HMCS CAMROSE K154
Flower Class Corvette
Commissioned at Sorel, Quebec, on 30 June 1941, the Flower Class corvette Camrose arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 6 June. She was assigned to Halifax Force after working up, but in October joined Newfoundland Command, leaving St. John’s, Newfoundland, on 8 October for Iceland with convoy SC.48. She was employed as ocean escort to and from Iceland until February 1942, when she commenced a major refit at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Upon completion in May she resumed her mid-ocean escort duties for one round trip to Londonderry, Northern Ireland, but was assigned in June to Western Local Escort Force.
In October 1942, Camrose was allocated to duties concerned with the invasion of North Africa. She left Halifax on 20 October for the United Kingdom, and for the next five months escorted convoys between Britain and the Mediterranean. In April 1943 she proceeded to Pictou, Nova Scotia, for a refit lasting five and a half months, including forecastle extension, after which she worked up in Bermuda and was assigned to Escort Group 6. She left St. John’s, Newfoundland, early in December for Londonderry, where she was based for the next four months in support of convoys, especially to and from Freetown, Sierra Leone and Gibraltar. While with combined convoys OS.64/KMS.38, she shared with the British destroyer HMS Bayntun the sinking of U-757 in the North Atlantic on 8 January 1944. In May she joined Western Approaches Command, Greenock, Scotland for invasion duties, escorting convoys to staging ports, and to and from Normandy beaches. She left the United Kingdom on 2 September for another refit at Pictou, followed by workups in Bermuda, returning in January 1945 to become a member of Escort Group 41, Plymouth, England. She served with this group until Victory-in-Europe Day, afterward participating in the re-occupation of St. Helier in the Channel Islands. Camrose left Greenock, Scotland, for home early in June 1945 and was paid off at Sydney on 22 July. She was broken up at Hamilton, Ontario in 1947.
U-Boats Sunk: U-757 (Oblt Friedrich Deetz) sunk on 8 Jan 1944 by HMS Bayntun and HMCS Camrose K154 in position 50-33 N, 18-03 W - of the crew of 49 there were no survivors.
A/LCdr Louis Raymond Pavillard, RCNR - 12 Apr 1941 - 07 Nov 1944
Lt James Barrett Lamb, RCNVR - 08 Nov 1944 - 18 Jul 1945
In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice
Lest We Forget
DAVIES, William John
AB, V/33684, RCNVR
died 21 Jun 1944
Able Seaman Davies was the only crew member of HMCS Camrose to die in wartime service. Able Seaman Davies was accidentally killed when the ship's revolver went off when it was being cleaned. He was shot in the chest and died within ten minutes. He is buried in the Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery, Hampshire, England.
In memory of those who have crossed the bar
They shall not be forgotten
Former Crew Members
Photos and Documents
(WW01) William Welsh aiming a bren gun on HMCS CAMROSE (WW02) William Welsh on a signal lamp on HMCS CAMROSE (WW03) William Welsh on the bridge of HMCS CAMROSE (WW04) William Welsh "on the bridge of CAMROSE late 1941, original issue convoy coat and winter cap, holding our original WW1 telescope. Note the awning bars ... and us in the North Atlantic (WW05) "On the bridge of CAMROSE in the North Atlantic and fresh salt water 'inboard' bound, fortunately nobody in the way."
(WW08) L/Tel "Dusty" and Alan Dickie (right) on HMCS CAMROSE (WW09) Sailors on HMCS CAMROSE. Alan Dickie on left (WW10) Unknown officer on HMCS CAMROSE - possibly Lt McIsaac, CO of HMCS PRESCOTT
(WW11-WW12) William Welsh. On back of photo - "What 'well dressed' Ldg Sig people used in North Atlantic 1942, etc. On CAMROSE with free rum" (WW13) William Welsh on HMCS CAMROSE (WW14) Unknown sailor on HMCS CAMROSE (WW15) Written on back of photo - "On CAMROSE: Mortimore (stoker) was unofficial barber: haircuts $0.25 or a drink of rum. He wanted to serve with his brother on St. Croix and got the draft: but both were lost when St. Croix torpedoed."
Photo WW15 note: There were two brothers lost on St. Croix, but not with the name “Mortimore.” (No crewman with that name.) The two brothers that died were Carmen Ernest Stephenson (Leading Seaman, RCNVR) and Francis Woodrow Stephenson (Petty Officer, RCN) - however, neither were stokers.
From the collection of William Welsh, Sig
Courtesy of Kyle Daun
(HB01) Harry Brian on the fo'c's'le HMCS CAMROSE K154 (HB02) Cooks on HMCS CAMROSE K154 (HB03) Sailors on HMCS CAMROSE K154 in Bermuda - Back: L-R: Walter, Brovner, Harry, unknown - Front: Unknown, Wednt, Smarb(t) (HB04) Sailors on HMCS CAMROSE K154 in Bermuda (HB05) Sailors on HMCS CAMROSE with duffle bags ready to go ashore
(HB06) Unknown corvette (HB07) Painting ship (HB08) Staff Laurence (HB09) Unknown sailors jacking around on HMCS CAMROSE K154 (HB10) Royal Navy corvette HMS STONECROP K142
(HB11) Painting with Staff Laurence (HB12) Staff Laurence, ? Sandcliffe and Harry Brian - Trafalgar Square, London, England, 21 Jun 1945 (HB13) British Destroyer (HB14) Ship's mascot for HMCS CAMROSE K154 (HB15) Corvettes at Portsmouth, England. HMCS ORILLIA K119 centre of 3 nested ships
(HB16) Damage to HMCS CAMROSE K154 after being rammed by HMS NASTURTIUM K107 in the English Channel 02 Feb 1945 (HB17) HMS NASTURTIUM K107 with damage to her bow (HB18) Watt, Brian, Laurence, Day on the fo'c's'le of HMCS CAMROSE K154 (HB19) Gun deck and fo'c's'le of HMCS CAMROSE K154 (HB20) Harry Brian on an AA gun on HMCS CAMROSE K154
(HB21) Supply ships in Scotland (HB22) Staff Laurence on HMCS CAMROSE K154 (HB23) Unknown sailor on HMCS CAMROSE K154 (HB24-HB25) Horta, Azores 07 Jan 1945
(HB26) unknown location - possibly off the French coast (HB27) Merchant ship with either HMS RODNEY or HMS NELSON in the background (HB28-HB29) Moville, Irish Free State, on the way to Londonderry (HB30) Convoy - possibly in the English Channel
(HB31) Fort de l'Ouest and the entrance to the harbour at Cherbourg in Normandy, France (...) British Monitor HMS ROBERTS off Normandy (...) Phoenix Cassion being towed across the English Channel to Normandy. Historical note: The Phoenix Cassions were used to create the Mulberry portable harbour breakwaters to facilitate landing of troops and material until harbour facilities in France could be repaired and brought back into use.
(HB35-HB37) Torpedoed Tanker (HB38-HB39) Recovering the body of a downed British airman
From the collection of Harry A.J. Brian, RCNVR
Courtesy of David Brian