River Class Frigate



HMS Ettrick K254

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Source: Ministry of Defence Foxhill Collection of Ship Photographs FL 11755

Battle honours and awards:  Gulf of St. Lawrence  1944,   Atlantic  1944-45



Laid down: 31 Dec 1941

Launched: 22 Feb 1943

Commissioned: 11 Jul 1943

Transferred to RCN: 29 Jan 1944

Commissioned: 29 Jan 1944

Returned to RN: 30 May 1945

Paid off: 30 May 1945

Fate: Broken up Jun 1953


Named after a river in Scotland, HMS Ettrick was commissioned  on 11 Jul 1943, as an RN ship and assigned to EG C-1, a Canadian escort group. On 29 Jan 1944, while undergoing a refit in Halifax, she was transferred to the RCN, and on completion of the refit on 06 May 1944 she was assigned to EG C-3. She arrived in Bermuda on 30 Sep 1944 for a month's working-up, and on her return made two round trips to Londonderry with EG C-3, before being transferred in October to EG 27, Halifax. She was employed locally until VE-Day, and on 30 May 1945, returned to the RN at Southampton. She was then converted to a combined operations HQ ship, though never employed as such, and in Apr 1946, was laid up at Harwich. In 1953 she was broken up at Grays, Essex.



Photos and Documents          Battle for Convoy BX-141



Commanding Officers


A/LCdr William Rolland Stacey, RCNR - 29 Sep 1944 - 20 Feb 1944


LCdr Edward Middlemas More, RCNR - 16 Mar 1944 - 30 May 1945



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Barlow, Douglas Wilson, SLt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1944


Buie, John Carscadden, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1944


Bohme, John David, Lt, RCNVR - 06 May 1944


Cowburn, Herbert Houston, SLt, RCNVR - 11 Feb 1945


Dick, Howard Douglas, SLt (E), RCNVR - 16 Mar 1944


Gardiner, Cyril Herbert, SLt, RCNVR - 25 Feb 1945


Heward, Charles Denys, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Jun 1944

James, John Edwin, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Feb 1944


Lofthouse, Robert Noel, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 07 Jul 1944


Haldane, Alexander Goodall, Lt (SB), RCNVR - 30 Apr 1945


Rejall, Harold William, Lt, RCNVR - 17 May 1944


Sanders, Robert Lewis, Lt (E), RCNVR - 01 Feb 1944


Slater, Anthony Herbert Murray, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1944


Smith, Malcolm Edward, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1944



Photos and Documents




SJ01                                                       SJ02

(SJ01) Stanley Johnstone (right) with unknown shipmate on HMCS ETTRICK K254

(SJ02) Stanley Johnstone on HMCS ETTRICK K254




From the collection of Stanley Johnstone, RCNVR

Courtesy of Richard Johnstone




Note that the censor has removed her pendant number


From the collection of Donald L. Cameron, AB, RCNVR


Courtesy of Cameron Sheskay





DND / RCN Photo





RCN Photo # S-2881


Courtesy of the Comox RCAF Museum