HMS Cleopatra has been associated with Harrogate since 1942. The Dido class cruiser C33) was launched in 1940 and served with distinction during the 2nd World War. She suffered serious damage and lost many of her crew during fighting in the Mediterranean against the Italian and German navies. She was scrapped in 1958.
The frigate HMS Cleopatra (F28) was commissioned in January 1966 and served and travelled all over the world and was finally scrapped in 1993.
Several times over the years, HMS Cleopatra has been given the Freedom of the City of Harrogate and the privilege of marching through the town.
HMS Cleopatra Old Shipmates Association was founded in 1985 from members of the cruisers ship’s company and several of the originals hopefully will be at the next reunion in May 2020. Since 1995, members of the frigate’s ship’s company have been invited to join. At present, the Association has 251 members including wives/partners and associate members from as far away as Australia.
We hold an A.G.M. and reunion in different parts of the country and have visited our adopted town Harrogate in 2000, 2003, 2006, 2014 and 2018.
Our future reunions will be held at Southsea in 2020 and Bristol in 2021.
We have close connections with the local Sea Cadet Unit TS Cleopatra and our President Commander Tony Rowe, Royal Navy is one of their Vice Presidents.
The Reunion in May 2021 will be our 36th
Our ages range from the early 40’s to the late 90’s and as usual, everybody will have an enjoyable and wonderful weekend.