In Memory of HMS Jervis Bay
"Memorial service at sea at the spot
where she was sunk"
Photos of a memorial service held on board the Armed
Merchant Ship Moltair for the officers and men who were lost in the
sinking of HMS Jervis Bay.
Jervis Bay was an armed merchant cruiser and was the sole escort for
the 38 ship Convoy HX-84 from Halifax to the UK. On 5 Nov 1940, the
convoy encountered the German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer.
Hopelessly outgunned, Captain Fegen of the Jervis Bay gave the order
for the convoy to scatter, and the Jervis Bay attacked the Admiral
Scheer in order to give time for the convoy to escape. Captain Fegen
went down with the Jervis Bay and three days later 68 survivors of
her crew of 254 were picked up by a neutral Swedish ship Stureholm.
Three of the survivors later died of their injuries. The sacrifice
of made by the Jervis Bay and her crew allowed the convoy time to
escape and Admiral Scheer managed to sink only 5 merchant ships.
Fegen was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross as a result of this
action. The citation for his award reads: "for valour in
challenging hopeless odds and giving his life to save the many ships
it was his duty to protect. On the 5th of November, 1940, in heavy
seas, Captain Fegen, in His Majesty's Armed Merchant Cruiser Jervis
Bay, was escorting thirty-eight Merchantmen. Sighting a powerful
German warship he at once drew clear of the Convoy, made straight
for the Enemy, and brought his ship between the Raider and her prey,
so that they might scatter and escape. Crippled, in flames, unable
to reply, for nearly an hour the Jervis Bay held the German's fire.
So she went down: but of the Merchantmen all but four or five were
From the collection of Glendon Oliver
Courtesy of Keith Oliver