1929 - Launch of DORSETSHIRE
29th January. With the cheers of thousands of spectators the new cruiser Dorsetshire took to the water from No. 5 Slipway from where she had been launched by the Countess of Shaftesbury. She was to be the last of the County class cruisers to be built at Portsmouth. A fourth ship, to be named Surrey,was cancelled before being laid down.
On the 5th April 1942 the Dorsetshire, in company with her sister ship the Cornwall, were steaming to join the main body of the fleet, having cleared Colombo on the previous day. At 1340 they were ferociously attacked by Japanese aircraft. Within minutes she was struck by ten bombs and several near misses that caused shock damage to the hull. At 1346 she rolled onto her beam ends and sank stern first and taking 234 of her crew with her. The Cornwall was also sunk in this attack with the loss of 190 of her crew. The survivors had to spend some 30 hours in the water before they were rescued.