Allied Warships

HMS Glorious (77)

Aircraft Carrier of the Courageous class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeAircraft Carrier
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Laid down1 May 1915 
Launched20 Apr 1916 
Commissioned14 Oct 1916 
Lost8 Jun 1940 
Loss position68° 30'N, 3° 50'E

Converted to aircraft carrier at Rosyth Dockyard and Devonport Dockyard from 1 February 1924 until 10 March 1930. Recommissioned on 7 January 1930, this was prior to the completion of her conversion.

At the outbreak of the Second World War HMS Glorious was stationed at Alexandria with the Mediterranean Fleet. In October 1939, HMS Glorious was part of Force I, supported by the battleship HMS Malaya she patrolled the Gulf of Aden in search of German merchant ships and the pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee.

With the invasion of Norway on 9 April 1940, HMS Glorious was recalled to England with great haste, she left Malta on 11 April 1940. During the Norwegian Campaign HMS Glorious was almost fully employed in transporting RAF aircraft to Norway. During the withdrawl from Norway, HMS Glorious (Capt. Guy D'Oyly-Hughes, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and her escorting destroyers HMS Acasta and HMS Ardent were caught by the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau with a full deck of Hurricanes and Gladiators, and unable to launch her aircraft she was sunk with great loss of life in position in position 68º30'N, 03º50'E. There were only 43 survivors.  

Commands listed for HMS Glorious (77)

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1Capt. Guy D'Oyly-Hughes, DSO, DSC, RN14 Jun 19398 Jun 1940 (+)

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Notable events involving Glorious include:

16 Jan 1940
During 16 and 17 January 1940, HMS Oswald (Lt.Cdr. G.M. Sladen, RN), conducted exercises off Malta. During these exercises a practice attack was made on HMS Glorious (Capt. G. D'Oyly-Hughes, DSO, DSC, RN) that was escorted by two destroyers. These exercises also included night exercises. (1)

18 Mar 1940
HMS Glorious (Capt. Guy D'Oyly-Hughes, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and HMS Bulldog (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN) received orders to remain in the Mediterranean.

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Carrier Glorious

Winton, John


  1. ADM 173/16373

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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