Vernon 01 July 1916 to 27 Sep 1916

Queen Elizabeth 28 Sep 1916 to 31 Mch 1918

Vernon 1 Apr 1918 to 4 July 1918

Diligence (Tomahawk) 5 July 1918 to 13 Mar 1919

Shore demob

Although I've managed to decipher this, I have been stumped by HMS Tomahawk. I believe that HMS Tomahawk was a Yarrow S class destroyer of 12th Destroyer Flotilla Grand Fleet (the Depot Ship for which was HMS Diligence). However, I have been unable to trace any record of the Flotilla's whereabouts during the period Ernie served on the Tomahawk.

Any assistance would, obviously, be greatly appreciated.

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Tomahawk served with the Grand Fleet [british Warships 1914-1919].

"Shore establishments of the Royal Navy" gives Diligence as being commissioned for the 12th DF at Scapa Flow 9/12/15 - 1919 [at Dundee Dec. 1918]. Commissioned for the 7th DF China 1/3/19 but paid off Apr. 1919.

David.

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Vernon was the torpedo training school more details here:

http://www.mcdoa.org.uk/History_of_HMS_Vernon.htm

Monarch

2nd Battle Squadron Grand Fleet.

8 August 1914 unsuccessfully attacked by U15 off Fair Isle.

27 December 1914 rammed form behind by HMS Conqueror.

20 January 1915 rejoined Grand Fleet after repairs at Scapa Flow and Devonport.

Present at the Battle of Jutland [31 May] 1916. Fired 53 13.5in rounds. Received no damage.

1925 sunk as target.

http://www.worldwar1.co.uk/battleship/hms-orion.html

Pictures:

http://www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/orio...m#HMS%20Monarch

http://www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/hms_...n_elizabeth.htm

http://www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/old_...#HMS%20Tomahawk

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Diligence (Tomahawk) 5 July 1918 to 13 Mar 1919

Shore demob

Although I've managed to decipher this, I have been stumped by HMS Tomahawk. I believe that HMS Tomahawk was a Yarrow S class destroyer of 12th Destroyer Flotilla Grand Fleet (the Depot Ship for which was HMS Diligence).

My grandfather, Norman Haslehurst, joined HMS Tomahawk as telegraphist, on the same day as yours (It seems to have been newly built). He was also at Vernon for some of the same period. As the ship's complement was 90, and they were on board for 5 months at the same time, I imagine they might have known each other.

His record was as follows;

Ganges 12/02/15 Boy II

Impregnable 10/04/15 Boy II, Boy I, Boy Tel

Vernon 09/07/15 Boy Tel, Ord Tel

Victory I ?? /??/17

Diligence (Tomahawk) 05/07/18

Diligence (Tryphon) 01/01/19

Shore Demob 18/02/19

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