Click here to see Pathe News clip of HMS Euryalus 1976
here for the HMS Euryalus Association web site
The Euryalus Battle Honours
William Hoffman who was a fireman in Liverpool but was on HMS Euryalus at Gallipoli and took Lancashire Fusiliers ashore he won the DSM there http://www.naval-history.net/WW1NavyBritishLGDecorations1915.htm#29264a
go down the page to 29264 - 13 AUGUST 1915
sent to us by Kevin Heleswood
Play put on at the China Fleet Club in Hong Kong
sent in by Cheerful Charlie Cook
Gun Boat Diplomacy
HMS Euryalus and others support 1LF in the Middle East 1951 - 1952
When 1 LF landed in Egypt in
1950 the Middle East was in turmoil. Amongst the many flash points the
Egyptians were planning to abrogate the Suez Canal Treaty; the Iranians
wanted to nationalize the Anglo Iranian oil fields and the Jews in their
newly established state of Israel had designs on the deep water port of
Aqaba to give them access to the Red Sea.
The first ship to give us direct
support was HMS Loch Lomond when she came to stay for three days in the
Gulf of Aqaba where we had the sea on our left, the Jews to our front,
the mountains behind and the waterless deserts of Jordan to our right.
With no heavy weapons to support us it was important that the opposition
knew that should they decide to invade the might of the Royal Navy was
close at hand.
A few weeks later our very own
HMS Euryalus a cruiser bristling with weapons paid us a visit.
We next saw HMS Euryalus on the
12th July 1951 when she passed through the Suez Canal on her way South
to relieve HMS Mauritius in the Shatt El Arab as the Persian situation
was rapidly deteriorating. The Battalion turned out in force to wave to
her as she passed down and we had two hours with then when she tied up
to let the North bound convoy through. Bands playing and flags waving.
It was a happy day.
Our last contact with HMS Euryalus was on 22nd September 1951 when she passed through the Canal heading for Turkey and back to Malta to prepare herself as an escort ship for the King and Queens visit to Australia. The A Coy contingent return by air from Basra
Picture; HMS Euryalus in the Gulf of Aqaba
The last occasion I can remember that the Royal Navy came to our aid was at the height of the rioting in Ismailia. We all had a big surprise when HMS Chequers steamed into Lake Timsah and dropped anchor. I don't think there was a thing she could really have done at the time but amazing the effect on the morale of the local population was considerable. It really was great in those far off days to know we had a splendid Royal Navy who like ourselves were always ready for a scrap.