In the view of one man who served aboard Essex around 1911, she was an unhappy and unpleasant ship and well known as a hot bed of un-natural practices, as told in The Royal Navy, an Illustrated Social History 1870-1982. Men going ashore at Portsmouth wearing an HMS Essex cap would be mocked by local harlots as being unlikely to want their services. On the 16th of June, 1917, HMS Essex departed from Kantara, Egypt and carried Australian troops (4th Light Horse AIF) back to Australia.
She served in the First World War with most of her sisters, and survived to be sold for scrap on 8 November 1921. Essex was eventually broken up in Germany.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
The Royal Navy, an Illustrated Social History 1870-1982. Capt. John Wells. 1984 ISBN 0-7509-0524-7
|This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).|